Nov. 4, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-
Maryland defense steps up: The Terrapin defense stepped up against Carolina with its best effort since the Florida International game, holding the Tar Heels to 259 yards of total offense. Maryland had been allowing an average of 367.2 yards per game.
Henderson Leads the ACC: Since sitting out the Georgia Tech game due to injury, Maryland's Erin Henderson has been on a tear, posting 44 stops in his last three games. The linebacker had a career-high 18 tackles against Virginia, and made another 15 stops in the loss to Clemson. Against North Carolina he posted 11 tackles. He entered Saturday's game leading the ACC in tackles with 12.6 per game, which also placed second in the country. The junior has led the team in stops each game he has played this season. Henderson was a preseason All-American and was recently named a Butkus Award semifinalist. He is also on the watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award.
Philistin not far behind: Middle linebacker Dave Philistin has stepped up his play with five consecutive games with double-digit tackles, including 10 against North Carolina. He posted 21 tackles in the win over Georgia Tech, the most by a Maryland player since 1998.
Entering Saturday's action, Henderson and Philistin ranked first and second in tackles in ACC games.
Rushing scores: Running backs Keon Lattimore and Lance Ball have become quite familiar with the end zone this season. The seniors have scored a combined 20 touchdowns on the year. Lattimore has 11 touchdowns on the season, which ties him for the eighth best single-season output. Ball is tied for 15th on the single-season list with nine scores on the ground.
Only two pairs of Maryland backs have ever rushed for more combined touchdowns in a single season. Chris Downs (13) and Josh Allen (8) totaled 21 in 2002, and Bruce Berry and Marc Riley had 10 each for the Terps in 2001.
Lattimore has 17 touchdowns in his career, tied for 13th on the school's career rushing list.
Veteran Rushers: With 73 yards on the ground against North Carolina, Lance Ball moved closer to sixth place on the school's career rushing list. He currently ranks seventh with 2,264 yards for his career. He needs only two more yards to match Louis Carter (1972-74), who is sixth with 2,266.
Keon Lattimore ran for 29 yards on the day and needs eight yards to catch Art Seymore (1970-72) who has 1,656 in 14th place.
Maryland forces turnovers: The Maryland defense added two more interceptions against North Carolina Saturday, bringing their season total to nine. The Terps had eight all of last season. On North Carolina's first possession, junior Kevin Barnes picked off a deep T.J. Yates pass for his fourth interception of the year. He leads all Maryland players in picks, and entered the game tied for fifth in the conference and 53rd in the country in that category. Isaiah Gardner has Maryland's other interception in the second quarter.
Linebackers Adrian Moten and Moses Fokou also forced two fumbles, although neither resulted in possession for Maryland. The Heels recovered one fumble, and linebacker Erin Henderson grabbed the other for the Terps, but subsequently fumbled the ball back to Carolina.
Offensive Line Injuries: Left tackle Scott Burley returned to the starting line-up against North Carolina after missing most of last week's loss to Clemson. Redshirt freshman Paul Pinegar served as the back-up to Burley, and entered the game in the first half when Burley left for a time with an injury. Starting guards Andrew Crummey and Jamie Thomas are already out of the line-up after they suffered broken legs against Georgia Tech and Virginia respectfully. Veteran reserves Phil Costa and Jack Griffin have filled in at the guard positions.
Starting streaks continue: Several Terps extended starting streaks in the game. Safety Christian Varner has started a team-high 31 straight games and 32 of the past 33 games. Linebacker Trey Covington has started 30 of the past 31 games. Guard Andrew Crummey has started a team-high 34 games overall, but has been out of the lineup since suffering a broken leg in the win over Georgia Tech.