For all of its injuries, Maryland hung in against North Carolina. Is this a moral victory? Is there even such a thing in big-boy football?
"There is a lot of hurt in that locker room," coach Randy Edsall said.
Here are some observations from the game:
* Tailback Brandon Ross ran hard (141 yards) and appeared to make a case to be in the mix next season along with Wes Brown and probably others.
* It was an odd game for North Carolina, which is ineligible for the postseason because of NCAA sanctions. The Tar Heels finished tied for the ACC Coastal Division lead. “We’ve been through a lot,” said receiver Erik Highsmith, who has played for three head coaches.
* Here’s how numbers can lie. The Terps led in first-quarter time of possession, 10:56 to 4:04. But that's because UNC scored on TD drives of 42 and 31 seconds.
* Maryland receiver Nigel King made a brilliant, one-handed grab on a pass from quarterback Shawn Petty for 43 yards to the UNC 36. Petty hung in the pocket well on the play and has certainly improved.
Petty “had a lot of confidence in that second quarter,” Edsall said.” You could see it. I don’t think there’s any doubt that this was the best of the four that he played.”
* With Maryland leading 35-28, cornerback Dexter McDougle almost had a critical fumble recovery. But the UNC runner was ruled down on the Maryland 10.
*North Carolina tried a tricky, tackle-eligible play, but Maryland’s Marcus Whitfield knocked down the pass with the score tied at 35.
* Maryland linebacker Cole Farrand was carted off in the fourth quarter -- no injury report as of now to pass along.
* Maryland was hurt by short punts – particularly a 29-yarder with the score tied at 35 that set up the Heels at Maryland’s 31. North Carolina then took the lead and didn't relinquish it.