The Washington Times - October 20, 2012, 05:24PM

Maryland lost quarterback Perry Hills to an undisclosed left leg injury late in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against N.C. State.

Linebacker Rickey Dowdy leveled an illegal block on the freshman after a David Amerson interception. Hills was quickly carted off.

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Maryland did not have an immediate update on Hills’ condition.

Hill was 12-for-20 for 159 yards and an interception for the Terrapins, who trail 10-3 at the break.

Devin Burns entered for Maryland’s final series of the first half. Burns, who was playing wide receiver until C.J. Brown was lost for the season with a knee injury, and Caleb Rowe (a true freshman) are the only remaining scholarship quarterbacks.

As for the entirety of this game …

UPSIDE

1. Stefon Diggs. The Terps targeted the freshman frequently, and Diggs wrapped up the half with six catches for 61 yards in addition to a 17-yard run.

2. Wes Brown. Back from injury, the freshman has five carries for 24 yards. Overall, Maryland has 20 rushes for 41 yards.

3. Darin Drakeford. The linebacker collected a sack for the third consecutive game, and now has a team-high 5.5 sacks for the season.

DOWNSIDE

1. Who’s the QB? At some point, the punishment Perry Hills has absorbed was going to take its toll. He played all but three of Maryland’s first 416 offensive snaps this season, including 22 sacks and countless other hits. With him carted off, it’s anyone’s guess how much of a step down Maryland’s already so-so quarterback play will take.

2. Timeout shenanigans. Both Randy Edsall and Tom O’Brien burned off all their timeouts and successfully forced each other to punt in the final minute. Halftime couldn’t come fast enough.

3. Those who dislike punting. The rundown for the first half: nine punts, two field goals, one touchdown and one interception. Yuck.

Patrick Stevens