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Saturday, November 15, 2008
Halftime update: UNC 15, Maryland 14

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Remarkable. Not the game, the straight-out-of-a-painting rainbow that stretched right over Byrd Stadium and into the baseball field in the second quarter. Seriously, weirdest weather here, and it's only fitting, because just like Maryland, it's been impossible to predict.

What stands out in this game so far is that Maryland's running game does indeed exist. It helps that fullback Cory Jackson is healthy and able to block. Da'Rel Scott and Davin Meggett are taking turns eating up the clock and wearing out the Tar Heels' defense. Both are en route to 100-yard performances. UNC linebacker Quan Sturdivant can't stop them by himself, although he's giving it his best shot.

In the first quarter alone, Maryland had the ball for 11:46 compared to UNC's 3:14. The Tar Heels only ran eight plays, compared to Maryland's 25. Funny thing is, they haven't needed the ball long in this game to take the lead. Everytime it looks like Maryland is finally going to separate itself, UNC manages a big play.

For Maryland to win, the Terps need to keep doing what they're doing. UNC needs to win the field position battle in the second half, hang onto the ball, convert on third downs, and make some stops on defense.

If they can continue to do that and hold onto the ball in this rain, the Terps should beat their sixth ranked team in as many tries.