RALEIGH, N.C. — Playing one of the best all-around games of his career, Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown nearly topped his school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season.
Brown ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more in Saturday's 41-21 victory over North Carolina State.
With 138 rushing yards, Brown moved to 538 for the season. His 574 yards rushing in 2011 are a school record.
Brown said his total on Saturday was aided by running backs Brandon Ross and Albert Reid, who the Wolfpack defense could not ignore on read-option plays.
"They respected what Brandon and Albert were doing out there with the option pitches," Brown said.
Brown accounted for five touchdowns, the same total he reached in Maryland's opener against Florida International. No Terp has accounted for more touchdowns since quarterback Scott McBrien (six) against North Carolina in 2003.
Saturday marked the sixth time this season that the fifth-year senior had rushed for at least one touchdown and passed for a score in the same game. Of Atlantic Coast Conference quarterbacks, only Clemson's Tajh Boyd had accomplished the feat as many times entering Saturday.
Maryland surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the first time since 1994. The Terps needed 225 passing yards to eclipse the total and got 259.
Maryland passed for 3,037 yards in 1994, when Scott Milanovich was the quarterback.
Maryland's total would likely have been higher if not for the season-ending injuries to top receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long in the Wake Forest game on Oct. 19. The two combined for 1,076 yards despite missing the final five games.
Brown finished Saturday's game with 2,045 passing yards. Backup Caleb Rowe has thrown for 989 yards.
Maryland and N.C. State ended their 104-year series on Saturday. The teams have a recent history of playing memorable games.
Last season, the Wolfpack survived when Maryland kicker Brad Craddock's 33-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright in the final seconds to preserve a 20-18 victory.
Two years ago, N.C. State trailed 41-14 in the third quarter before completing its greatest comeback ever in a 56-41 win.
N.C. State entered Saturday's game holding a 33-32 advantage in the series, with four ties. Maryland played the Wolfpack more than any other team except Virginia.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun