Post-game Quotes: Maryland 33, Duke 20

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Oct. 11, 2003

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Maryland Head Coach Ralph Friedgen
Opening Comment:
"It was a great win. I thought Duke played very well... Offensively, they made it very hard for us to run the football. They put just about everybody in [the box] but the coaches. So we had to rely on throwing the ball, and I thought we did that better than we've been doing it. If we hadn't done that, I think we would have been in real trouble. We made some plays in the throwing game, and we got our option going, and it game us the spark we needed to get some points on the board. When it was 30-0, we were trying to substitute to stay healthy, and that is when they got back into the game."

On the play of senior QB Scott McBrien:
"Scott had a heck of a week in practice, he was really sharp... He made some good throws and didn't have very many mental mistakes. Other than the one pitch he had me worried on, I thought he handled the option plays really well."

On the play of junior DT Randy Starks:
"Randy Starks has been playing really well the whole year. He has been playing with tremendous effort. I though he played with great effort again tonight."

On the play of the Terps' receiving corps:
"I thought Latrez [Harrison] played well, he was kind of the `open guy' tonight. I thought the receivers caught the ball better tonight. Steve [Suter] is still making plays, I thought he had a big third down catch. If we can get our throwing game in sync we have a chance to be a pretty good offense. We can't just rely on [rushing]."

On facing upcoming opponent Georgia Tech:
"I'm hoping we are going to get excited about where we are - we better get excited going down to Georgia Tech. It's a huge game for both teams, on national television in a tremendous environment. It really could have a great impact on the rest of our season."

Maryland Quarterback Scott McBrien
(On the offense's sluggish start)
They were going to make us beat them by throwing the football. We tried to run on them early, but anytime they have eight or nine guys in the box, that makes it pretty difficult to run the football. Eventually, we made some big plays passing the ball and that helped us put points on the board.

(On finding his rhythm)
It's always good to get in a rhythm. It's not good to go three and out like we were early on. Once we got in a rhythm and started feeling comfortable I was making my reads and I was able to put the ball where it needed to be. Coach is right, I have to transfer that practice mentality onto the field. I just have to keep working on that.

Maryland Running Back Bruce Perry
(On the upcoming bye week)
We've been here for a long time. We knew it was going to be a long season and this week we need to focus on getting healthy so we can start fresh for the second half of the season.

(On the remainder of the season)
We have to build on each win and take something positive from each game. That's how we keep winning. As long as we keep doing what we've been doing, we'll be all right. We're focused on taking it one game at a time and letting the chips fall where they may.

Duke Head Coach Carl Franks
(On the team's performance)
"We didn't coach very well offensively, nor did we play very well offensively. Defensively, we played pretty well. We gave up a couple of big plays, so we've got to shore up some things. We had every opportunity in the world to put points on the board early and we kept self-destructing. It seemed like it was somebody different each time, which means we've got to coach a lot better."

(On the play of quarterback Mike Schneider)
"Mike [Schneider] got hit a bunch, got hit way too many times. We've got to learn how to get in the best plays. He's got to keep learning to hit the open guy. He's got to learn where to look. Sometimes he was looking in the wrong place, so that's just a matter of him maturing. That's something that he's going to continue to get better at."

(On the play of Maryland)
"We felt like we were shutting the run down pretty good for a while and then they started getting us on the outside. [Scott McBrien] is a very good passer. He's got some talented wide receivers. We knew they would hit a few on us. We played the ball very well a lot of the time, but we just have to learn how to play a lot better fundamentally. We just got out of position sometimes, but I thought we played very hard."

(On Duke's resiliency)
"We have a lot of players that played a gutsy game. FB Alex Wade had some bad ribs and he played well. TB Chris Douglas stayed in there, DE Micah Harris stayed in there."

Duke Fullback Alex Wade
(On his two touchdown runs)
"On the first touchdown, I was actually surprised. I was just trying to get the first down, but I saw a hole. I got through the line and nobody was there, so I ran as hard as I could. On the second [touchdown] at the goal line, that's a play we practice a lot. The line did a great job blocking, so I could just stick it right in there."

(On the 4th quarter comeback)
"That's something that we pride ourselves on no matter how far down we are, no matter what the game looks like, we always try to keep playing and never give up."

(On coming out flat in the first half)
"We know we can score points. But that seems to be our problem since I've been here is that we have come out flat. We don't execute even though we drive the ball on people and we get down in their territory. We don't put the ball in [the end zone]. Basically, these are execution mistakes."

Duke Linebacker Matt Zielinski
(On the team's performance)
"We came out here as strong as we wanted to, but we ended up killing ourselves again. Maryland came out and capitalized on our mistakes and played a great game. We went out there and shot ourselves in the foot once again this week. It's going to be scary when Duke puts a whole game together and plays like we know how to play."

(On the team's run defense)
"We had the number one run defense last year. We wanted to get back to playing like that again. We thought it was going to be a big game to do that because Maryland likes to run up the middle and we wanted to go out and stop that today."