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Terps crush Demon Deacons

Wake tailback Josh Adams can’t catch Maryland linebacker Ryan Donohue on his 25-yard interception return for a score.

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Wake tailback Josh Adams can’t catch Maryland linebacker Ryan Donohue on his 25-yard interception return for a score.

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."

Maryland 62

Wake Forest 14

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