North Carolina produced its biggest offensive showing ever on Saturday. Because of Maryland's Scott Milanovich, the 14th-ranked Tar Heels needed every yard.
The Tar Heels set a school total offense record of 714 yards behind quarterback Jason Stanicek's near-flawless first-half performance. Milanovich stole the spotlight in the second half and got Maryland close before North Carolina put away a 59-42 victory at Chapel Hill, N.C.
North Carolina plays host to No. 1 Florida State next Saturday.
"I don't think I've been around a game with as many big plays," North Carolina Coach Mack Brown said. "The problem is they were on both sides of the ball."
North Carolina got its share of big plays in the first half as Stanicek completed 14 of 17 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns to help the Tar Heels take a 38-21 halftime lead. He directed North Carolina (3-0, 1-0) to a third-quarter touchdown when Leon Johnson scored from a yard out on fourth down with 9:22 left.
Milanovich completed 18 of 24 passes in the second half for 198 yards and three touchdowns, finishing 34 of 50 for 405 yards. Jermaine Lewis caught nine passes for 250 yards.
North Carolina's 714 yards broke the school mark of 675 set against Virginia Military Institute in 1969. Curtis Johnson ran for 168 yards in 17 carries and Leon Johnson got 101 yards in 16 carries. For the second straight week, the Johnsons surpassed the 100-yard mark, the first time that's happened in consecutive games.
No. 18 North Carolina State 34, Wake Forest 16--Eddie Goines set a school receiving record with 207 yards to lead the Wolfpack at Winston-Salem, N.C..
North Carolina State (2-0, 1-0) defeated the Demon Deacons (0-2, 0-1) for the sixth straight time as Mike O'Cain of the Wolfpack and Jim Caldwell of Wake Forest made their ACC coaching debuts.
Geoff Bender started at quarterback for the Wolfpack, but shared time with Terry Harvey.
The quarterbacks completed nine of 10 passes for 225 yards in the first half as the Wolfpack rolled up 328 yards and a 24-0 lead.
Bender completed a 49-yard pass to Goines on North Carolina State's first play, setting up a 12-yard touchdown pass to Griffis.
Wake Forest, which turned the ball over five times in last week's loss to Vanderbilt, penetrated Wolfpack territory on its first five possessions, but failed to score.
Virginia 38, Navy 0--Symmion Willis passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and the Virginia defense held Navy to 66 yards rushing at Charlotesville, Va.
Willis, a redshirt sophomore, completed 10 of 20 passes for 205 yards.
Virginia (2-0) had 222 yards rushing and 205 yards passing. Navy (0-1) had only 216 yards total offense.
Navy quarterback Jim Kubiak completed 23 of 41 passes for 150 yards and two interceptions.
Georgia Tech 37, Furman 3--Jimy Lincoln's 75-yard scoring run and Marcus Coleman's 32-yard fumble return for a touchdown helped the Yellow Jackets build a 30-0 first-half lead at Atlanta.
Georgian Tech also scored on an 80-yard pass play from Donnie Davis to freshman Derrick Steagall, who made the catch between two defenders on the Furman 38 and sprinted to the end zone.