North Carolina beats Maryland 45-38 to end season

North Carolina beats Maryland 45-38 to end season
November 24, 2012, 7:07 pm
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CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - North Carolina's A.J. Blue (15) scores a touchdown in the second quarter against Maryland during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Bryn Renner tied a school record with five touchdown passes, while Gio Bernard ran for 163 yards and a score to help North Carolina beat Maryland 45-38 in the finale for both teams Saturday.

Freshman Quinshad Davis had nine catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns for the Tar Heels (8-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew the game open with a dominating third quarter en route to another big scoring output in their first season under Larry Fedora. North Carolina won eight games for the second time in three seasons but is banned from a bowl due to NCAA sanctions.

Brandon Ross ran for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Terrapins (4-8, 2-6), who closed their second straight bowl-less season under Randy Edsall. They led 35-21 after Stefon Diggs' 99-yard kickoff return to open the second half, but UNC scored 24 straight points to take back control.