Royalty Heads to Byrd Stadium for a Maryland Football Game

A “Royal” atmosphere produced a royal game today as the spirited Terps struck for three second half touchdowns to defeat Jim Tatum and the favored North Carolina Tar Heels 21-7.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, were among the 45,000 fans who packed Byrd Stadium to see the Terps score an upset.

Maryland and North Carolina played on near even terms during the first half, but the Terrapins roared back to even the score and then go ahead on an 81 yard scoring run by halfback Ted Kershner.

On the first Maryland series in the second half, Bob Rusevlyan quarterbacked the Terps 44 yards for the first score.

Line smashes and end runs by Fred Hamilton, Gene Verardi and Phil Perlo moved the pigskin to the one yard line. Rusevlyan capped the drive by sneaking the ball over for the touchdown.

North Carolina’s next series fizzled and halfback Don Coker punted through Maryland’s endzone.

Ben Scotti took the ball on an end around play on the 20 and lost a yard. Kershner then exploded with his down-the-middle 81 yard sprint.

On their third series of downs after scoring, the Terps marched 77 yards for the third and final score. Long gains by Hamilton, Verardi, and Kershner placed the ball on the Tar Heel 13.

Jim Joyce carried the ball into the endzone on the next play for the final touchdown. John Fritsch made his third straight extra point.

source: University of Maryland Library Archives