DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Don't count Maryland out of the Atlantic Coast Conference race just yet.
Scott McBrien completed 16-of-21 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns as the Terrapins routed Duke, 45-12, for thir sixth straight victory.
Unbeaten since season-opening losses to Notre Dame and Florida State, Maryland (6-2, 2-1) remained one game behind North Carolina State in the ACC race. The Terrapins, who are the defending ACC champions, visit North Carolina State next week before hosting the undefeated Wolfpack on November 9.
Maryland also relied on its defense and special teams to open a 31-0 halftime lead as Steve Suter returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and cornerback Curome Cox took back an interception nine yards for a score in the second period.
McBrien tossed TD passes of 69 yards to Latrez Harrison and 16 yards to Scooter Monroe in the third period to extend the Terrapins' cushion to 45-0.
Duke (2-7, 0-5), which suffered its 21st strraight ACC loss, got on the board on backup Chris Dapolito's 14-yard TD pass to Khary Sharpe with under five minutes remaining.
Dapolito replaced Adam Smith, who completed 12-of-23 passes for just 109 yards and two interceptions.