RALEIGH, N.C. -- When quarterback Chris Turner was injured in the second quarter, Maryland was left with backups who had barely played, if at all.
Maryland had hoped eventually to find more playing time this season for Jamarr Robinson, a redshirt sophomore, or freshman Danny O'Brien.
But the Terps clearly didn't want to lose Turner, a fifth-year senior, in a close game. He suffered a knee injury on an incomplete pass with the Terps trailing 24-21 in the second quarter.
Turner was 12-for-19 for 135 yards when he limped off. His first pass of the game had been intercepted, leading to a Wolfpack touchdown.
Robinson had never thrown a pass in his Maryland career. He had played in three previous games this season, rushing three times for 6 yards.
Robinson missed his first four passes Saturday before getting his first completion on a swing pass early in the fourth quarter.
Robinson said he felt more comfortable as the game progressed. "As I was in there more often ... it slowed down for me."
He later led a 15-play drive ending with a 31-yard field goal by Nick Ferrara to cut N.C. State's lead to 38-31.
O'Brien hasn't played this season, and coaches are considering making this a redshirt season.
Representatives of the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl were present at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday to watch Maryland and N.C. State - two teams that had combined for one win in the Atlantic Coast Conference entering their meeting.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl has the second pick of ACC teams. The Champs Sports Bowl has the fourth pick.
Why would bowl games send scouts to watch two struggling teams?
The representatives gave several reasons for attending:
* The ACC teams are so clumped together in the standings that most teams are scouted, even those with a remote chance of reaching a bowl.
* The bowl representatives select the games they will attend several weeks in advance. They couldn't have known then exactly how Maryland's and N.C. State's seasons would unfold.
A different view
Offensive coordinator James Franklin typically watches games and calls plays from a booth above the field.
But Franklin has been spending time on the sideline during the past few games, including Saturday.
"He felt like he could be with the quarterbacks and with the offense there," Friedgen said.
Players are able to have more interaction on the sideline with Franklin, who was designated by the school last February as Friedgen's eventual successor.
"[Franklin] said the kids liked it better with him down there," Friedgen said.
"I think that's a personal preference. I think you see better on top, but sometimes when you look into a kid's eyes, you see more what's going on than you do up in that box."