Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland can run all day on these guys and it won't matter as long as they're not running into the end zone. Maryland continues to control the clock, but has little to show for it. And North Carolina's big plays are negated when the field goal attempt bounces off the left upright.
Maryland's defense deserves credit for a dramatic improvement. North Carolina's running game has been stuffed and the Maryland defense has prevented anyone from having a career day. Maryland has been particularly good on third down, especially considering the Tar Heels are the ACC's most successful team on third down conversions.