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October 20, 2012

Quick hits from NC State's win at Maryland



Quick hits and notes from NC State's hard-to-believe 20-18 win over Maryland in front of an announced crowd of 40,217 fans at stunned Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.

State's foreign field goal kicker is better than Maryland's

NC State sophomore Niklas Sade, a native of Germany, made both of field goal attempts to extend his streak of consecutive successful field goal tries to five in a row. The 43-yarder with 32 seconds left proved to be the first game-winner for NCSU since current Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka made one in overtime at Miami in 2007.

Sade is 7-of-10 kicking field goals in the season and has come through in clutch times. He made a 50-yarder in the final minutes at Miami to briefly tie that game at 37-37.

On the other end, Maryland's Brad Craddock, a freshman from Australia, missed a crucial extra point after Maryland's first touchdown that would have tied the game, and then he banged a potential game-winning 33-yard field goal off the left upright as time expired.

Record night for Amerson

Junior cornerback David Amerson interception late in the second quarter was the fourth of the season for him, and it also gives him 17 for his career. That makes Amerson the all-time leader in interceptions in NC State history.

On a side note, NCSU is 11-2 in games during which Amerson has picked off a pass. Amerson would have had his third career pick six had the long runback not been called back for a block in the back.

Record night for Underwood

Redshirt sophomore receiver Bryan Underwood caught six passes for 134 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown. Both his reception total and receiving yards represented career-highs for Underwood, and the 68-yard catch was the second longest of his career.

Underwood has eight touchdown receptions this year and has a receiving score in all seven games. Saturday's TD extended his already-record streak of contests with a receiving touchdown to seven.

Not a record night, but still big totals for Glennon

Fifth-year senior quarterback Mike Glennon completed just 23 of 47 passes, his first game under 50-percent passing this year, but he threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. That was Glennon's fifth career 300-plus throwing game, third most in NC State history.

Glennon's first touchdown pass was a 25-yard toss to redshirt sophomore fullback Logan Winkles. That was the longest of Winkles' four career receptions and the first score of his career.

State rode Glennon to 347 total yards, which is the most that Maryland's stout defense had allowed in a game, topping the previous high of 338 at West Virginia.

New look offensive line

Both starting tackles, junior Rob Crisp and fifth-year senior Andrew Wallace, dressed for the game, but Crisp was the only of the two to return. He started at left tackle, moving fifth-year senior R.J. Mattes back to left guard. Redshirt junior Duran Christophe started at right guard.

Not all good Saturday

State knocked out freshman quarterback Perry Hills with a knee injury in the second quarter on Amerson's interception return. Hills' replacement, sophomore converted receiver Devin Burns, proved to be a nightmare matchup with little preparation.

The athletic Burns dramatically sparked one of the worst rushing attacks in the country. The combination of Burns and freshman running back Wes Brown carved apart State's defense. Brown finished with 25 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Burns added 12 rushes for 50 yards and a score.

All total Maryland had 206 yards rushing, 161 of them in the second half. This was a Maryland team that had rushed for over 100 yards just once this year. The Terrapins' second half total was 17 more than their previous season-best for an entire game of 144 against Temple.

Maryland also finished with a staggering 462 total yards, 111 more than their previous best this year of 351 at West Virginia. The Terps also had a huge time of possession advantage of 35:14 to 24:46.

The big turning point in the game also came off a significant miscue on special teams by NCSU when sophomore punter Wil Baumann simply dropped a long snap, and his rushed punt hit a teammate in the back after State's opening possession in the second half.

That gave Maryland short field position at the NCSU 44 which they converted for a touchdown, cutting State's lead to 10-9 after Craddock's missed extra point.

What the win means

NC State improves to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. This snapped State's 16-game road losing streak against ACC divisional opponents. The Pack is 3-19 against fellow Atlantic Division foes on the road. Two of those wins has come at Maryland.

NCSU retakes the edge in the overall series with Maryland 33-32-4. The Pack has now won three of the last four against the Terps after losing 8 of 10.


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