COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Quarterback Chris Turner threw for 255 yards in his first career start, and Lance Ball ran for three touchdowns as Maryland barely held on for a 28-26 victory Saturday over Georgia Tech.
Travis Bell sent a 52-yard field goal attempt wide right with 54 seconds remaining. Andrew Gardner was whistled for holding on the previous play, knocking the Yellow Jackets back 10 yards and preventing them from lining up for what would have been a 40-yard try.
Turner had three passes of longer than 40 yards in the first half, including the first touchdown pass of his career, a 78-yard strike to Jason Goode. He cooled off in the second half but finished 10 of 17 for 255 yards and a touchdown. Ball carried 16 times for 86 yards and three touchdowns. Maryland had leads of 21-3 and 28-17, but Georgia Tech closed to 28-26 with about 8 minutes left in the game on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Bennett to Demariyus Thomas.
The Yellow Jackets' two-point conversion try fell short when linebacker Dave Philistin stuffed Tashard Choice on a direct snap. Philistin finished with 21 tackles. In a matchup of the top two rushing offenses in the A-C-C, the teams combined for more than 550 yards through the air, compared to 263 on the ground.
Georgia Tech moved the ball consistently against the Terrapins, gaining 484 total yards and crossing midfield on every possession except its first. But the Yellow Jackets failed to capitalize on several drives, in part because of a lost fumble and two missed field goals.