In this case, Coach Danny Ford of Clemson didn't mind going for a tie.
With the ball on the Maryland four and two seconds left, David Treadwell kicked a 21-yard field goal to make the final score 17-17 at Baltimore Saturday, giving Clemson the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
Ford made his decision from the press box, where both he and Maryland Coach Bobby Ross had been banished for separate confrontations with officials.
Maryland is 1-3-1 in the ACC and 4-5-1 overall.
The Terrapins' Dan Henning, however, completed 15 of 36 passes for 195 yards to set school single-season records for pass completions, yards passing and total offense.
His 182 completions exceeded Boomer Esiason's 176 set in 1982; his 2,485 yards passing bettered Stan Gelbaugh's 1985 mark of 2,475, and his 2,463 yards in total offense improved on Gelbaugh's 2,385 last season.
Miami 23, Tulsa 10--At Miami, Vinny Testaverde threw two touchdown passes in a two-minute span late in the third quarter to keep No. 1 Miami on track for a confrontation with No. 3 Penn State, the only other unbeaten, untied Division I-A team.
Tulsa had closed to 10-3 in the third period, but Testaverde threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Brian Blades and a 4-yarder to tight end Alfredo Roberts.
Testaverde, who completed 21 of 34 passes for 308 yards, broke Bernie Kosar's school career passing record of 5,971 yards, finishing the game with 6,050 passing yards.
After the game, Miami Coach Jimmy Johnson said the Fiesta Bowl is planning to move its game from New Year's Day to Jan. 2 and match the top-ranked Hurricanes against Penn State.
Miami (10-0) concludes its regular season against East Carolina Thanksgiving night.
South Carolina 48, Wake Forest 21--Freshman Todd Ellis passed for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns and broke three NCAA records at Columbia, S.C., as the Gamecocks improved to 3-6-1, and the Demon Deacons fell to 4-6.
Ellis set a record for most touchdown passes by a freshman with 19, breaking the mark of 18 set by Mark Herrmann of Purdue. He also broke the NCAA records for most passing yards and most total yards by a freshman set by Northwestern's Sandy Schwab in 1982.
Ellis, ranked second in the nation in total offense, has 2,738 total yards and 2,745 passing yards.
Florida State 49, S. Mississippi 13--At Tallahassee, Fla., Eric Williams and Dedrick Dodge each scored on long interception returns to help the Seminoles to a homecoming victory.
Florida State (6-3-1) has won 5 of its last 6 games, losing only to Miami, 41-23, on Nov. 1. In that span, the Seminoles have averaged 47.3 points a game. Southern Mississippi is 5-5.
N. Carolina 27, Virginia 7--North Carolina tailback Derrick Fenner set an ACC record by gaining 328 yards in 39 carries at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Fenner, who scored on runs of 73 and 68 yards, missed the game's opening series on Coach Dick Crum's orders as punishment for arriving late at two of the week's practices.
Fenner broke the record held by North Carolina's Amos Lawrence, who rushed for 286 yards against Virginia in 1977. Fenner has 1,206 yards in 196 carries this season.
North Carolina is 6-3-1 overall, 4-2 in the ACC; Virginia is 3-7, 2-3.
Holy Cross 31, William & Mary 7--At Williamsburg, Va., Gordon Lockbaum and Tom Kelleher each scored two touchdowns as the Crusaders, tied with Arkansas State for second in Division I-AA, improved to 10-0. The loss dropped eighth-ranked William & Mary to 8-2.
Lockbaum, ranked first in scoring and fourth in yardage in Division I-AA, ran 18 times for 98 yards and caught 5 passes for 80 yards.
Kelleher caught 9 passes for 87 yards and carried 16 times for 67 yards.
N. Carolina St. 29, Duke 15--Erik Kramer became North Carolina State's all-time leading passer in the Wolfpack's ACC victory at Raleigh, N.C.
Kramer completed 18 of 36 passes for 214 yards to bring his career total to 4,346 yards with one game remaining in the regular season, breaking the record of 4,286 yards set by Dave Buckey from 1972-75.
Duke's Steve Slayden connected on 17 of 27 passes for 103 yards.
North Carolina State boosted its record to 7-2-1 overall and completed its ACC schedule at 5-2. Duke, which has lost 5 of its last 6 games, dropped to 4-6 and 2-4.
W. Virginia 42, Louisville 19--At Louisville, Chris Peccon ran for 3 touchdowns, and Undra Johnson rushed for 167 yards as the Mountaineers improved to 4-6, and the Cardinals dropped to 3-7.