COLLEGE PARK, Md. – – Career-best performances from both Danny O’Brien and Torrey Smith led to Maryland’s eighth victory of the year Saturday night, as the Terps defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack 38-31 on Senior Night.
O’Brien threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns on 33 of 47 passing while Smith caught 14 passes for 224 yards and four scores, leading the Terps to a come-from-behind victory and clinching second place in the ACC Atlantic.
Maryland fell to a 14-0 deficit after two touchdowns from Russell Wilson (one rushing, one passing), but a strong second quarter put the Terps up 17-14 at halftime. D.J. Adams, who finished the game with -1 yards on seven carries, ran in a two-yard touchdown for Maryland’s first score, and O’Brien completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Smith to tie it up. A 52-yard Travis Baltz field goal gave Maryland the lead.
In the second half, O’Brien and Smith stepped their game up to a whole other level. The two connected for three touchdowns, including a beautiful 12-yard out pass where Smith was double-covered and O’Brien threaded the ball perfectly into his hands, and a 71-yard bomb off a play action to start a drive.
The Wolfpack made a valient comeback effort, scoring two touchdowns in the last three minutes, but a DJ Adams conversion on 4th and one sealed the Maryland victory.
The Terps were unable to run the ball effectively at any point during the game, finishing with -9 yards on 20 carries as a team. Da’Rel Scott had -10 yards on four carries, and Davin Meggett was the only back that finished with positive yardage, gaining 11 yards on four rushes. The Terps were hurt on the offensive line by the loss of starting right guard Justin Lewis, who was replaced by redshirt freshman Pete White.
Maryland now awaits a bowl selection. This effort can only help their chances of a good game.