QUOTES – MARYLAND COACH RANDY EDSALL
NC State 20, Maryland 18
“That was a very disappointing and heartbreaking loss we had out there, but the guys competed and played very hard. They gave everything they had. We put ourselves in a position to win the game there at the end but we just came up short. We will look at the film to make corrections and move forward.
I thought that [quarterback] Devin Burns came in and played well as a backup. Caleb [Rowe] also came in and executed the two-minute drill with perfection. That is something that we have been working on and planned on bring in Devin if something happened to Perry [Hills] and use Caleb in the two-minute offense. We got the ball down there, but unfortunately Brad [Craddock] didn’t make it and we came up two points short.
We had over a 100 yards rushing, 121 yards with Wes [Brown]. Defensively, we played really well. We gave up that one long pass that was disappointing. I’m very proud of the way the guys played and came back out there. We were in a position to win so I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to finish it out.”
On Perry Hills’ Injury:
“Perry has a knee injury. We will wait to see what the MRI tells about it, but it doesn’t look good. We will take a look at the film and look at how we will move forward. I think we have two guys who will help us move forward and it’s a credit to how they have prepared and to our offensive coaches for having those kids ready.”
On the offense going forward:
“You always do what guys can do offensively. You try to match the plan to their skill level and we know what Devin’s skill level is and what Caleb’s skill level is. We have a base of what we know we want to do, but we will fit it to meet our personnel.”
On the defense’s performance:
“The defense has played well all season and they played well again today, except for that one touchdown pass. That play was a killer for us. Then we needed to make one more stop there at the end to prevent them from kicking the field goal. We had them, but one of our guys lost his man and they completed the pass. There was also the close play there on the sideline and the pass interference call. They are playing well and they are playing together to execute.”
On the second-half rushing:
“We came in at half-time and knew that Perry was down. We made the adjustments we needed to make to give us an opportunity to move the ball and score.”
Freshman Quarterback Caleb Rowe:
On anticipation of getting playing time:
“I was not surprised, coach always preaches to be prepared for whenever your number is called. I work hard in practice and today I was ready to play. They were telling me through my headset to get ready to play.”
On the quickness of NC State’s defense:
“In practice we go against our defense and they are very good, so it wasn’t really a surprise. I wasn’t surprised by their quickness because our defense is fast as well. I am used to playing at that pace during practice.”
On Hills injury:
“I definitely feel for Perry because he is a very good quarterback. I personally see how hard he works behind the scenes. He really works hard during the week. I don’t really know much about his injury situation yet, but I feel for him.”
Place Kicker Brad Craddock:
On last kick:
“I really didn’t see it after I kicked it, I just reacted to everyone else. I just tried to look at my spot and kick the ball. I was just thinking to myself take your time because it’s just like any other kick. I actually thought I hit it pretty well. Afterwards, I didn’t really know what to think.”
On the support from his teammates:
“My teammates were really supportive because there were so many other opportunities during the game to earn those points. They kept telling me that it wasn’t my fault, they are always supportive. It is never good when you miss one, but that comes with being a kicker. You just have to play through it.”
Freshman Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs
On the mood in the locker room:
“It’s a typical mood. It’s a tough game. We competed, we didn’t give up. Things happen, can’t do much more than cheer on your teammates and keep your head up.”
On Perry Hills being knocked out of the game:
“In the game of football, things like that are going to happen. We were well-prepared. When one guy goes down, the other guy has to step up. That’s part of battling adversity. Things like that are going to happen.”
On Wes Brown’s development:
“He’s coming into his own. We continue to push each other. You are going to see more of Wes Brown.”
Sophomore Quarterback Devin Burns
On being ready to play:
“Like Coach Edsall said, always be prepared. That’s what I practice all week. I just wanted to take advantage of the opportunity I was given.”
On his poise:
“I think that is part of my personality because I’m I laid back guy. I don’t say too much. I’m pretty much cool, calm and collected.”
Senior Defensive Lineman AJ Francis
On what NC State was taking advantage of on their last drive:
“They were spreading us out. All game their quarterback was doing a good job. We were in his face and he was just able to dump it off.”
On the defense giving up game-winning field goal:
“We need to play all 60 minutes and we didn’t. We were not sure we would even get back on the field, but when we did we did not come up how we should have and we lost the game because of it.”
On how the offense played on the final possession:
“It was a great drive and Nigel [King] put us in great position to make that field goal and Caleb did a great job running the two minutes like he does in practice all of the time. It hurts to lose like that, but it’s football.”
Freshman Running Back Wes Brown
On the keys to the success of the running game:
“We worked hard and paid attention in practice and we executed on the field.”
On the emotional highs and lows of the loss:
“I had a lot on my shoulders, being out and then coming back to practice and then coming back to play, but I need to still execute better on the field”.
On the play of Devin Burns in the second half:
“He was not scared to tuck the ball and run, and he was very shifty and fast. He knew what the down and distance was and instead of taking a risk, he took [the first down run]. I was happy about him being up to step up, create a play, and play a big role.”
NC STATE COACH TOM O’BRIEN
“Sometimes when you play a school like Maryland — everything goes bad when we play them. Sometimes something crazy happens like it did at the end. You have to give our kids credit, they hung in there. We made a play. Our defense is so good in the last two minutes, and we let the guy out twice there. Sometimes over the course of a season you have to win a game where you scratch your head a little bit. Great effort and we won the football game.”
On Mike Glennon:
“He’s a big league quarterback, no question about it. He wasn’t real crisp in the first half, but when it came time to make plays, he made plays. Go down the field with no timeouts… It was a great victory.”
