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Terps beat Wahoos, set stage for showdown with FSU


By Ben Linton

By winning their final road game 42-23 at Virginia, the Maryland Terrapins football team will head home for two final and very important games. Maryland improved to 7-3 (4-2 ACC) with the win, and faces Florida State in its blackout game next week and NC State in the following week in the senior game. In order to get to this position, Maryland used a 21-point fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Hoos.

The Terps trailed 23-21 heading into the final 15 minutes to play, but exploded in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Running Back D.J. Adams scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter to put the Terps up 28-23. After forcing the Cavs to a three-and-out, Danny O’Brien hit Da’Rel Scott on a 2-yard pass on a 3rd and goal play with 8 minutes to go. It was a crucial play in the game, because Maryland would have had to kick a field goal, which would have only increased their lead to 8 instead of 12.

The Cavaliers were intercepted twice on their next two possessions, by Eric Franklin and Adrian Moten, respectively. Maryland was finally able to capitalize with a little over two minutes to go when O’Brien connected with Smith for a 12-yard score to put the Terps up 42-23, a score that would stand for the remainder of the game. O’Brien had a great game, throwing for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns while also running for one. Adams led the rushing attack with 37 yards and 3 tds and Smith was the top passing target with 7 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdowns.

Maryland will face Florida State next week, who is coming off a 16-13 win against Clemson. The Seminoles have a half game lead over the Terps and NC State, who goes to Chapel Hill Saturday to face the Tar Heels. If the Terps can win their final two games, they will play for the ACC Championship in Charlotte on December 4th.

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