The Pack started the game with a dominating drive, using a steady diet of Andre Brown to chew up the Maryland defense. Brown carried six times and caught a pass on the 73-yard drive that took up almost eight minutes of the first quarter. Wilson completed the only two passes he threw, a 15-yard pass to George Bryan and a 18-yard completion to Anthony Hill. Brown ended the drive with a dive over the pile at the goal line, giving the Pack a 7-0 lead early.
But the Pack was unable to hold the momentum as the defense allowed a quick game-tying touchdown. The Terrapins were particularly effective on second down, averaging over 13 yards a play while averaging under a yard on first down during the drive. The touchdown play was a 23-yard pass to tight end Dan Gronkowski.
Russell Wilson and the offense wasted no time in answering back though, with another touchdown drive to retake the lead. Despite a steady rain, Wilson went to the air, completing 4-of-5 passes for 49 yards. His last pass was the one that ended the drive, a 4-yard strike to Jarvis Williams in the back of the end zone.
After a Maryland field goal made it 14-10 in favor of the Pack, the offense made its first big mistake of the day. On first down from the 20-yard line, Brown coughed up the ball and Maryland recovered. Just four plays later, the Terrapins would take the lead on a 1-yard run by Davin Meggett.
A Maryland mistake allowed the Pack to tie the game up 17-17 at the half, as the Terrapins muffed a punt at midfield that was recovered by DeAndre Morgan. Wilson and the offense then marched down the field, managing the final seconds perfectly and kicking a 28-yard field goal off the foot of Josh Czajkowski as the clock expired on the first half.
But the Terrapins quickly took the advantage back from the Pack, as the poor-tackling Wolfpack defense allowed a quick touchdown to open the second half. Running back Da'Rel Scott did all of the heavy lifting for Maryland on the drive, carrying the ball three times for over 40 yards and scoring on a 23-yard run to make it 24-17.
Not to be out done, the offense tied the score on its ensuing possession. Wilson kept the drive alive with a 27-yard scamper on third and nine, then threw a nice touch pass over the defense to Darrell Davis in the end zone for a seven yard touchdown. The two teams would keep each other off the board for the rest of the game, until Maryland's game-winning touchdown.