COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen challenged his players to make a statement, and this was their proclamation:
The Terps are worthy of playing in a bowl game, and any resemblance between this team and the one that finished 2-10 last season is purely coincidental.
Danny O'Brien threw a career-high four touchdowns, and Kenny Tate and Ryan Donohue scored on interception returns as Maryland rolled past Wake Forest 62-14 Saturday to become bowl eligible.
The Terps scored on their first four possessions and blocked two punts in taking a 27-7 halftime lead. During a 28-point third quarter, defensive back Tate and linebacker Donohue sandwiched their scores around a touchdown pass by O'Brien to assure the Demon Deacons their sixth consecutive defeat.
"I asked our kids to make a statement, and I think they did," Friedgen said.
It was Maryland's most lopsided ACC win since 59-7 over North Carolina in 2002, and the 62 points tied the school record for a conference game set in 1975 in a 62-24 win over Virginia.
"Maryland is a very good team … playing with a lot of confidence," Wake coach Jim Grobe said. "Our kids are doing the opposite. They are not playing with confidence."
BC 16, Clemson 10: The host Eagles ended a five-game skid, their longest since 1998. Down 16-10 at halftime, the Tigers reached Eagles territory three times during the second half. But they missed a 36-yard field goal, threw an interception at the 9 and gained 6 yards on fourth and 7. "The defense seemed to have control of the game," Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said. "I had a feeling on the sideline that we had control. I don't know how the fans felt. … But I thought we had control." Said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney: "We had great (opportunities), and we did not capitalize on them."
UNC 21, William & Mary 17: Johnny White's 67-yard touchdown run with 5:27 left capped the host Tar Heels' rally. Mike Paulus, a former Tar Heels backup quarterback and brother of former Duke basketball player Greg Paulus, helped lead the I-AA Tribe to a 17-7 lead after three quarters. But North Carolina converted two fourth downs during an 18-play, 90-yard drive capped by T.J. Yates' 3-yard TD pass to Ryan Taylor with 8:32 left. After a three-and-out by the Tribe, White put UNC ahead. "We just felt a sense of urgency," said White, who had a 76-yard touchdown run last week against Miami, "like we just needed to get it together."
Duke 34, Navy 31: Sean Renfree threw for a touchdown and ran for two and the visiting Blue Devils ended a six-game skid. Duke led 34-15 with 8:48 left after Will Snyderwine's 40-yard field goal. But the Midshipmen made it 34-31 with 2:34 left when Ricky Dobbs hit Aaron Santiago for a 12-yard pass and two-point conversion. They got the ball back with 57 seconds left but reached only their 43 before an incompletion on fourth and 3. "That is how you grow into a program," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "When you are 1-6 and things start going away from you, it is very difficult to grasp hold of the momentum again. We had people step up, and it was huge."