- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 21, 2001

Bring on Florida State.
Maryland fans were doing the tomahawk chop and singing the Seminoles' war chant as the game wound down yesterday at Byrd Stadium. The 12th-ranked Terrapins weren't even done obliterating defenseless Duke before thoughts turned to Saturday's showdown at nine-time defending ACC champion Florida State.
The Terps took care of the Duke formality with a 59-17 romp. It marked the first time Maryland has won seven games in a season since 1985 and set up a clash in the deep South with ACC title hopes and a BCS berth in the balance.
Quarterback Shaun Hill had a spectacular afternoon as Maryland improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the ACC with representatives from the Sugar Bowl looking on. The Terps will go in as the higher-ranked team as they try to prove they belong among college football's elite in Tallahassee, where the No. 21 Seminoles have not lost an ACC game since joining the league in 1992. Maryland will try to go 8-0 for the first time in 23 seasons at notorious Doak Campbell Stadium.
"They won it last year, and as far as I'm concerned, they are still the champs, right?" said Terps safety Tony Jackson, who had one of three interceptions. "We have to go down there and just take it from them."
Hill had his best game as a Terp in leading Maryland to touchdowns on its first six possessions. The senior from Kansas completed his first nine passes and finished 26-for-32 for a career-high 323 yards and one touchdown. The 6-foot-3, 221-pound runner also rushed for a career-high 105 yards and two touchdowns.
"I told the offense before the game that I expected them to score on every possession," said Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen, who became the first coach in program history to win his first seven games. "We were at six and threw an interception."
By that time, however, Maryland led 42-10, and listless Duke (0-7, 0-5) was assured of its 19th straight defeat. Maryland amassed 697 yards on offense, and its 59 points were their highest total against an ACC opponent since a 62-24 drubbing of Virginia in 1975.
The punishment started early. After Duke went three-and-out on the game's first possession, the Terps ran five times for 58 yards.
A pitch to slotback Rich Parson turned into a 31-yard gain, and Hill completed things with a 2-yard scoring run. Hill set up the next score with a 57-yard burst on an option keeper before Bruce Perry (79 yards rushing, 62 yards receiving) crossed the goal line on a 12-yard jaunt.
The rout continued after Jackson intercepted a pass from D. Bryant and returned it five yards to Duke's 22. Two plays later, fullback James Lynch took an inside handoff 14 yards for a touchdown, and Maryland led 21-0 after less than nine minutes.
"When you know you are better than a team, you can't let them hang around," said Maryland offensive tackle Eric Dumas, whose line paved the way for 362 rushing yards. "You have to smack them in the mouth."
The assault continued after Duke cut the lead to 21-7 on a 7-yard pass from Bryant to Nick Brzezinski. The Terps answered with a 71-yard drive, capped by a 4-yard scoring toss from Hill to Jeff Dugan. The kickoff bounced off the chest of Duke's Kyle Moore, and Maryland's Curtis Williams recovered it at the Blue Devils' 17. A crossing pass to tight end Matt Murphy (five catches, 70 yards) for 15 yards set up Marc Riley's 1-yard touchdown plunge.
Duke's Brent Garber made a 28-yard field goal to make it 35-10 before the Terps finished their six-pack of scoring with an 11-play, 80-yard drive. Hill began it with a 24-yard run on an option keeper and closed it with a 1-yard touchdown run.
"I knew I had to relax more," said Hill, who has struggled most of the season. "I had been playing uptight. I tried to put less pressure on myself in pregame preparation. Coach Friedgen will probably get mad, but I kind of joked around with guys before the game to try to relax.
Maryland led 42-10 at the break, equaling its most points in a half since the second half of the miraculous 42-40 comeback victory over Miami in 1984. The Terps ran for 209 yards as Hill threw for 229 yards before halftime.
Maryland cornerback Tony Okanlawon left the game in the second quarter with a concussion and did not return. The senior, who came in leading the nation with five interceptions, is questionable for Florida State. …
Reserve quarterback Latrez Harrison scored Maryland's final touchdown on a 6-yard run. … Terps quarterback Chris Kelley played for the first time in his career on the final drive. The redshirt freshman missed last season after requiring knee surgery and the first six games this season after needing another operation on the same knee.

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