Error Prone Devils Dumped By Maryland

Blue Devil freshman Mike Schneider passed for a career best 270 yards, but it wasn't enough to overcome a balanced Terrapin attack as Maryland capitalized on a number of errors to send Duke to a 28th consecutive conference defeat with a 33-20 victory Saturday night in College Park.

After starting slow, Scott McBrien rebounded to pass for 238 yards and a touchdown as Maryland scored the game's first 27 points including 14 in the decisive third quarter. McBrien was 7-for-11 for 100 yards in the third period that saw a 13-0 halftime advantage stretched to 27-0.

That margin proved to be enough to hand the Blue Devils, who turned the ball over twice and committed 13 penalties, their third consecutive loss on the season after winning two of their first three.

On the evening McBrien managed to complete 18 of 32 passes as Maryland won its fifth straight game on the season, after dropping the first two to Northern Illinois and Florida State.

Senior fullback Alex Wade returned to last year's All-Conference level, rushing for 65 yards on 14 carries which yielded two touchdowns, and backfield mate Chris Douglas added 78 yards on 15 carries as Duke racked up 143 yards on the ground.

Meanwhile the red shirt freshman Schneider completed 20 of his career high 47 pass attempts for 270 yards and a touchdown against just one interception.

Early on it seemed that Duke would be able to compete with the heavily favored Terps, out gaining them 92-18 in the first quarter while holding Maryland to just one first down in the period.

However the Terps were able to utilize a pair of field goals from kicker Nick Novak to take a 6-0 lead early in the second period. After the ensuing Duke possession and subsequent punt, Maryland was able to move 64 yards in just two plays – both passes from McBrien to Latrez Harrison. The first was a 49 yard pass that left Duke defensive back Brian Greene in the dust. The second was floater to the back corner of the endzone, again over Greene to make it 13-0.

Maryland quickly put the game out of reach at the start of the second half, moving 80 yards after the kickoff to go up 20-0. Maryland made first downs on four straight plays before Bruce Perry scored on an 18-yard run.

The final nail in the coffin for the Blue Devils came on an errant snap that was recovered by Maryland inside the Duke 10 yard line, and soon converted on a Sammy Maldonado touchdown scamper.

The Blue Devils host Wake Forest next weekend at Wallace Wade Stadium. Kick off is scheduled for noon.

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