NC State escapes Maryland with win

NC State won, but it seemed like the story was more along the lines of ...

NC State barely beat Maryland and its backup backup quarterback. And his backup.

In yet another totally bizarre ACC game, NC State beat Maryland 20-18, thanks in large part to Maryland's missed 33-yard field-goal attempt, which clanked off the upright as time expired. There are times when it's hard not to feel bad for a kicker. Penn State at Virginia this season comes to mind. Maryland's Brad Craddock can be added to that list.

This was a gritty effort by the Terps, one they could be proud of considering starting quarterback Perry Hills was injured and Maryland had to use every quarterback it has on the roster, including burning Caleb Rowe's redshirt with about 30 seconds left in the game.

NC State escaped, though, and coach Tom O'Brien snapped his 13-game road losing streak against Atlantic Division opponents. It also avoided a letdown loss after a huge win of Florida State two weeks ago. O'Brien has conceded that his team handles adversity better than it handles success, and this is exactly what he was talking about.

We'll see what Florida State does tonight, but with Maryland's first ACC loss, there could be four teams in the division with one loss at the end of the night.