Originally created 09/02/01

ACC roundup



COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen's career as a head coach was less than two minutes old when Willie Parker ran 77 yards for a North Carolina touchdown.

Friedgen's first thought: "This is a great way to open up."

His second: "This is the last time they score today."

Friedgen was right on both counts. Shaun Hill threw two touchdown passes to complement a stellar performance by the Maryland defense, and the Terrapins rolled to a 23-7 victory Saturday.

Friedgen, a Maryland alum hired to turned around a team that hasn't played a bowl game since 1990, became the first coach to win his first game with the Terrapins since Tom Nugent in 1959.

"It was special, but hopefully one of many," Friedgen said. "What was special to me was the way the kids responded to me. I pushed them, and today they know why."

Maryland (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 23 straight points after Parker's run stunned Friedgen and the crowd of 44,080.

"We knew that the whole game wasn't going to be like that," Maryland linebacker Aaron Thompson said. "It just happened. It could have been a test from up above to see how we'd react to a situation like that. I think we responded well."

Said Friedgen: "Take that play out, they didn't do anything."

North Carolina (0-2, 0-1) remained winless under first-year coach John Bunting. Darian Durant replaced senior quarterback Ronald Curry in a second straight game, but unlike last week against Oklahoma, the redshirt freshman failed to generate any offense.

"I thought we'd be better. I really did," said Bunting, who blamed his team's woeful attack on a young offensive line.

Curry went 6-for-12 for 61 yards and an interception. Durant, who entered in the third quarter, finished 10-for-14 for 97 yards and two interceptions.

Virginia 17, Richmond 16

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A missed extra point cost Division I-AA Richmond a chance at an upset as the Spiders fell to Virginia 17-16 on Saturday.

The Spiders (0-1) could have tied it 17 with 8:50 remaining following Claude Diggs' 5-yard TD run, but Doug Kirchner's extra-point attempt sailed wide left.

Richmond had two other opportunities to take the lead, but receiver Ryan Tolhurst fumbled on the Virginia 20, with Earl Sims recovering the Ball with 4:20 remaining.

Then, with less than two minutes to go, Sims intercepted a desperation fourth-down pass, allowing the Cavaliers (1-1) to run out the clock.

Billy McMullen caught two 1-yard touchdown passes to provide most of the Cavaliers' offense.

No. 6 Florida State 55, Duke 13

DURHAM, N.C. - Chris Rix eased into the post-Chris Weinke era with two touchdown passes and No. 6 Florida State blocked two punts for scores to beat Duke 55-13 on Saturday night.

The Seminoles spotted the Blue Devils an early touchdown in the season opener for both teams, then clamped down on defense and made a pair of special team plays in the second quarter that turned the game around.

Rix wore Weinke's No. 16, but his performance at quarterback was average in his first start replacing last year's Heisman Trophy winner.

The Seminoles scored 31 points by the half, but Rix had just 93 yards and finished 9-of-18 for 135 yards throwing to a depleted group of receivers. His TD passes of 26 and 33 yards came after Florida State already had a big lead.

The freshman was off the mark early and was short on some deep routes as the Blue Devils hung close for 18 minutes before dropping their 13th straight - the nation's longest losing streak.