Nov. 27, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Postgame notes from Maryland's 38-31 win over NC State.
Quick Hits: Maryland finished the regular season 8-4, including 5-3 in the ACC ... the Terps reached five ACC wins for the first time since 2006 and they ended the regular season tied for second in the Atlantic Division ... the Terps are bowl eligible for the seventh time in 10 seasons under Ralph Friedgen and will find out their destination on Dec. 5 ... Torrey Smith had a school record four receiving touchdowns ... Danny O'Brien became the first Maryland player to throw for 400 yards since Scott Milanovich in 1993 ... the Terps finished the season 5-1 at home and 7-2 when winning the turnover battle... the win snapped a four-game losing streak against opponents ranked in the AP Top 25. The Terps had won six in a row over ranked teams (AP poll) prior to that four-game skid. Maryland's last win over a ranked opponent was in 2008 (No. 17 North Carolina).
Friedgen Alone in Third: Friedgen improved his record to 74-50 (.597) at Maryland and is now alone in third place on the Terps coaching victory chart. He entered the game in a tie for third in school history with Jim Tatum (73). Curley Byrd is the all-time leader with 119 and Jerry Claiborne is second (77). Friedgen became the 13th head coach in ACC history to amass 70 career wins with the victory over Duke (10/2). His 74 overall victories as an ACC head coach rank 10th on the league's all-time list ... the Terps have their fifth eight-win regular season under Friedgen (2001-03, 2006). Maryland now has a chance to win at least nine games for the 14th time in school history. Four of those have come during Friedgen's tenure.
Career Game: WR Torrey Smith set career highs in receptions (14), receiving yards (224) and receiving TDs (4). His four receiving TDs are a Maryland single-game record. He is just the sixth player in school history to record 200-plus receiving yards in a game and it is the third most yards in a game in school history and 18th-most on the ACC books. The 14 receptions are tied for the second most in school history and tied for 11th on the ACC single-game chart. Smith becomes just the second Maryland player to post more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season (1,045), joining Marcus Badgett (1,240 in 1992).
Smith Moves Up: With his 14 receptions, Smith moved past Darrius Heyward Bey for third place on the school career receptions list. The junior now has 150 in his career, behind just Geroy Simon (185; 1993-96) and Jermaine Lewis (193, 1992-95). He also moved up to second in career receiving yards with 2,205, behind only Lewis (2,932).
TD Mark: Smith made his ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th touchdown receptions of the year, which sets a new school record for single-season TD receptions. Jermaine Lewis (1994) and Marcus Badgett (1992) previously owned the record with nine. The 12 TDs are tied for ninth in ACC history.
All-Purpose Yards Mark: Smith now holds the Maryland career all-purpose yards mark, passing Lamont Jordan (4,960, 1997-00). He had 272 in the game, giving him 5,183 in his career. He also now ranks seventh on the ACC career all-purpose yards list after entering the game 13th on the list.
100-Yard Games: Smith had his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season which is tied for the second most in school history (school record is five by Marcus Badgett in 1992). It was the seventh of his career which is also tied for second in school history (record is 15 by Jermaine Lewis, 1992-95).
Big Games: The career-high 417 passing yards by O'Brien ranks fourth on the single-game list at Maryland, just one behind John Kaleo vs. Clemson, 1992... Scott Milanovich has the top two Terp games, going for 498 vs. Virginia Tech in 1993 and 451 against West Virginia that same season... Smith's 224-yard receiving game is third on the all-time list, behind only Marcus Badgett (251 vs. Pittsburgh, 1992) and Jermaine Lewis (250 vs. North Carolina, 1993)... Smith's 14 catches are tied for second on the single-game list (also Russ Weaver vs. Wake Forest, 1993; Frank Wycheck vs. NC State, 1990). Geroy Simon had a school-record 16 vs. FSU in 1995.
Getting to 20: O'Brien had four TD passes and now has 21 this season, second most in school history. He is just the second player in school history to throw 20 or more TDs in a single season (Scott Milanovich had 26 in 1993 and 20 in '94).
More Marks For O'Brien: O'Brien's 417 passing yards against NC State give him 2,257 this season. He now ranks sixth on the ACC's single-season freshman passing yardage list. He is responsible for 23 TDs this season (21 passing, 1 rushing, 1 receiving). He is just the eighth player in Maryland history to account for 20 or more TDs in a season. The last player to account for 20-plus TDs in a season was Scott McBrien in 2003 (25).
No. 17: Eric Franklin intercepted NC State QB Russell Wilson late in the second quarter, marking the 17th interception for the Maryland defense this season (second for Franklin). It's the most interceptions since 2002 when Maryland had 18. The interception set up a touchdown and the Terps are now outscoring opponents 87 -20 in points off turnovers.
Baltz's Boot: Travis Baltz connected on a 52-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the second quarter, the longest FG of his career. It's the longest field goal by a Maryland kicker since Nick Novak had a 54-yarder in 2003. Earlier in the game Baltz had missed a 37-yarder, snapping a streak of eight consecutive made field goals.
Touchdown Machine: D.J. Adams finished the game with minus-1 yard on seven carries, but had a 2-yard TD run, his team-high seventh rushing TD this season. He also had a 1-yard run on fourth-and-1 with less than 1:00 to go in the game, enabling the Terps to hold onto the ball and run out the clock.
Saving His Best For Last: Senior tight end Will Yeatman has had the two best games of his career in his final two regular season contests. He had five receptions for 47 yards against Florida State last week and had five catches for 46 yards this evening.
Tidbits: Antwine Perez set a career high with 11 tackles ... Trenton Hughes also had a career-high seven stops ... Adrian Cannon caught five passes for 36 yards ... Maryland's defense had four sacks on the day ... the Terps scored on four of five trips to the red zone ... three seniors (Cannon, Emani Lee-Odai and LaQuan Williams) started at wide receiver. It was Lee-Odai's first start since 2008 (vs. BC) ... Smith had his 17-game consecutive start streak snapped ... Paul Pinegar started his 24th-straight contest, the highest total on the offense.