North Carolina asked to have the ball placed on the left hash mark so Stankavage would have room to roll right. It's hard to find fault with a roll-out, because it provides a pass-run option and spreads out the defense, but it has become almost a clich� in that situation; one of these days some offensive deep thinker will have to come up with a better idea.
Anticipating a roll-out right, Maryland Tackle Pete Koch and Gross both blitzed on the right side. That forced Fullback Eddie Colson to choose one or the other to block; Colson took Koch, giving Gross a clear path on the outside. Meanwhile, Carolina tried to "pick" a coverage man on the right side. "Whenever they do that it takes a little time," said Greg Williams, Maryland's secondary coach. "What they were doing was gambling they could get it off before J.D. got there." They couldn't. Stankavage had Anthony open in the flat, but Gross hurried him and Stankavage tossed the ball long.
"I threw it a little before I wanted to," said Stankavage. "He [Gross] made a good defensive play, and I didn't even see what happened to the ball. I didn't have to. I heard the crowd." Then he saw the crowd, which rushed out of the stands to tear down the goalpost at the east end of the stadium, still with those 22 seconds on the clock. Ross knew the fans' outburst would cost him 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff, but he couldn't resist a smile. "We've been trying to get emotion like that here for a while," he said.
For Carolina, so it goes. Among the Tar Heels' 1983 victims had been a non-conference trifecta of Memphis State (24-10), Miami of Ohio (48-17) and William & Mary (51-20), and the cumulative record of their seven opponents before Maryland is 20-36. As the old Chinese proverb says: He who builds his reputation by playing against fortune cookies will crumble when the going gets tough.