TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The speech won't be transformed into an inspirational recording that will be replayed through the ages. This wasn't "win one for the Gipper." This wasn't anything dramatic or particularly memorable.
Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen directed a halftime message to senior quarterback Chris Turner on Saturday that was simple and to the point. And he can only hope it has a carry-over effect.
Maryland@North Carolina State Saturday, noon, chs. 54, 20, 105.7 FM, 1300 AM Line: North Carolina State by 1
Quarterback Chris Turner seemed to regain his focus after being benched for two series and threw for 242 yards, though he completed only 16 of 32 passes. He hit Isaiah Williams in stride for a 66-yard gain in the third quarter that led to the Terrapins' only touchdown. And the defense forced Florida State into three-and-outs on four straight possessions.
Once again, left tackle Scott Burley's ankle injury forced him to the sideline, and replacement Bruce Campbell also failed to finish because of a similar ailment. The Terps committed eight penalties, many of them stalling drives. An apparent first down on their opening drive was wiped out by penalty, and Turner threw an interception on the next play.
Maryland (5-6, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) completes its regular season on Saturday with a noon game at North Carolina State (5-6, 3-4). A win makes the Terps bowl-eligible, though a .500 record might not be good enough to extend their season.