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Maryland at North Carolina State

CJ Brown's 5 TDs lead Terps past Wolfpack, 41-21

By JOEDY McCREARY
AP Sports Writer
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) C.J. Brown ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more, and Maryland beat North Carolina State 41-21 on Saturday in its final Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Brown rushed for a season-high 138 yards with touchdowns of 49, 2 and 3 yards and was 13 of 25 for 259 yards passing with TDs of 53 yards to Nigel King and 27 to Albert Reid.

Maryland (7-5, 3-5) went up 34-7 by scoring on its first six possessions, and held on for its first seven-win season since 2010. The Terrapins are leaving the ACC for the Big Ten next season.

Brandon Mitchell ran 3 yards for a TD and finished 21 of 31 for 200 yards with a 3-yard score to Tyler Purvis and a 5-yarder to Rashard Smith.

The Wolfpack (3-9, 0-8) lost their eighth straight and haven't dropped this many in a row in the same year since 1959.

That's also the last N.C. State team to finish 0-for-the-ACC.

After taking a 7-0 lead on its opening possession, N.C. State netted zero total yards on its next five drives while making a series of blunders that Maryland had little trouble turning into points.

Brown became the first Terrapins player to rush for three touchdowns since D.J. Adams in the Military Bowl victory over East Carolina in 2010.

The Terps all but ended this one at halftime by reeling off 34 in a row. Brad Craddock kicked the first of his two 33-yard field goals before Brown's long TD pass to King, a Raleigh native who outjumped cornerback Jack Tocho, who had him blanketed.

Brown then ran 49 yards through the heart of N.C. State's defense to make it 17-7 with 2:42 left in the first quarter.

Then, a snap that sailed over the head of N.C. State punter Wil Baumann's head for a 21-yard loss gave Maryland a short field at the Wolfpack 14 and set up a Craddock field goal.

Baumann shanked his next punt 24 yards and - after Terps tight end Dave Stinebaugh inexplicably beat four N.C. State players to his teammate's fumble at the Wolfpack 4 - Brown added his short TD run to make it 27-7 with just under 9 minutes before halftime.

Brown then tacked on his third scoring run to make it 34-7 with 3:23 left in the half.

By that point, N.C. State's short-lived lead - on Mitchell's flip to Purvis on a fourth-and-inches - was merely a distant memory.

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Scoring Summary
NCSTTyler Purvis 3 yd pass from Brandon Mitchell (Niklas Sade kick)
MDBrad Craddock 33 yd FG
MDNigel King 53 yd pass from C.J. Brown (Brad Craddock kick)
MDC.J. Brown 49 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)
MDBrad Craddock 33 yd FG
MDC.J. Brown 2 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)
MDC.J. Brown 3 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)
NCSTRashard Smith 5 yd pass from Brandon Mitchell (Niklas Sade kick)
MDAlbert Reid 27 yd pass from C.J. Brown (Brad Craddock kick)
NCSTBrandon Mitchell 3 yd run (Niklas Sade kick)
 
Team Stats
 MDNCST
First Downs1824
Third Down Efficiency7-136-17
Fourth Down Efficiency0-02-6
Plays-Net Yards63-43285-351
Rushes-Yds38-17354-151
Passing Yds259200
Kick Return Yds119166
Punt Return Yds610
Passes13-25-021-31-0
Punts4-1545-205
Fumbles-Lost2-10-0
Penalties-Yds4-344-40
Time of Poss.27:4832:12
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
MD: C.J. Brown 15-138, Brandon Ross 18-31, Albert Reid 3-7, Team 2--3
NCST: Shadrach Thornton 18-96, Brandon Mitchell 30-72, Rashard Smith 3-16, Tony Creecy 2--6, Team 1--27
PASSING
MD: C.J. Brown 13-25-259-0
NCST: Brandon Mitchell 21-31-200-0
RECEIVING
MD: Levern Jacobs 6-68, Amba Etta 4-101, Nigel King 2-63, Albert Reid 1-27
NCST: Rashard Smith 6-67, Travares Copeland 5-10, Shadrach Thornton 4-13, Marquez Valdes-Scantling 2-23, Quintin Payton 1-54, Jumichael Ramos 1-21, David Grinnage 1-9, Tyler Purvis 1-3
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Maryland2nd Big Ten East0-02-1
North Carolina State1st Atlantic Coast Atlantic0-03-0

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