COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — On the third play of the game, Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Terence Davis to put the Demon Deacons in front of Maryland and stun the crowd of 40,391.
Sadly for Wake Forest, that would be high point of a 19-14 loss Saturday.
Price went 13 for 38 for 170 yards, but the Demon Deacons lost two fumbles, missed two field goal tries and twice couldn't punch the ball in the end zone from the Maryland 1.
And it all started so well. Davis slipped behind the Maryland secondary on the right side and was all alone when the pass from Price landed in his hands.
"I don't recall another big play offensively," coach Jim Grobe said. "From that point on, it was pretty tough sledding."
Davis, subbing for injured star receiver Michael Campanaro, finished with seven receptions for 130 yards.
The Demon Deacons (3-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) took a 14-13 lead with 7:06 left in the third quarter, moving 24 yards after Maryland's Stefon Diggs fumbled a punt. On third down from the 7, Price threw a touchdown pass to Tommy Bohanon, the fullback's third score in two weeks.
But Diggs caught a short pass from fellow freshman Perry Hills and turned it into a 63-yard gain, setting up a 1-yard run by Justus Pickett with 5:37 left.
Tanner wasn't able to bring the Demon Deacons back, but it wasn't entirely his fault. He spent much of the game running from Maryland's defense, which came in ranked eighth in the nation in yardage allowed.
"I think you have to look at him and say he didn't play very well, but I don't think he had a lot of support," Grobe said. "We dropped some balls today, which hurt us."
The Demon Deacons were without six suspended players: cornerback Merrill Noel, safety Daniel Mack, linebacker Mike Olson, guard Frank Souza, running back Deandre Martin and receiver Airyn Willis. They were cited for violating team rules.
"A combination of injuries and being depleted didn't help us today," Grobe said.
Diggs fumbled a punt and dropped a pass, but his 63-yard jaunt was the difference-maker.
"He made an electric play and you have to give credit to him," Wake Forest linebacker Riley Haynes said. "He made the play and we didn't."