RALEIGH, N.C. -- Besides clinching its first winning season since 1990 and keeping possible bowl bids alive, the University of Maryland had another motivating factor in yesterday's 30-13 victory over North Carolina State.
The Terps wanted to win one for long-time Maryland publicist Joe Blair, 72, who suffered a stroke last weekend in Louisville, Ky.
Blair is in intensive care at a Louisville Hospital, and in guarded condition.
"This game was dedicated to Joe Blair," said Maryland coach Mark Duffner. "Joe is very special to us and to our players. He has a special feeling for them, and we really wanted to do something for him, and this was our way of giving something back."
The coach liked it
Maryland offensive coordinator Dan Dorazio said he was impressed with Scott Milanovich's performance yesterday. The
much-maligned quarterback completed 20 of 24 passes for 209 yards, and had one touchdown pass of nine yards.
"He was an All-American to me," said Dorazio. "He had a quick release, was very accurate and didn't seem pressured. He was a leader on the field."
Whole different look
Maryland starting cornerback Andreal Johnson had to sit out the first half of yesterday's game because he was ejected for fighting the previous week during the Louisville game.
He gave his team the following advice on the sideline yesterday: "I told them to hold together until I got in there, to do there best."
In the first half, Wolfpack receiver Mike Guffie had five receptions for 86 yards. In the second, after Johnson's return, Guffie had no receptions.
Lewis' 66-yard punt return for a touchdown yesterday was the first by a Terp since Sept. 9, 1978. Lewis returned a blocked punt for a touchdown on Oct. 10, 1992 vs. Georgia Tech. Also, his four touchdowns were the most by a Terp since Rick Badanjek on Nov. 3, 1984, and this was Lewis' 14th career 100-plus receiving yard day. . . . This was Maryland's first victory at N.C. State since 1985. . . . Milanovich is seventh in ACC career total offense and seventh in ACC career passing yardage. . . . Maryland linebacker Ratcliff Thomas, a junior, is tied for ninth on Maryland's career list in tackles with 330. . . . Maryland had eight sacks, a school single-game record. The previous best was seven against Michigan in 1989.