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Maryland remains hot, edges Clemson

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 5, 2006


CLEMSON, S.C. - Dan Ennis made a 31-yard field goal as time ran out to lift Maryland to a 13-12 victory over No. 19 Clemson on Saturday.

Down 12-10, Sam Hollenbach drove the Terps 54 yards, including converting a fourth and inches with a sneak, to set up Ennis' winner.

"We've been in that situation before at practice," Hollenbach said. "We just tried to do what we did a hundred times before."

Maryland's four-game win streak has come by a combined 12 points. As the victories increase, so do the stakes.

"I told the team they just won the first round of the playoffs," coach Ralph Friedgen said.

If Maryland keeps winning, which isn't a given with Miami, Boston College and Wake Forest left, it could wind up in the title game.

Hollenbach, 23-of-34 for 247 yards, completed 11 consecutive passes during one stretch, including Maryland's only touchdown, a 7-yarder to Danny Oquendo in the second quarter.

Clemson trailed 10-9 in the fourth when the ball was ripped from quarterback Will Proctor at the end of a run near the Clemson 10. Tailback C.J. Spiller chased the ball back to the goal line and slid into the end zone as he collected it. When David Holloway fell on Spiller, officials gave Maryland a safety. But after a lengthy review, Spiller was ruled down at the 1.

Two plays later, Proctor completed a 71-yard pass down the middle to tight end Thomas Hunter to the Terps 28.

Clemson appeared to seal it when James Davis rushed for a touchdown. That play, however, was nullified by an illegal procedure call, and the Tigers settled for Jad Dean's fourth field goal, a 22-yarder, with 2:25 left.

No. 11 Notre Dame 45, North Carolina 26

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Brady Quinn threw for four touchdowns and a season-high 346 yards for the Irish.

After the Heels tied it at 7 on Jesse Holley's 12-yard catch with 6:04 left in the first quarter, they went three-and-out on four consecutive series and lost 14 yards.

Meanwhile, Quinn threw scores of 11 yards to John Carlson and 14 yards to Rhema McKnight and Carl Gioia made a 27-yard field goal for a 24-7 lead.

After the field goal, North Carolina closed to 24-13 on Brandon Tate's 90-yard kickoff return.

But with 2:54 left in the first half, Tom Zbikowski returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown to put Notre Dame up 31-13.

Navy 38, Duke 13: Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada ran for 119 yards and a touchdown and threw for a score for the visiting Midshipmen. Duke scored but missed the extra point on its first series. Navy responded by going 72 yards (all rushing), capped by a 1-yarder by Kaheaku-Enhada.

After Reggie Campbell's 44-yard punt return, the Midshipmen made it 14-6 on Adam Ballard's 1-yard run. On its third series, Navy got a 39-yard run by Shun White on an option pitch and a 30-yard field goal by Matt Harmon for a 24-6 halftime lead.