Maryland Football Defeats Eastern Michigan, 51-24

Sept. 20, 2008

Recap |  Final Stats |  Quotes |  AP Photo Gallery  |  Photo Gallery 

Postgame Notes

Over 50: By scoring 51 points in today's game, Maryland eclipsed the 50-point mark for the first time in nearly four years. The Terps scored 55 points in a road victory over Duke on Sept. 25, 2004.

Offensive Firepower: Maryland's 486 yards of total offense is the most by the team since it totaled 524 yards in an overtime win over North Carolina on Nov. 12, 2005.

Fast Starters: With its victory on Saturday, Maryland is now 3-1 for the third time in the last five seasons, having also won three of its first four games in 2006 and 2004.

Home Cooking: The Terps are now 36-11 (.766) in games played in Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium during the Ralph Friedgen era (2001-present).

Big-Play Wideout: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey continued to provide a spark for the Terps offense. The junior snared a 32-yard touchdown strike from QB Chris Turner during the second quarter to extend the Terps' lead to 24-7. With three receptions for 31 yards against the Eagles, Heyward-Bey now averages 21.0 yards per catch thus far in 2008. He has caught at least one pass in 28 of the last 29 contests dating back to the 2006 season. Heyward-Bey also rushed for a career-high 81 yards on a pair of handoffs he took on reverse plays.

Chart Climber: Heyward-Bey continued his ascent through the receiving portion of Maryland's record book. By recording 31 receiving yards Saturday, the junior wideout passed Barry Johnson (1987-90) and Greg Hill (1982-84) to move into fifth place all-time in school history with 1,730 career receiving yards. He stands just 18 receiving yards behind Marcus Badgett (1989-92) for fourth all-time. His 32-yard score gives him 11 receiving touchdowns for his career - tied for fifth all-time at Maryland with Johnson and Badgett. Now with 108 career receptions, he has passed Johnson and is tied for sixth on that all-time list with Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof (1984-87).

Maryland Career Receiving Yards
Rk.       Player (Years)	   		Total Yards
1.	  Jermaine Lewis (1992-95)			2,932
2. 	  Geroy Simon (1993-96)			        2,059
3.	  Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof (1984-87)		1,895
4.	  Marcus Badgett (1989-92)			1,748
5.	  Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006-present)            1,730
6.	  Barry Johnson (1987-90)			1,721
	  Greg Hill (1982-84)

Maryland Career Receiving Touchdowns Rk. Player (Years) Touchdowns 1. Jermaine Lewis (1992-95) 21 2. Greg Hill (1982-84) 18 3. Gulian Gary (1998-2001) 13 4. Gary Collins (1959-61) 12 5. Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006-present) 11 Marcus Badgett (1989-92) 11 Barry Johnson (1987-90) 11

Offensive General: Turner continued to spearhead a productive Terrapins offense, completing 15 of 23 passes for 212 yards with 2 touchdown passes against the Eagles. In addition to the 32-yard touchdown pass to Heyward-Bey, he also found TE Dan Gronkowski for a 4-yard score in the third quarter.

Block Party: LB Adrian Moten blocked Patrick Treppa's punt following the Eagles' first possession, marking the first blocked punt for the Terps since Josh Wilson blocked one against William & Mary on Sept. 2, 2006. DB Dominique Herald recovered the punt and returned it 15 yards to give Maryland's offense exceptional starting field position at the Eagles' 10-yard line. Moten added an interception during the second quarter when he backpedaled and made an athletic play on QB Kyle McMahon's pass.

First Score...Then More: RB Morgan Green found the end zone on fourth-and-inches in the first quarter to cap a 10-play, 80-yard drive. It was Green's first career touchdown, coming on the 10th carry of his career. Green added a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter, extending the Terps' lead to 17-0. Backup QB Josh Portis also had his first career touchdown when he rushed in from 8 yards out in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Sneak: Portis rushed for a career-high 98 yards, including all 80 yards during the Terps' final scoring drive. Portis' 98 yards marked the highest total by a Maryland quarterback since Shaun Hill ran for 105 yards on 5 carries versus Duke on Oct. 20, 2001.

Trick Play: All three of Maryland's starting wide receivers got involved in some trickery during a fourth-quarter touchdown. Heyward-Bey took a handoff and threw a lateral pass to fellow WR Danny Oquendo, who threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to WR Isaiah Williams. The play marked Oquendo's first career touchdown pass and Williams' first score of the season. Oquendo is Maryland's first non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass since RB Josh Allen threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Oquendo on against Boston College on Nov. 18, 2006.

All-Purpose Player: WR Torrey Smith showcased his multi-dimensional abilities against the Eagles. The redshirt freshman had a 57-yard kickoff return on the play prior to Heyward-Bey's touchdown catch and also added a career-long 44-yard reception of his own during the third quarter. Smith - who entered Saturday with 140 career all-purpose yards - finished the game with 184 all-purpose yards.

Timely Pick: With Eastern Michigan threatening to score midway through the first quarter, DB Jamari McCollough intercepted QB Kyle McMahon's pass in the end zone to preserve the Terps' 3-0 advantage. It marked the first interception of McCollough's career. McCollough picked off another pass to conclude the contest - the seventh interception of the season for the Terps.

Points off Turnovers: When Moten and McCollough contributed big plays defensively against the Eagles, the Maryland offense capitalized. Both of the first two interceptions were converted into scores for the Terps, giving them 14 points off turnovers.

Through the Uprights: PK Obi Egekeze converted his first field goal of the season when he booted a 23-yarder to culminate Maryland's opening possession. He added a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 33-yarder in the fourth quarter. It was the first three-field goal game by a Maryland kicker since Egekeze booted three versus NC State last season (11/24/07).

Tackle Machine: LB Dave Philistin registered nine tackles and one-half sack on Saturday. He has now tallied at least nine tackles in 11 of his last 13 games dating back to last season. Fellow LB Alex Wujciak contributed a game-high 10 tackles - including 1.5 tackles for loss - versus the Eagles.

Sack Barrage: The Maryland defense continued to get to the opposing quarterback on Saturday. DLs Jeremy Navarre and Bemi Otulaja, LBs Rick Costa, Trey Covington and Moten and McCollough each contributed half-sacks versus the Eagles.

Start Me Up: RB Davin Meggett started Saturday's game in place of injured RB Da'Rel Scott, becoming the first Maryland true freshman tailback to start a game since LaMont Jordan got the nod against Georgia Tech on Nov. 22, 1997. Meggett is the team's first true freshman running back to start since FB Cory Jackson did so versus Wake Forest on Nov. 25, 2006, and the first Terp true freshman to start a game since OL Bruce Campbell did so versus Clemson on Oct. 27, 2007.

Debut: True freshman DB Cameron Chism made his Maryland debut Saturday when he participated on the coverage team on the opening kickoff. Chism is the fourth true freshman to see action this season, joining Meggett, DB Kenny Tate and TE Matt Furstenburg.

Streaks continue: Several Terps extended streaks on Saturday. DL Jeremy Navarre has now played in 41 consecutive games, and his 39 career starts are the most on the team. OL Edwin Williams has now started 30 consecutive games, tops on the offense.

Series record: Maryland improved to 4-0 all-time versus Eastern Michigan and is now 9-3 all-time against opponents from the Mid-American Conference.