Memorable plays

Here's a list of my most memorable plays of the year -- some positive for Maryland, some not so much.

My only criterion is what stuck in my head after 12 games and countless practices. While many of the plays become a blur over time, these are ones that stood out:

*Obi Egekeze hits the crossbar on his first kick of the season against Delaware. A bad omen?

*Kevin Barnes blasts Cal running back Jahvid Best and becomes a YouTube star for the most memorable hit of Maryland's season.

*Darrius Heyward-Bey cuts inside and races 76 yards to give the Terps momentum in their win at Clemson. "Just having one big play was all we needed to say, 'Hey, they’re not unstoppable,' " the receiver said.

*Also at Clemson, Alex Wujciak snuffs quarterback Cullen Harper on fourth-and-inches to protect a 20-17 fourth-quarter lead.

* Chris Turner throws deep against Wake Forest and the ball is tipped before Heyward-Bey secures it falling down for a 41-yard gain. Best catch of the year? Perhaps, but you can't forget about the leaping grab by Ronnie Tyler in the fourth quarter against North Carolina.

*Also against Wake, it all begins ominously for the Terps, who win the coin toss and choose to receive the ball. Coach Friedgen had wanted the ball to begin the second half, but his captains got it wrong.

*Egekeze kicks the game-winner against North Carolina State in a driving rain. I didn't know until later that the kicker says he likes kicking in the rain.

*Turner takes off and runs on on fourth-and-five from North Carolina's 32, giving the Terps a criticial first down near the end of a tight game.

*Boston College linebacker Mike McLaughlin vaults over Maryland running back Davin Meggett to sack Turner at the end of the first quarter. And Boston College leaps into the ACC title game.

Other things I'll remember: The stunning silence in Death Valley when it was clear Maryland was going to beat Clemson. The Virginia fans singing "The Good Old Song" over and over and over after Cavaliers' scores. Not getting my wakeup call in Boston and almost missing my flight home.

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