Maryland-NC State final recap: Terps roll to final ACC win, 41-21

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Maryland is guaranteed a winning season after blowing the Wolfpack out early and holding on to the lead.

In the last-ever Yow Bowl, and Maryland's last-ever ACC game, the Terps jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, travelling to beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack 41-21. Maryland finishes the season 7-5, with a Military Bowl berth likely, and are guaranteed their first winning season of Randy Edsall's tenure.

C.J. Brown put together more than 250 total yards of offense in the first half, scoring four total touchdowns en route to a 34-14 lead at the break. He threw a long strike to Nigel King for a score, ran once for a long touchdown, and twice punched it in from just outside the end zone.

The Terps opened the second half with an easy score as well. Will Likely had a fine kick return, and after a good run from Brown he found Albert Reid wide open for the 27-yard score, making it 41-14.

At that point, the all-present narrative popped up -- Maryland lead North Carolina State 41-14 in 2011 before giving up an historic comeback in defeat. However, this Terrapin team is not 2-10 (and they do not have Todd Bradford as their defensive coordinator), and this Wolfpack team does not have Mike Glennon, so while the lead did shrink, Maryland's defense came up when they needed to. The Terps' front line repeatedly broke through the Wolfpack offensive front, sacking Brandon Mitchell with regularity en route to the win.

Amba Etta-Tawo had one of his better games as a Terrapin, utilizing his speed to break through in the North Carolina State secondary and make some big plays. He caught four passes for 101 yards on the day, proving to be a reliable deep target when Brown wasn't running the ball.

Brandon Ross, meanwhile, didn't play so well, only breaking above a yard per rush in garbage time late in the fourth quarter, and losing a fumble.

Brown finished 13 of 25 for 259 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and ran 15 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

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