Postgame Notes: Maryland 33, Duke 20

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Oct. 11, 2003

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* The University of Maryland football team moved to 5-2 (2-1 ACC) on the season with its 33-20 win over Duke, its fifth consecutive victory. The Blue Devils now stand at 2-4 (0-3 ACC).

* The Terrapins have now won four consecutive in the series and stretched their all-time lead to 29-18-0.

* With its win tonight, Maryland is now 17-1 at home under Ralph Friedgen. Friedgen is now tied with Lou Holtz for wins by a third-year coach in the ACC with 26. The win also moves Friedgen past Bobby Ross, who had 25 wins for the Terps from 1982-85, for the most wins by a Maryland coach in his first three seasons. His record now stands at 26-7.

* Senior Andrew Smith's interception on Duke's opening drive was his first of the season and second of his career. His first was against Florida State (9/28/00) in his sophomore season.

* Smith's interception set up Maryland's first score of the day, a 54-yard field goal by Nick Novak. The kick was Novak's career long (previous was 51) and tied the longest in school history, originally set by Steve Mike-Mayer Sept. 29, 1973 vs. Villanova. Novak is now 7-of-11 for his career from 50 yards and beyond. His four field goals against Duke marked the third time in his career that he has connected on four field goals in one game and the second time this season (The Citadel, 9/13/03)

* The Terrapins have scored first and have led after the first quarter in each of their seven games this season.

* Senior WR Latrez Harrison was instrumental in the Terps' first touchdown drive of the evening. The Atlanta native was on the receiving end of a 49-yard pass from Scott McBrien, Harrison's longest of the season and second-longest of his career. He followed the play up with his second touchdown of the season, a 15-yard strike in the left corner of the end zone. He finished the day with a team-best 88 yards on four catches.

* Sophomore Shawne Merriman's sack of Mike Schneider was his sixth of the season, surpassing his total from 2002 (five). Merriman now needs four sacks to be in Maryland's career top 10 and needs two more to set the Maryland record for sacks by a sophomore (eight, Ernie Salley, 1975).

* Merriman's fumble recovery in the third quarter was the first for the Terps this season. The recovery was also the first of Merriman's career.

* Senior TB Bruce Perry had the longest run (18 yards) and longest reception (28 yards) of the season tonight. Perry's rushing touchdown was the 14th of his career, tying him for 12th with Chet Hanulak on the all-time list.

* Perry now has 1,996 rushing yards in his career, standing just short of becoming the eighth player in Maryland history with 2,000 yards.

* Scott McBrien's 18 completions set a career high. McBrien's previous best was 17 against Wake Forest (11/30/02). With his 15-yard touchdown to Latrez Harrison, he tied Dick Shiner for eighth place on Maryland's career passing touchdowns list with 21.

* Maryland had seven receivers catch a ball in today's game. In the last six games, the Terrapins have had no less than seven receievers catch a ball in any game.

* Junior TB Sammy Maldonado returned to the Terp lineup and plowed in his third touchdown of the season for the Terps in the third quarter.

* Today's attendance was 50,084, the fourth time in as many home games this season that Maryland has hit the 50,000+ mark. It is the first non-sellout this season but marks the first time in school history that the team has hit the 50,000 mark for attendance in a season four timess.

* Maryland's next opponent, Georgia Tech (4-3, 2-2 ACC), beat Wake Forest today, 24-7. Both teams have a bye next week.