Staff photo by Ethan Hyman
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — For the second time in three games, N.C. State's defense couldn't come up with a stop on a key fourth-quarter drive.
In a steady rain on homecoming Saturday at Byrd Stadium, Maryland drove 89 yards in 15 plays for Obi Egekeze's game-winning, 20-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in a 27-24 defeat of the Wolfpack.
The Terrapins faced first-and-13 at their own 5-yard line after a holding penalty, and had starting tailback Da'Rel Scott leave the game with an injury on the final drive. But on third-and-10 from the Maryland 35, backup tailback Davin Meggett caught a flare pass from Chris Turner and raced 31 yards to put the Terrapins in position for a chip shot field goal.
The N.C. State defense also crumbled late in the game on Oct. 4, when Boston College drove the length of the field for a Chris Crane touchdown run with 23 seconds remaining in a 38-31 win.
N.C. State (2-6, 0-4 ACC) has lost four in a row and has six straight ACC losses dating back to last season. Maryland (6-2, 3-1) became bowl eligible in just the eighth game of the season.
Maryland's defense was coming off a 26-0 shutout of Wake Forest, but it didn't take N.C. State's offense long to demonstrate that this was going to be a different kind of game.
Russell Wilson, targeted his tight ends on a 14-play, 73-yard opening drive, passing 18 yards to Anthony Hill and 15 yards to George Bryan. Andre Brown dived over the pile for a 1-yard scoring run, and Jarvis Williams added a 4-yard touchdown catch on N.C. State's second drive for a 14-7 lead with 55 seconds expired in the second quarter.
But after N.C. State held Maryland to a 47-yard Obi Egekeze field goal, Brown lost a fumble at the N.C. State 24-yard line. When Davin Meggett skipped into the end zone from 1 yard out, Maryland led 17-14.
The Terrapins seemed poised to add to the lead with N.C. State's Bradley Pierson punting from his own end zone late in the second quarter. Danny Oquendo fumbled the punt, and DeAndre Morgan recovered at the N.C. State 49.
Wilson drove the Wolfpack to the Maryland 11, then rushed the field goal team onto the field with time running out. N.C. State snapped the ball with one second remaining in the half, and Josh Czajkowski drilled a 28-yard field goal to tie the score at 17-17 to end the half.
The teams traded touchdowns to open the second half, with Scott scoring on a 24-yard run and N.C. State answering with a 7-yard pass from Wilson to Darrell Davis.
N.C. State survived a huge mistake when Egekeze missed wide right on a 39-yard field goal attempt with 11:12 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Wolfpack had given Maryland the ball back by committing a personal foul during a punt. Maryland appeared to score a go-ahead touchdown on a Scott run, but that was called back because of a penalty.
N.C. State moved into scoring position with a first-and-10 from the 28, but Brown gained nothing on two consecutive running plays, and Wilson was sacked to force a punt. Pierson buried the Terrapins inside the 10, but the N.C. State defense couldn't take advantage of Maryland's bad field position.