Terps embarrass Pack, 37-0

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Maryland dominated from the opening kickoff on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley stadium, handing the Wolfpack its first shutout in 12 years on its way to a blowout 37-0 win.

NC State had a chance on Saturday to extend its life. A chance to go to a bowl game and avoid a losing season.

But instead a lifeless and uninspired Wolfpack team walked onto the field at Carter-Finley stadium and promptly got embarrassed. Maryland ran over the Pack by a 37-0 score, ending the Pack's season with its worst loss all year and its first shutout since 1995.

Showing all the intensity of a mid-week practice, the Pack failed to do anything right in the blowout loss. The offense was inept, going for just 10 yards on the ground and converting one third down opportunity in 11 attempts. The Pack also failed on two fourth-down conversions on its way to putting up no points.

The defense was just as bad, allowing 252 yards on the ground, 467 total yards and four rushing touchdowns. The Terrapins put together drives off 88, 63 and 54 yards and the results may have been worse but the Terps spent the majority of the second half running the ball to drain the clock.

The Pack started the game by handing the Terrapins three quick points. With the Pack deep in Maryland territory, Evans threw a pass that was tipped up into the air and intercepted by Dave Philistin and returned all the way to the State 40-yard line. The Pack defense kept them out of the endzone, but a 30-yard field goal gave the Terps an early 3-0 advantage.

The Terrapins built on that lead early in the second quarter. The big play came on a designed quarterback run, where Chris Turner faked a hand-off then sprinted down the left sideline for a 41-yard gain. Keon Lattimore battered home a 1-yard touchdown run three plays later to stretch the lead to 10-0 in favor of Maryland. The Terps didn't throw a pass on the drive.

Maryland continued to pour it on for the remainder of the half. They orchestrated two long touchdown drives for 88 and 63 yards, both finished off by Lance Ball runs. Ball had consecutive scores of two and 15 yards as the Terrapins built a 24-0 lead at the half. The Terrapins out-rushed the Pack by an incredible 140 yards and held the ball for over 19 minutes on its way to decimating State in the half.

The second half went no better for the Pack, as the Terps kept scoring and the Wolfpack kept punting. Lattimore added another touchdown run in the fourth quarter and the Terrapins kicked two more field goals to make the score 37-0 in favor of Maryland.

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