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Topic - C.J. Brown
C.J. Brown ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more, and Maryland beat North Carolina State 41-21 on Saturday in its final Atlantic Coast Conference game.
With the score tied at 26, Eagles senior Nate Freese was called upon to kick a 52-yard field goal. He missed — for the first time all year. But Maryland coach Randy Edsall requested a timeout an instant before the kick. The second try went right through the uprights as time expired.
There was a time when things just weren't the same for quarterback C.J. Brown because of injury. Those days are behind him and Maryland is bowl eligible.
Now that Maryland has finally gotten its coveted sixth win, the Terrapins intend to use the final two weeks of the regular season to make a positive impression on bowl committees around the country.
The Terrapins' 27-24 victory over Virginia Tech was a season-salvaging event. Maryland had seen its 21-7 lead erased and overcame a pass interference call in overtime that led to a Hokies field goal when it appeared Virginia Tech would be held scoreless.
The loss damaged Virginia Tech's chance of playing for the ACC championship. The Hokies started the game knowing if they beat Maryland and then Virginia next week, and if Duke lost one of its three remaining games, they would win the Coastal Division and a spot in the championship game.
As they prepare to face Virginia Tech on Saturday, the Terrapins have dropped three in a row and four of five. They've been stuck on five victories for a month and still need a sixth to become bowl-eligible.
Two interceptions, two lost fumbles, several dropped passes and shoddy tackling all contributed to Maryland's third straight loss and fourth in five games.
"Now is a good time to get that sixth win," defensive end Zeke Riser said Tuesday. "We started 4-0, and it was like, we're going to get to six really quickly. It hasn't worked out that way."
With standout quarterback Tajh Boyd leading the way, Clemson scored three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes and pulled away to a 40-27 victory Saturday.
The Terrapins were 5-1 this year before their top two receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, each broke a leg last week in a 34-10 loss at Wake Forest. Diggs and Long are among nine players out for the season, six on defense.
Maryland (5-1) proved it can still accomplish many of the goals it had set prior to the season. Meanwhile, Virginia (2-4) faces a scramble for bowl eligibility with only one game remaining in which it figures to be the favorite.
Rowe made his second career start in place of C.J. Brown, who sustained a concussion in last week's 63-0 loss at Florida State. Rowe went 18 for 34 and directed an offense that accumulated 468 yards.
The Terrapins were off to their best start since 2001 and ranked for the first time in three seasons before being jolted back to reality with a 63-0 loss to Florida State last Saturday.
Maryland (4-1, 0-1) never got anything going and was lost after quarterback C.J. Brown left the game with an injury in the second quarter. The No. 2 total offense in the ACC was held to 234 yards.
"Everyone was flowing for the pitch," Brown said, "and I was able to knife them up and take them in for the score."
"We came out with the mentality that we weren't going to be denied," Brown said.