- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 6, 2007

Maryland defensive tackle Carlos Feliciano couldn’t bear to watch Georgia Tech’s last-minute field goal attempt.

The frenzied reaction from the crowd told him everything he needed to know.

The Terrapins escaped with a 28-26 victory at Byrd Stadium after kicker Travis Bell’s 52-yard field goal attempt barely missed to the right, sending Maryland (4-2, 1-1 ACC) into its bye week on a two-game winning streak.

It was the third straight week the Terps went into the closing minutes with the outcome in doubt; they blew a 21-point lead at Wake Forest two weeks ago, but have rebounded with victories over Rutgers and Georgia Tech.

“I think it was a heck of a football game,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “We’re working on our ratings.”

But, it was a costly victory. Guard Andrew Crummey broke his fibula and will likely be lost for the year, while linebacker Rick Costa was airlifted to Baltimore’s Shock Trauma center with a neck injury. Reserve defensive lineman Travis Ivey also left with an injury.

The Terps bolted to a 21-3 lead in the first half behind Chris Turner, who made his first career start in place of Jordan Steffy (concussion). Turner completed 10 of 17 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown, while senior tailback Lance Ball ran for 86 yards and three touchdowns.

However, the Yellow Jackets (3-3, 1-3) rallied to pull within 28-26 with 8:21 left when Taylor Bennett connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 39-yard score. Maryland stuffed tailback Tashard Choice on the two-point conversion to hold the lead.

Georgia Tech quickly stopped Maryland and marched down the field again. However, a holding penalty on tackle Andrew Gardner backed up the Yellow Jackets to the Maryland 35, and Bell’s attempt with 54 seconds left started right before veering close to the upright before sailing wide.


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