Egekeze lifts Terps

COLLEGE PARK, Md. --- Former Westside standout Obi Egekeze kicked a 20-yard field goal with 6 seconds left, and Maryland kept North Carolina State winless in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a rain-soaked 27-24 victory Saturday.


The Terrapins (6-2, 3-1 ACC) got the ball on their own 8 with 4:50 remaining and moved 89 yards before Egekeze's winning kick. Chris Turner went 3-for-4 on the drive, including a 31-yard completion to running back Davin Meggett on a third-and-10 from the Wolfpack 35. Turner then ran the ball to the middle of the field to set up Egekeze's second field goal of the game.

It was the sixth consecutive home win for Maryland, which had to overcome an inspired N.C. State team and miserable weather. The victory made the Terrapins bowl-eligible and kept them tied atop the Atlantic Division with Florida State.

N.C. State (2-6, 0-4) has lost four in a row.

Da'Rel Scott ran for 163 yards and a touchdown for Maryland, which again struggled as a favorite. The Terrapins have beaten three ranked teams this season but lost to Middle Tennessee State and Virginia.

Egekeze, a senior, also connected on a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter and missed a 39-yarder early in the fourth.



In Tallahassee, Fla., Greg Carr made two finger-tip catches on long pass plays to set up touchdowns in the third quarter and the Seminoles rallied from an early 10-point deficit.

The win leaves Florida State (6-1, 3-1) tied with Maryland for first place in the Atlantic Div-ision and in control of its own destiny for a shot at the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 6.

Carr, who had three catches for 100 yards, beat Hokies star cornerback Victor Harris for a 48-yard pass from Christian Ponder to set up the go-ahead score. Moments later his 39-yard catch along the sideline set up another touchdown that gave Florida State a 24-13 lead.

Virginia Tech (5-3, 2-2) lost starting quarterback Tyrod Tay-lor on the first play of the game and backup Sean Glennon was knocked out in the third quarter. Both players had left ankle injuries.

Cory Holt finished for the Hokies and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Smith in the fourth quarter.



In Chapel Hill, N.C., Hakeem Nicks had three second-quarter touchdown catches and ran for a score in the fourth quarter to lead North Carolina.

Trimane Goddard added an interception return for a touchdown for the Tar Heels (6-2, 2-2), who fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter before roaring back with a dominating performance that made them bowl-eligible for the first time in four years.

Nicks finished with eight catches for 139 yards -- with 127 yards coming in a 24-point second quarter -- and three rushes for 31 yards, proving to be a matchup the Eagles (5-2, 2-2) had no answer for all day. He had TD catches of 26, 40 and 43 yards to go with his 12-yard rushing score.


In Miami, Robert Marve had a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Hurricanes ahead for good, Matt Bosher kicked three field goals, and the defense stiffened in the second half.

Marve completed 11 of 20 passes for 153 yards and set up the go-ahead score in the third quarter with a 43-yard rush, helping Miami (5-3, 2-2) win consecutive league games for the first time since October 2006.

Josh Adams had 21 carries for 111 yards for Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2), which marched 66 yards for a TD on the game's first drive but didn't find the end zone again.



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