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Duke's Mayo Bowl: Maryland 16, North Carolina State 12

(AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Taulia Tagovailoa threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Octavian Smith, Chad Ryland kicked three field goals and Maryland outlasted No. 25 North Carolina State 16-12 to win the Duke's Mayo Bowl.

Tagovailoa finished 19 of 37 for 221 yards with two interceptions. Roman Hemby ran for 65 yards rushing on 24 carries for Maryland (8-5), which won its second straight bowl game.

Jakorian Bennett, who helped seal the win with a late interception, was named the game's Most Valuable Player. The Terrapins' defense held N.C. State to 27 yards rushing on 18 carries and kept the Wolfpack out of the end zone.

Ben Finley, one of four different starting quarterbacks for North Carolina State this season, completed 22 of 48 passes for 269 yards with two interceptions and couldn't find the end zone. All of N.C. State's points came off the leg of All-American kicker Christopher Dunn, who converted field goals of 38, 19, 38 and 26 yards.

Redshirt freshman Billy Edwards Jr., who had only thrown 45 passes all season for Maryland, got the start at quarterback for Maryland over Tagovailoa. But he only lasted one series before giving way to the Terrapins' regular-season starter.

Maryland took a 10-9 lead in the second quarter when Tagovailoa found Smith in the back left corner of the end zone for the game's only touchdown.

North Carolina State (8-5) certainly had its chances, penetrating the Maryland 25-yard line four times, but was forced to settle for field goals each time.

The biggest opportunity to seize momentum came in the fourth quarter when Rakeim Ashford intercepted Tagovailoa at the N.C. State 35. But the Terrapins defense answered with a third-down stop and forced a field goal.

N.C. State had one last chance to win it when they got the ball back with 2:34 left in the game at their own 25, but Bennett's leaping interception clinched the victory.

GETTING HIS KICKS

Dunn won the Lou Groza Award, which is given annually to the nation's best kicker, and finished the season converting 28 of 29 field goal tries and all 30 extra-point attempts for the Wolfpack.

THE TAKEAWAY

Maryland: The Terrapins have a lot of players who opted out of the bowl game, including three wide receivers who declared for the NFL draft. They'll need to replenish that position, although Smith looks like a keeper.

NC State: Quarterback is going to be an issue the Wolfpack will need to address this offseason. With Devin Leary transferring to Kentucky, there's no solid answer. Finley struggled with his accuracy and leading the offense. It didn't help that North Carolina State's running game was nonexistent.

December 30, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MDNCSU
NCSU FG 6:10 Christopher Dunn 38 yard field goal 0 3
MD FG 3:24 Chad Ryland 42 yard field goal 3 3
Second Quarter MDNCSU
MD TD 8:07 Octavian Smith Jr. 19 yard TD pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Chad Ryland Extra Point) 10 3
NCSU FG 4:37 Christopher Dunn 19 yard field goal 10 6
NCSU FG 0:14 Christopher Dunn 38 yard field goal 10 9
Third Quarter MDNCSU
MD FG 8:06 Chad Ryland 33 yard field goal 13 9
Fourth Quarter MDNCSU
NCSU FG 9:23 Christopher Dunn 26 yard field goal 13 12
MD FG 5:36 Chad Ryland 44 yard field goal 16 12
Team Stats
  Maryland North Carolina State
First downs 17 13
  Rushing 5 1
  Passing 12 10
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 10-21, 48% 5-18, 28%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 41-76 18-27
Passing Yards 266 269
Return Yards 86 8
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-38-2 22-48-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-45 0-0
Punts 5 7
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-60 6-35
Maryland Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Tagovailoa 19 37 221 1 2
B. Edwards Jr. 1 1 45 0 0
North Carolina State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Finley 22 48 269 0 2
Maryland Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Hemby 24 65 2.7 0
A. Littleton II 3 9 3.0 0
O. Smith Jr. 1 8 8.0 0
T. Tagovailoa 9 3 0.3 0
B. Edwards Jr. 3 -8 -2.7 0
North Carolina State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Houston 9 14 1.6 0
M. Allen 3 5 1.7 0
D. Jones II 5 5 1.0 0
D. Mimms III 1 3 3.0 0
Maryland Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jones 4 79 19.8 0
T. Felton 4 69 17.3 0
C. Dyches 4 45 11.3 0
O. Smith Jr. 3 34 11.3 1
R. Hemby 2 22 11.0 0
S. Knotts 1 18 18.0 0
R. Brown 1 1 1.0 0
A. Littleton II 1 -2 -2.0 0
North Carolina State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Thomas 4 54 13.5 0
D. Jones 3 49 16.3 0
C. Toudle 2 41 20.5 0
K. Lesane 2 30 15.0 0
D. Jones II 1 25 25.0 0
M. Allen 3 21 7.0 0
J. Gray 2 21 10.5 0
P. Rooks 2 18 9.0 0
C. Seabrough 2 7 3.5 0
J. Houston 1 3 3.0 0
Maryland Interceptions
Player Int Yards
F. Gotay 1 2
J. Bennett 1 0
North Carolina State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Ashford 1 0
C. Fagan 1 0
Maryland Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Spangler 5 226 45.2
North Carolina State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Noonkester 7 287 41.0
Maryland Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jones 2 4 2.0
T. Still 1 7 7.0
North Carolina State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Thomas 2 8 4.0
Maryland Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
O. Smith Jr. 3 73 24.3
North Carolina State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Maryland Missed FG
Player Length
North Carolina State Missed FG
Player Length




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