N.C. State holds off Maryland on late FG attempt


N.C. State holds off Maryland on late FG attempt


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Mike Glennon directed a frantic drive to set up a 43-yard field goal by Niklas Sade with 32 seconds left, and North Carolina State overcame a valiant performance by Maryland backup quarterback Devin Burns in a 20-18 victory Saturday.

After Sade's kick, the Terrapins moved 60 yards in five plays behind third-string quarterback Caleb Rowe before a 33-yard field goal try by Brad Craddock hit the left upright with two seconds remaining.

The Wolfpack (5-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 18-17 and had no timeouts left upon getting the ball at their own 20 with 2:17 to go. Glennon completed a 14-yard pass to Quintin Payton on a third-and-10 and pushed N.C. State into field-goal range with a 14-yard completion to Rashard Smith.

Glennon went 23 for 47 for 307 yards and two touchdowns, and Bryan Underwood had six catches for 134 yards and a score. Underwood has caught a TD pass in seven straight games, the longest such streak in school history.

Burns replaced injured Perry Hills late in the second quarter and nearly produced a stunning victory for Maryland (4-3, 2-1) against all odds in the first extensive action of his college career.

Burns, a sophomore, rushed for 50 yards and completed 3 of 4 passes for 47 yards. He wasn't even on the depth chart at quarterback at the beginning of summer practice and ran only two plays this season before being pressed into action after Hills was carted from the field in the second quarter with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

Maryland trailed 10-3 at halftime and 17-15 in the fourth quarter before rallying behind Burns and true freshman Wes Brown, who ran for 121 yards on 25 carries.

The Terps went up 18-17 on a 48-yard field goal by Craddock with 13:39 left, but the lead wouldn't stand up.

Hills' injury occurred while he was trying to make a tackle after throwing an interception. The quarterback was chasing David Amerson when he was flattened by Rickey Dowdy, who was called for an illegal block to the back.

Hills was thrust into the starting role in August after C.J. Brown tore his ACL. Hill helped Maryland win four of six games and was 12 for 20 for 159 yards in this one before leaving.

Burns, meanwhile, moved from quarterback to wide receiver in the spring of 2011, then switched back to quarterback during preseason camp after Brown's injury.

In spite of his lack of experience, Burns brought the Terrapins back against an N.C. State coming off a bye and two weeks removed from beating Florida State.

Maryland trailed 10-3 before a blocked punt and interference penalty set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Brown midway through the third quarter. The conversion kick failed.

On the first play following the kickoff, Underwood slipped free down the middle and was 10 yards behind the closest Maryland defender when he hauled in a rainbow pass from Glennon for a 68-yard score.

Undaunted, Burns directed a 74-yard drive that got the Terrapins to 17-15. After peeling off runs of 23, 5 and 14 yards in addition to completing a 38-yard pass to Marcus Leak, Burns scored on a bootleg from the 2.

The Wolfpack gained 18 yards on 12 plays in the first quarter while falling behind 3-0. Hills completed a pass to Leak for 47 yards on Maryland's second possession to set up a 36-yard field goal by Brad Craddock.

NC State bounced back with a strong second quarter, extending a season-long trend. Glennon went 3 for 3 for 71 yards in a 75-yard march that ended with the quarterback hitting wide-open fullback Logan Winkles over the middle for a 25-yard touchdown.

After a Maryland punt, Glennon completed a 28-yard pass to Underwood on a third-and-16, which led to a field goal for a 10-3 lead. Late in the half, Amerson picked off a Hills pass and went the distance, but the block-to-the-back penalty nullified the score.

The Wolfpack has outscored the opposition 62-13 in the second quarter this year.

Jerod Evans sharp again as Virginia Tech beats Miami, 37-16

Jerod Evans sharp again as Virginia Tech beats Miami, 37-16

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Jerod Evans threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third and Virginia Tech beat Miami 37-16 on Thursday night.

Evans hit Bucky Hodges with scoring throws of 7 and 12 yards, and Travon McMillian ran for 131 yards for the Hokies (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who kept pace with Coastal Division-leading North Carolina in the chase for a spot in the ACC title game.

Brad Kaaya threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes (4-3, 1-3), but he also was sacked eight times as they lost their third in a row.

The Hokies limited Miami to 42 rushing yards on 29 carries thanks to the sacks, which cost Kaaya 55 yards.

Woody Baron had three of the sacks for Virginia Tech, and fullback Sam Rogers threw his first career touchdown pass in the third quarter.


Miami: The Hurricanes have never won the Coastal Division since joining the ACC in 2004 and won't win it again this year. Their defense was supposed to be a question entering the game, and they were without three starters and had four freshmen in the starting lineup, but their inability to generate a running game put all the pressure on Kaaya, and while he put up some good numbers, an offensive line that allowed eight sacks isn't good enough to win most games against top level teams.

Virginia Tech: Evans was virtually mistake-free again, and their plethora of weapons in the pass game seems to be opening up the running game as well. Evans added 98 rushing yards, including a 34-yard score, as the Hokies piled up 253 yards on the ground. On defense, apart from last weekend's stunning loss at Syracuse, the Hokies have allowed only 36 points in their last four non-Syracuse games.


Miami visits Notre Dame next Saturday. The Fighting Irish are off this weekend, and have lost four of their last five.

Virginia Tech plays its second consecutive Thursday night game when it visits Pittsburgh, which is off this weekend.

Heisman Hopefuls: Does Donnel Pumphrey have a real chance?


Heisman Hopefuls: Does Donnel Pumphrey have a real chance?

San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey is the nation's leading rusher. In just six games, he already registered 1,111 rushing yards for an average of 185.17 yards per game.

What's more, he has been consistently great in his career and he now ranks 10th overall in career rushing yards among FBS players.

So does the Aztec running back have a realistic chance of winning the Heisman?

No, next question.


Sorry to be blunt about it, but the answer is no. The reason? Competition.

The level of competition seems to matter more to Heisman voters than the stats. That makes it very hard for players of non-power conference teams to even rank among the finalists.

Take Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds who was not even given an invite to New York last year despite his historic season last year. If you need more evidence that stats don't matter, how about Christian McCaffrey? McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders' record for all-purpose yards last season and still came in second in the Heisman ballots to Derrick Henry.

That's not to say that Henry wasn't deserving, he had a phenomenal season, but statistically he came nowhere near McCaffrey.

The question you must ask yourself is what would Pumphrey's numbers look like if he was playing against SEC teams every week? Would he still be having the same kind of season?

That's an impossible question to answer and an unfair one to ask. The fact is, Pumphrey is running all over Division 1 athletes. He's been phenomenal and would do much better if he was placed on the roster of a SEC or a Big Ten team than many may think. I certainly think he is deserving, but I don't vote for the Heisman.

Based on recent history, when the finalists gather in New York, Pumphrey will very likely not be among them.

Who will? Find out here in the updated Heisman Hopefuls.