Terp Player Comments On Temple Win

Sept. 2, 1999

PHILADELPHIA - Maryland player quotes following the Terrapins' 6-0 season-opening win over Temple on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Renard Cox: "I expected them to test me because I was a new corner in my first start. I think I played up to my challenge. I don't think I played a great game, but I think I played a good game. I have a lot more work to do. I take a lot a pride in our win. We have defensive pride. We got our first shutout in I don't know how long, and we have to use it as a stepping-stone. We have to get ready for Western Carolina."

Aaron Thompson: "Going into the game, the linebacking corps knew the challenge that we had ahead of us. We have been questioned alot with the lost of Kendall (Ogle) and Eric (Barton), but I think we did a pretty good job out there today making plays and flying around the field. This game definitely has to stand out as one of my best games. I made most of the plays that I was in position to make, and didn't miss many tackles."

"(On the last play), we kind of put it in the Lord's hands. We kind of left it up to Him to make the decisions. Our personnel was nervous. I had no clue what play they were going to run. I could have been anything. Actually, I bumped the receiver, and I saw the quarterback drop back and look that way and throw the fade. Ohhh, man, I love Bryn (Boggs) for batting that ball down."

Calvin McCall: I was really happy. I felt like I came out in my first game and was able to bring home a win. But it was a defensive victory. I'm happy, they're happy. Everybody's happy at Maryland. (When the offense struggled a bit), I just told everyone to just stay positive. They're not going to be perfect and not all my passes were perfect, either."

Maryland recorded its first shutout in three seasons, and its first on the road since 1987. It was the Terps' lowest-scoring shutout since a win at Clemson in 1965. Maryland hosts Western Carolina next Saturday, Sept. 11, at Byrd Stadium at 6 p.m.