COLLEGE PARK, Md. ? In his first career start, Chris Turner threw for 255 yards, and Lance Ball ran for three touchdowns as Maryland barely held on for a 28-26 victory Saturday over Georgia Tech.
Travis Bell sent a 52-yard field goal attempt wide right with 54 seconds remaining. Andrew Gardner was whistled for holding on the previous play, knocking the Yellow Jackets back 10 yards and preventing them from lining up for what would have been a 40-yard try.
Turner had three passes of longer than 40 yards in the first half, including the first touchdown pass of his career, a 78-yard strike to Jason Goode. He cooled off in the second half but finished 10 of 17 for 255 yards and a touchdown.
Ball carried 16 times for 86 yards and three touchdowns.
Maryland (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had leads of 21-3 and 28-17, but Georgia Tech closed to 28-26 with 8:21 left in the game on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Bennett to Demariyus Thomas. The Yellow Jackets' two-point conversion try fell short when linebacker Dave Philistin stuffed Tashard Choice on a direct snap.