Scores

Final/OT

Maryland 24

(2-2, 1-1 away)

Wake Forest 31

(2-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

3:30 PM ET, September 22, 2007

BB&T Field, Winston-salem, NC

1 2 3 4 OT T
MD 10 7 7 0 024
WAKE 3 0 7 14 731

Top Performers

Passing: R. Skinner (WAKE) - 219 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: K. Lattimore (MD) - 27 CAR, 112 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Tereshinski (WAKE) - 5 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD

Wake Forest 31, Maryland 24, OT

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Josh Adams scored on a 6-yard run on the first possession of overtime to help Wake Forest cap a stunning 21-point comeback and beat Maryland 31-24 on Saturday.

Alphonso Smith had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the third quarter to jumpstart the Demon Deacons (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were trailing 24-3 before coming up with a rally almost as improbable as their run to last year's ACC championship.

Riley Skinner -- playing in his first game since separating his shoulder in the opener -- had a 1-yard TD sneak after Smith's return midway through the fourth, then found John Tereshinski with a 6-yard scoring pass to tie it with 3 seconds left in regulation.

Then, after Adams' score in overtime, the Demon Deacons closed the game with consecutive sacks. Jeremy Thompson took down Jordan Steffy on fourth down and forced a fumble, and Boo Robinson tackled offensive lineman Edwin Williams after he picked up the ball -- a thrilling finish that sent the black-clad Demon Deacons spilling onto the field in celebration.

It was a stunning collapse for the Terrapins (2-2, 0-1), who got 112 yards and a touchdown from Keon Lattimore along with rushing scores from Lance Ball and Cory Jackson.

The win helped the Demon Deacons keep alive their chances of defending last year's league title, and a loss would have all but dashed those hopes with Boston College and Clemson remaining unbeaten in the Atlantic Division. Instead, it was Maryland heading home knowing it had let a sure win get away with shaky play down the stretch.

That was never more evident than on Steffy's third-down pass for Ball at the goalline with Maryland leading by 21 points and in search of the backbreaking score. Smith jumped in front of the route and raced the length of the field -- weaving past Steffy and Danny Oquendo -- to revive a listless crowd that had been shedding fans only minutes earlier.

Skinner completed 22 of 35 passes for 219 yards with three interceptions, but the redshirt sophomore came up huge down the stretch in directing the decisive scoring drives. Adams finished with 91 yards rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
WAKE
1st Downs1919
Total Yards315397
Passing115219
Rushing200178
Penalties3-305-42
3rd Down Conversions6-176-15
4th Down Conversions0-11-3
Turnovers34
Possession33:3526:25

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Steffy11/201155.801
Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Skinner22/352196.313

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lattimore271124.1125
Ball14564.0114
Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams20914.6115
Moore5377.4016

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gronkowski12626.0026
Haynos12020.0020
Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore37324.3034
Tereshinski55511.0122

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDWAKE
FG09:00Sam Swank 24 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 38 yds, 3:02
03
FG06:11Obi Egekeze 38 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 53 yds, 2:49
33
TD02:32Lance Ball 13 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 31 yds, 1:24
103
SECOND QUARTERMDWAKE
TD05:05Cory Jackson 3 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 26 yds, :56
173
THIRD QUARTERMDWAKE
TD06:32Keon Lattimore 6 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 59 yds, 5:33
243
TD01:10Alphonso Smith 100 Yd Interception Return (Sam Swank Kick) 2410
FOURTH QUARTERMDWAKE
TD07:55Riley Skinner 1 Yd Run (Sam Swank Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 82 yds, 4:09
2417
TD00:03John Tereshinski 6 Yd Pass From Riley Skinner (Sam Swank Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 1:48
2424
OVERTIMEMDWAKE
TDJosh Adams 6 Yd Run (Sam Swank Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 25 yds, :00
2431