Scores

Final

Maryland 32

(2-4, 1-1 Big Ten)

Wake Forest 42

(4-2, 2-1 ACC)

6:30 PM ET, October 10, 2009

BB&T Field, Winston-salem, NC

1 2 3 4 T
MD 7 3 7 1532
WAKE 21 14 7 042

Top Performers

Passing: R. Skinner (WAKE) - 360 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: J. Adams (WAKE) - 13 CAR, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Givens (WAKE) - 5 REC, 116 YDS, 2 TD

Skinner throws four touchdowns as Wake Forest pounds Maryland

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Riley Skinner threw for 360 yards and a career-high four touchdowns Saturday, shattering the Wake Forest record for yards passing in a career in a 42-32 victory over Maryland.

Chris Givens caught five passes for 116 yards and two scores for the Demon Deacons (4-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who moved into first place in the Atlantic Division by shredding Maryland's suspect defense.

Wake Forest scored touchdowns on its first five possessions in building a 35-10 halftime lead. Skinner went over 8,000 yards passing in the second quarter to move past Brian Kuklick. A week earlier he broke Kuklick's career touchdown mark.

It looked easy against Maryland (2-4, 1-1), which couldn't build on last week's surprising win over Clemson. The Terrapins allowed 516 yards and their banged-up offense couldn't keep up.

Chris Turner was 24 of 44 for 307 yards and three touchdown passes for Maryland, playing only its second road game of the season. Davin Meggett, filling in for injured running back Da'Rel Scott, was held to 21 yards on six carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down.

Turner's 4-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith with 1:37 left cut the lead to 10, but Wake Forest recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

With Wake Forest alum Arnold Palmer watching from the sidelines on homecoming, Josh Adams rumbled 48 yards for a touchdown on the opening possession with the aid of a crushing downfield block by Mike Rinfrette.

It was a sign of how easily Wake Forest would move the ball against first-year coordinator Don Brown's defense.

Unfazed by Maryland's constant blitzing, Skinner threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Marshall Williams, a 32-yarder to a wide-open Givens and 20-yard TD to an even more open Andrew Parker as Wake Forest took control.

Skinner set a career-high for TDs in the third quarter when Givens beat Cameron Chism on a 27-yard play for a 42-17 lead. Dominique Tate intercepted Turner in the end zone with 8 minutes left and Maryland trailing 42-25.

Wake Forest, which came in ranked No. 1 in the ACC in total offense, proved no match for Maryland, which has allowed at least 32 points in four of five games.

Beating poor-tackling Maryland and with losses by Boston College and North Carolina State, the Demon Deacons now control the unpredictable Atlantic Division ahead of next week's trip to Clemson.

They're doing it with the poise of the lightly recruited Skinner, who got one of Wake Forest's final scholarships in 2005.

Skinner completed 24 of 33 passes and finished 2 yards shy of setting a career high in yards passing for a fourth straight week.

It was Wake Forest's 16th win in 58 meetings against Maryland, which won 26-0 last year. This time the Demon Deacons had 21 points at the end of the first quarter, their best output in more than five years.

Josh Adams added 94 yards rushing and a TD for Wake Forest.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
WAKE
1st Downs2024
Total Yards369516
Passing307360
Rushing62156
Penalties5-458-79
3rd Down Conversions8-179-15
4th Down Conversions2-30-1
Turnovers10
Possession24:1135:49

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner24/443077.031
Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Skinner24/3336010.940

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Turner16271.7010
Meggett6213.5110
Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams13947.2148
Pendergrass12473.9025

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith10707.0119
Douglas37023.3050
Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Givens511623.2233
Williams67111.8119

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDWAKE
TD12:40Josh Adams 48 Yd Run (Jimmy Newman Kick) 07
TD10:41Davin Meggett 1 Yd Run (Nick Ferrara Kick) 77
TD05:20Devon Brown 4 Yd Run (Jimmy Newman Kick) 714
TD00:00Marshall Williams 10 Yd Pass From Riley Skinner (Jimmy Newman Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERMDWAKE
TD10:28Chris Givens 32 Yd Pass From Riley Skinner (Jimmy Newman Kick) 728
FG07:27Nick Ferrara 50 Yd 1028
TD04:49Andrew Parker 20 Yd Pass From Riley Skinner (Jimmy Newman Kick) 1035
THIRD QUARTERMDWAKE
TD08:09Adrian Cannon 2 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Nick Ferrara Kick) 1735
TD04:46Chris Givens 27 Yd Pass From Riley Skinner (Jimmy Newman Kick) 1742
FOURTH QUARTERMDWAKE
TD11:00Adrian Cannon 15 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Chris Turner Pass To Davin Meggett For Two-Point Conversion) 2542
TD01:37Torrey Smith 4 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Nick Ferrara Kick) 3242