Terps' Freefall Continues

Maryland loses to N.C. State

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    Head coach Ralph Friedgen hasn't had much to cheer about this season.

    Maryland football’s struggles continued Saturday as Ralph Friedgen’s Terps dropped their fourth-straight game Saturday.

    Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns and ran for another, and North Carolina State snapped a four-game losing streak by holding off the Terrapins 38-31 on Saturday in a matchup of the ACC Atlantic Division's worst teams.

    Wilson was 25-for-38 for 343 yards and the Wolfpack (4-5, 1-4) made just enough plays to secure their second win against a Bowl Subdivision opponent. Both teams combined for 752 total yards.

    The Terps stuck with the Pack thanks to big plays on special teams and defense. Torrey Smith returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown; the school-record third of his career, and Alex Wujciak returned an interception 70 yards for a score for Maryland (2-7, 1-4).

    But they didn’t get enough offense despite one-yard TD runs from Davin Meggett and Chris Turner.

    Turner was 12 of 19 passing for 135 yards, but left late in the first half with an apparent left leg injury and didn't return. For a while, the offense seemed to go with him.

    Nick Ferrara's 31-yard field goal pulled the Terps within seven with 4:56 remaining. They got the ball back with 59 seconds left. Backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson, filling in for the injured Turner, led them to the 34 with 22 seconds left but Michael Lemon sacked him with about 15 seconds left and then pressured him as he threw incomplete on the final snap.

    Robinson finished five of 11 for 27 yards. The Terps, who without injured Da'Rel Scott have dropped near the bottom of the ACC in rushing offense, had nine total yards in the third quarter.

    Maryland has lost four straight and seven of eight.