- The Washington Times - Friday, October 12, 2001

ATLANTA The impossible became possible last night as Maryland pulled a shocker against Georgia Tech to keep its perfect season alive.
The 22nd-ranked Terrapins looked dreadful in the second half before quarterback Shaun Hill led them on a last-minute drive, and freshman kicker Nick Novak kicked a 46-yard field goal to tie the game with no time left to force overtime. Novak's 26-yard connection on Maryland's first possession of overtime proved to be the game-winning points, lifting Maryland to a 20-17 upset of the No. 15 Yellow Jackets.
Maryland clinched the victory when Georgia Tech tailback Joe Burns fumbled the ball on the Yellow Jackets' only overtime possession, and Maryland's Randall Jones recovered the loose ball to shock a packed house at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Terps broke out in wild celebration, while the Yellow Jackets hung their heads and quickly exited their home field.
"We were worried, but I don't think anyone thought we had lost yet," Jones said. "We were thinking about [the Terps being a team of destiny], and then when Nick made that kick, maybe it was meant to be. We're 6-and-0."
The Terps are now 4-0 in the ACC, and are bowl eligible. They ended a dubious 34-game losing streak to ranked opponents, a run dating back to 1990. It also marked a victorious return to Atlanta for Ralph Friedgen, who spent nine seasons at Georgia Tech, including the past four as offensive coordinator.
Maryland forced six turnovers in snapping a four-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets (4-2, 1-2 ACC). The Terps won despite a powerful performance by Godsey, who connected on 26-of-45 passes for 320 yards, but threw three interceptions. The quarterback erased a 14-0 Maryland lead at halftime as Georgia Tech scored 17 straight points in the second half before the amazing last-minute drive and overtime heroics.
The Terps continued their best start since 1978, and should win their seventh game in a season for the first time since 1985 when winless Duke comes to College Park on Oct. 20.
Hill led the comeback as Maryland took over trailing 17-14 with 1:10 left at their own 20-yard line. The senior hit Guilian Gary on an 19-yard crossing pattern to get across midfield, before working it down to the 29 on a pass to Rich Parson. Tech called time out to freeze Novak, but the freshman delivered a booming blast that easily sailed through the uprights.
Maryland led 14-0 at halftime before Tech scored 17 straight points, and apparently had defeated the Terps. Godsey's passing set up the go-winning field goal, a 39-yarder by Luke Manget with 6:33 left.
The Terps intercepted Godsey three times and recovered three fumbles, and won despite having Bruce Perry, the nation's leading rusher held to 49 yards.
Maryland broke out to a 14-0 lead on a 36-yard fumble returned for a touchdown by E.J. Henderson to end Georgia Tech's first possession, and built the lead on an 11-yard end around by Jafar Williams, but couldn't contain in the pressure-cooking environment. It suffered from self-inflicted wounds several times on penalties, and Novak missed a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter that would have made it 17-0.
Georgia Tech tied the game after on a 25-yard scoring strike from Godsey to Jonathan Smith on the first play of the fourth quarter. Smith caught a slant at the 20 before racing up the middle into the end zone. Godsey threw for 57 yards on the 64-yard drive as he continued shredding the Terps defense.
The Yellow Jackets rallied to cut Maryland's lead to 14-7 after Maryland after Novak missed. It was a missed opportunity that seem to awaken Georgia Tech's slumbering offense. Godsey led the it on 10-play, 80-yard drive before the Yellow Jackets scored on a lucky break, when receiver Will Glover fumbled the ball into the end zone and teammate Joe Burns recovered it.
The critical play was a fourth-and-five at the Maryland 35 when George Godsey ran for 7 yards on a quarterback sneak.
Maryland took a two-touchdown advantage with 10:38 left in the first half of a daring play from Georgia Tech's 11. On a first-and-5 after a Yellow Jackets' offside penalty, Hill rolled right on what looked liked traditional option play before pitching to wide out Williams coming around the corner from the right side. The reverse-field pitch resulted in the speedy Williams easily going around the left side and into the end zone. As he strutted towards the pylon, he held one hand in the air, pointing to the celebrating Maryland fans section right in front of him.
The razzle-dazzle successfully ended an eight-play, 68-yard drive. The score was set up by a 31-yard strike from Hill to Williams down the left sideline that brought Maryland to Tech's 39. The drive started after Godsey overthrew Kerry Watkins and Randall Jones made an interception.
Maryland struck early when E.J. Henderson picked up a fumble and ran 36 yards for a touchdown. Georgia Tech got the opening kickoff and started mounting a drive, but on third-and-1 at its own 43, Burns fumbled off a bad exchange from Godsey. The ball rolled toward the line of scrimmage before being deflected towards the Maryland goal. Henderson, a junior linebacker, picked it up and turned into a running back as he took off down the right sideline and made a sharp cutback at the 10-yard line before crossing the goal line.
The Terps defense has a spectacular half with two interceptions, the fumble recovery for a touchdown and dominant play on the line of scrimmage. The Yellow Jackets drove to Maryland's 6-yard line in the final minute of the half, but a sack by Henderson halted their momentum. Henderson timed the snap perfectly as he blitzed and planted Godsey at the 12 on second down. Tech then self-destructed with two illegal procedure penalties, and Luke Manget missed a 37-yard field goal as time expired to keep the shutout in order.
The Terps blew several other scoring opportunities in the first quarter. After the Yellow Jackets went three-and-out on their second possession, Maryland took over on Tech's 46 and drove to the 22 after a physical 13-yard run by Hill. However, on the next play, the Terps were called for holding and pushed back 10 yards. On fourth-and-eight at the Yellow Jackets' 20, Maryland faked a field goal as holder Brooks Barnard shoveled a pass to James Lynch, who was tackled four yards shy of the first down by Recardo Wimbush.

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