Terps Lose Heartbreaker against N.C. State

The Terps lost their starting quarterback but had a chance to win the game in the end.

The Terps suffered a stunning loss in the final seconds as the Terps as kicker Brad Craddock clanged a 33-yard attempt off the left upright as time expired.

"That was a very disappointing and heartbreaking loss we had out there, but the guys competed and played very hard,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “They gave everything they had. We put ourselves in a position to win the game there at the end but we just came up short. We will look at the film to make corrections and move forward.”

The Maryland Terrapins fell to the N.C. State Wolfpack in their homecoming game, 20-18, in a game that saw freshman starting quarterback Perry Hills suffer a knee injury towards the end of the first half. Hills was leveled after throwing an interception and was carted out of the game. In his place came Devin Burns, the sophomore quarterback who had been a wide receiver coming into training camp. Burns made the decision to switch to quarterback after junior quarterback C.J. Brown tore his ACL in training camp.

"Perry has a knee injury,” Edsall said. “We will wait to see what the MRI tells about it, but it doesn't look good. We will take a look at the film and look at how we will move forward. I think we have two guys who will help us move forward and it's a credit to how they have prepared and to our offensive coaches for having those kids ready."

"I definitely feel for Perry because he is a very good quarterback,” freshman quarterback Caleb Rowe said. “I personally see how hard he works behind the scenes. He really works hard during the week. I don't really know much about his injury situation yet, but I feel for him."

Trailing 10-3 to begin the second half, Devin Burns led the Terrapins' offense on a 44-yard drive capped off with freshman running back Wes Brown scoring off a one-yard run, with Craddock missing the extra point. The Wolfpack responded with quarterback Mike Glennon finding his receiver, Bryan Underwood, for a 68-yard score. Burns then led the Terps down the field on a 74-yard drive, running in the 2-yard touchdown to cut the Wolfpack's lead to 17-15. A 48-yard field goal from Craddock in the beginning of the fourth quarter gave the Terps' the lead, 18-17.

The Terrapins' defense held Glennon and the Wolfpack offense for most of the quarter, but a drive that started on the Wolfpack's own 20-yard line with 2:17 left in the game went 54 yards and kicker Niklas Sade booted the 43-yard field goal to give the Wolfpack the lead back, 20-18.

The Terps decided to go with Rowe at quarterback with 32 seconds left in the game. Rowe found senior receiver Kevin Dorsey for 17 yards on his first pass, rushed for 11 yards on his second snap and found redshirt freshman receiver Nigel King for a 33-yard pass. With the ball on the N.C. State 15-yard line, Rowe got the ball to the middle of the field and set up Craddock for a 33-yard field goal. Craddock's kick went up and just did not make it inside the posts.

"My teammates were really supportive because there were so many other opportunities during the game to earn those points,” Craddock said. “They kept telling me that it wasn't my fault, they are always supportive. It is never good when you miss one, but that comes with being a kicker. You just have to play through it."

The Terps finally found success on their ground game once Burns came into the game in the second half. The Terps finished with 206 yards with Brown running for 159 yards and a touchdown and Burns running for 68 yards and another score.

"[Burns] was not scared to tuck the ball and run, and he was very shifty and fast,” Brown said. “He knew what the down and distance was and instead of taking a risk, he took [the first down run]. I was happy about him being up to step up, create a play, and play a big role."

The defense also had a solid showing, holding N.C. State to 40 yards on the ground and their air attack to 307 yards. Other than the 68-yard touchdown from Glennon to Underwood, Edsall was very pleased with the defense's performance.

"The defense has played well all season and they played well again today, except for that one touchdown pass,” Edsall said. “That play was a killer for us. Then we needed to make one more stop there at the end to prevent them from kicking the field goal. We had them, but one of our guys lost his man and they completed the pass. There was also the close play there on the sideline and the pass interference call. They are playing well and they are playing together to execute."

With the loss, the Terps fall to 4-3 on the season and 2-1 in the ACC. The Wolfpack rise to 5-2 and 2-1 in the ACC.

The Terps will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. next week to take on the Boston College Eagles.

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