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ACC: Terrapins remain hot, keep Wolfpack reeling

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November 10, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland has mastered the cliffhanger victory over N.C. State.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland has mastered the cliffhanger victory over N.C. State.

Nick Novak's 26-yard field goal with 34 seconds left Saturday extended the Terps' win streak to seven with a 24-21 victory.

Last season, Maryland clinched the ACC title with a touchdown with 41 seconds left against N.C. State, and two years ago, it won in double overtime.

"Right now, it seems like they have our number," N.C. State linebacker Dantonio Burnette said. "It seems like their guys end up making the plays."

N.C. State has lost two in a row after starting 9-0.

"We're in it now," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. "Every game is huge. I think our kids showed their character."

Maryland, down 21-7 during the second half, tied it on quarterback Scott McBrien's 21-yard touchdown run with 9:26 left.

It got the ball with 3:22 left and drove 51 yards on its final drive, benefiting from a generous spot, which both coaches acknowledged, on a third-and-2 option run by McBrien.

On the next play, McBrien threw a 36-yard pass to Steve Suter to set up the field goal.

N.C. State had a chance to tie during the final seconds. But Philip Rivers' pass was intercepted by Raymond Custis inside the 20 with 14 seconds left.

"It's frustrating, but we're going to fight our way out of it because we can still have an outstanding football season," N.C. State coach Chuck Amato said. "This was the hottest team in the conference, and it took them 60 minutes to beat us."

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CLEMSON 42, NORTH CAROLINA 12: Charlie Whitehurst threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns, handing the Tar Heels their first winless home record (0-6) in 50 years.

Clemson trailed 9-0 during the first quarter, but Whitehurst threw touchdowns of 83 and 58 yards as it scored 21 unanswered points in the half. Whitehurst tied the school record for TD passes.

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