On Devin Burns:
“Probably the worst thing that happened to us was that we knocked the quarterback out of the game. You get ready for a little bit of option, but you don’t get ready for a lot. It’s so different than everything else they do, but we finally solved it. We stopped it, got guys on the ground, and lived to fight another day.”
On Niklas Sade’s field goal range:
“We thought anything 50 yards and in. I would have kicked it from 55. I’ve got a lot of faith in him.”
On stopping Stefon Diggs:
“We’ve done a good job for the last three weeks of against really good return guys. He’s got great moves and great vision… I thought our coverage teams did a great job.”
On getting close to bowl eligibility:
“We’re not going to worry about that. We’re just going to worry about trying to get better, and taking it one game at a time. At the end of the year, add them up and we should be in good shape.”
Redshirt Senior Quarterback Mike Glennon
On his thoughts during Maryland’s last field goal attempt:
“I hoped he was going to miss it, but you never really know what’s going to happen. It was a great win. You kind of hate to see it end that way, but it was still just a great win for us.”
On his thoughts during Maryland’s last field goal attempt:
“That was the first time that has ever happened to me. I watched it. It looked left to me and then when it hit off the upright, I didn’t know which way it was going at first. For us, good thing it was wide left.”
On their two straight wins:
“We knew this was going to be a tough game because of their really good defense. We would have liked to have played a little bit better, but at the same time we got the win and it’s a big win going forward.”
On the game in general:
“They have really good defense and are very well-coached. In the first quarter we kind of had a hard time, but then the second quarter we just got in a rhythm and at the same time I felt like we weren’t on the field all that much. I know I looked up and they had almost twice the field time on offense as us. Coming out with the win is just really cool.”
Senior Defensive End Brian Slay
On their pressure on the quarterback:
“We wanted to come into the game and pressure the freshman quarterback, so we wanted to keep him rattled. He ended up going down and the backup quarterback came in and he was a running-type, so weren’t prepared for it. That’s why he was eating up yards during the third quarter. Finally, we were able to get things settled and got some stops.”
On Maryland switching quarterbacks:
“It was definitely harder. We knew coming in that the backup quarterback was a runner, but we didn’t know what to expect. He hadn’t thrown a ball all year, so we knew he was going to come in and run, but we didn’t know what he was going to do. It was hard to have him thrown in and us not be prepared for him at all. We did a really good job and the coaches did a really good job of adjusting. We were able to settle down and get some stops.”
Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver Bryan Underwood
On Maryland’s last field goal attempt:
“I was just not looking, but praying and hoping for the best. We heard the bang and it was just a great feeling.”
On the upcoming game against North Carolina:
“It means a lot. Every game from here on out is going to mean a lot. We’re going to just prepare for them all week.”
Kicking Off: Maryland fell to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while NC State improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the league … the loss snapped a three-game winning streak Maryland had over NC State in College Park … the Wolfpack now lead the all-time series, 33-32-4.
Close Calls: The Maryland-NC State series has had a number of close calls in recent history. In the last 13 contests, 11 have been decided by 10 points or fewer. Aside from a 37-0 Maryland win in 2007, the 11 games since 2000 have been decided by an average of 6.0 points. The Terps have also played in close games all of the 2012 season; their average margin of victory is 5.5, and their average margin of defeat is 5.0.
Total Offense: Maryland turned in its most productive game of the season in terms of total offense, totaling 462 yards. The Terps’ previous high was 351 at West Virginia. That’s the most for Maryland since it had 468 vs. Oct. 15, 2011. It was a balanced attack, with Maryland gaining 206 yards on the ground and 256 through the air.
Rush Defense: The Terps held their opponent to under 100 yards rushing for the fourth time this season as NC State had 40 yards on 26 carries. Maryland, which entered the game ninth nationally by allowing 95.5 rushing yards per game, held the Wolfpack to just 1.5 yards per carry.
Burns Steps In: Devin Burns got his first significant collegiate action at quarterback after Perry Hills had to leave the game with a knee injury. Burns helped lead the Terrapins on three scoring drives and finished with 50 rushing yards, 47 passing yards and a rushing TD.
Brown Goes for 100: Wes Brown became the first Maryland player to rush for 100 yards this season by running the ball 25 times for 121 yards. The freshman also had a touchdown. The last time a Terrapin rushed for 100 yards in a game was Nov. 19, 2011, when C.J. Brown had 110 at Wake Forest.
Leak Sets Mark: Marcus Leak had a career-high 94 receiving yards on four catches, an average of 23.5 yards per catch. Leak had a 47-yard catch which is the longest of his career.
Diggs Does, Too: Stefon Diggs totaled a season-high six catches for 61 yards. The freshman also had 72 kickoff returns yards.
Defensive Notes: Demetrius Hartsfield matched a season high with 13 tackles, seven of which were unassisted. He also had a pass breakup and tackle for loss … Darin Drakeford had 1.5 sacks and now has a team-high six this year … Joe Vellano totaled 10 tackles for his second double-digit stops game of the year (also William & Mary).
Hill Honored: Maryland athletics celebrated the 50th anniversary of Darryl Hill becoming the first African-American to play at the University of Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Saturday. Hill was honored on the field after the first quarter, and presented with a new Maryland jersey with his name on it.
Tidbits: Caleb Rowe saw his first collegiate action by coming in on the final drive of the game … he completed his first pass attempt, a 17-yarder to Kevin Dorsey … he also had an 11-yard run and another 33 completion that setup a 33-yard field goal attempt by Brad Craddock that would’ve won the game … Maryland dominated the time of possession, 35:14 to 24:46 … the Terps were 3 of 4 in the red zone … Nigel King and Levern Jacobs both made their first career receptions.