Lewis has Tar Heels blue again


COLLEGE PARK -- The best game of Jermaine Lewis' college football career came two years ago at North Carolina, where he turned nine receptions into 250 yards and two touchdowns in a 59-42 loss to the Tar Heels.

Lewis missed the season opener on a gambling suspension, but he was back yesterday and again made life miserable for North Carolina. He had six catches for 108 yards in Maryland's 32-18 victory, raising his career receptions total to 133, one shy of Frank Wycheck's school record.

Lewis had catches that covered 27 and 40 yards on the go-ahead touchdown drive in the third quarter, but his best catch came on a sliding grab with 13:23 to go, a 12-yarder on third-and-eight that kept the clinching drive going.

"He's a great player," North Carolina coach Mack Brown said. "He's real fast, and he outran us."

Lewis quickly became the favorite target of redshirt sophomore Brian Cummings, who went the whole way on a sore ankle. Cummings, who was 10 of 18 for 180 yards, went downfield just once to another receiver. His 50-yard touchdown pass to Mancel Johnson gave the Terps their first lead.

"That was a great call by the coaches," said Cummings. "It started coming around real good between Tuesday and Friday."

Tough on turnovers

It was Maryland's second straight game without a turnover, evidence that the Terps are taking care of the ball even with three new starters on the offensive line and a new quarterback in Cummings, who's starting while Scott Milanovich serves a four-game suspension for gambling.

The defense, meanwhile, forced five turnovers, giving Maryland an 8-0 ratio for the season. The four interceptions were the most by the Terps since their last win over North Carolina in 1989.


The Terps' defense went most of the way without captain Mike Settles, a linebacker who sprained his ankle in the first quarter. Gene Gray and Ryan Gick, a walk-on from McDonough High in Charles County, split time there the rest of the way. . . . Cornerback Chad Scott, a transfer from Towson State, had a game-high eight tackles. He and Andreal Johnson allowed North Carolina little success throwing to its wide receivers. . . . Defensive end Anthony Jenkins, a junior-college transfer, enjoyed his first game at Byrd Stadium, repeatedly hurrying Tar Heels quarterback Mike Thomas.

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