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Terps' firepower shocks Cavs

By Associated press
Published October 2, 2005


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Desperate for a win at home, Maryland rendered No.19 Virginia defenseless with a multifaceted offense that caught the Cavaliers by surprise.

Lance Ball ran for 163 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Maryland amassed 570 yards to hand Virginia its first loss, 45-33 Saturday.

Sam Hollenbach went 25-for-33 for 320 yards and two touchdowns, and Danny Melendez had nine catches for 125 yards for the Terrapins, who had 33 first downs and punted twice. The Cavaliers allowed their most yards since Georgia Tech had 627 in 2000.

"We weren't expecting a game like that," Virginia safety Nate Lyles said. "They had something to prove, and they did it. We just didn't tighten up."

Throwing or running, going inside or outside, Maryland had virtually everything working.

"I think we had an excellent game plan and our kids executed it well," Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen said. "I thought we were very unpredictable."

Seeking to reverse their fortunes at home after losses to Clemson and West Virginia, the Terps wore their alternate black jerseys for homecoming. Maryland's offense was more of a factor than the uniform switch, but whatever the reason, the Terrapins avoided their first 0-3 start at home since 1993.

"When they came in from warming up and they saw the black jerseys hanging in their lockers, they went nuts," Friedgen said. "But it's not the jerseys that win football games."

Friedgen told Hollenbach and his receivers Tuesday that he was going to depend on them to carry the team.

"I told them that Virginia is going to press us, they play a lot of man-to-man, and if they shut you down, they'll shut everything else down," Friedgen said. "They accepted the challenge."

No.21 BC 38, Ball St. 0

BOSTON - Backup quarterback Matthew Ryan ran for two first-half scores and threw a touchdown in the fourth quarter, leading the Eagles over the suspension-riddled Cardinals.

Ball State had 15 players suspended last week for violating an NCAA extra-benefits rule involving the use of textbooks.

Boston College, coming off its first conference win, scored on its first two possessions.

UNC 31, UTAH 17: Matt Baker threw two touchdowns and Tommy Richardson made two key fumble recoveries in the fourth quarter for the host Tar Heels.

The game turned on a penalty late in the third quarter. On second and 12 at the North Carolina 32, Baker's pass for Jaworski Pollack was intercepted by Eric Weddle, who returned it for a touchdown. But the Utes were called for roughing the passer, and four plays later Baker hit Mike Mason for 40 yards to the 1.

Barrington Edwards scored on the next play to put North Carolina up 24-14 with 14:02 left.

WAKE 31, CLEMSON 27: Cory Randolph threw a 6-yard touchdown to Kevin Marion with 33 seconds left and the host Demon Deacons rallied.

The comeback wasn't sealed until the final play, when Tigers wide receiver Curt Baham was stopped at the 3-yard line after a 27-yard gain as time expired.

Wake Forest drove 66 yards in slightly less than two minutes for the winner after Clemson coach Tommy Bowden called for a fake field goal instead of letting Jad Dean attempt a 44-yarder that would have put the Tigers up by six. The poorly executed play was stopped easily.

NAVY 28, DUKE 21: Lamar Owens ran for 106 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:18 left for the visiting Midshipmen. Matt Hall and Karlos Whittaker ran for scores for Navy, playing its first game in three weeks.