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Updated: Saturday, November 30, 2002 8:43 AM EST
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Wake Forest (6-5) at No. 23 Maryland (9-3)
WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS
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MARYLAND TERRAPINS
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COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- After squandering an opportunity to do no worse than secure a berth in the Gator Bowl, No. 23 Maryland gets another crack at a 10th victory Saturday when it hosts Wake Forest in its regular season finale.

A triumph would give the Terrapins (9-3, 5-2 ACC) consecutive 10-win campaigns for the first time in the program's 110-year history. Maryland has had only five 10-win seasons, including a 10-2 mark last year.

Maryland missed a chance to clinch second place in the ACC and a probable berth in the Gator Bowl last week, suffering a 48-13 loss at Virginia that snapped an eight-game winning streak. That Gator Bowl berth went to North Carolina State

It was an especially painful loss because Maryland learned at halftime that North Carolina State had beaten Florida State. That meant that a victory over Virginia would have given the Terrapins a share of the ACC title and kept them in contention for a BCS bowl berth.

Maryland could not take advantage of North Carolina State's victory and was blown out in the second half after trailing, 20-7, at the intermission.

The Terrapins suffered their most lopsided loss during Ralph Friedgen's two-year tenure as coach and are likely headed to the Peach or Tangerine Bowls.

Friedgen, who is 19-5, still needs one win to become the winningest second-year coach in ACC history. Ken Hatfield won 19 games in his first two years at Clemson in 1990 and 1991.

Wake Forest (6-5, 3-4) became bowl eligible with a 30-27 victory over Navy last week and is seeking just its second seven-win season since 1992.

A victory also would give the Demon Deacons their second winning season in as many years under Jim Grobe. Wake Forest seeks its first bowl bid since 1999, when it went to the Aloha Bowl.

Maryland leads the all-time series, 36-13-1. The Terrapins posted a 27-20 victory last season behind Bruce Perry, who rushed for 276 yards, the second-highest total in Maryland history and the most ever against Wake Forest.

In limited action this season due to injury, Perry has rushed 38 times for 206 yards (5.4 yards per carry).


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