COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland football program has its sights set on winning its second straight game at Beaver Stadium as it faces Penn State at Noon on Saturday, Oct. 8, in University Park, Pa. The Terps are 4-0 for the first time since 2013 and are seeking their first 5-0 start since the 2001 ACC Championship season.
VISITING FANS: Keep in mind that Penn State has a clear bag policy! Additionally, umbrellas are not allowed in Beaver Stadium in the event of inclement weather.
- The Maryland football team has totaled 173 points through its first four games - a program record. Additionally, Maryland has outscored its opponents 105-14 in the first half this season.
- The Terps have won five consecutive games dating back to their 2015 season finale - the most since posting seven straight victories during a span from 2003 to 2004.
- Maryland and Penn State last met at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 1, 2014, when the Terps scored 13 fourth quarter points and Brad Craddock knocked down a 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining to claim a 20-19 victory. Both meetings between Maryland and Penn State in Big Ten play have resulted in one-point games, as the Terps fell last year, 31-30.
- Maryland is one of just three teams in the Big Ten Conference (Ohio State, Michigan) that ranks in the top-15 nationally in scoring offense (43.3, 15th) and scoring defense (14.5, 10th).
- Maryland’s 50-7 victory against Purdue in its Big Ten opener was its largest margin of victory in a conference game since it defeated Wake Forest, 62-14, on Oct. 30, 2010. That game was also on Homecoming. It was the first time Maryland held a conference opponent to single-digits since defeating Wake Forest, 26-0, on Oct. 18, 2008.
MARYLAND OFFENSE: BY THE NUMBERS
4 - True freshman running back Lorenzo Harrison has scored a rushing touchdown in each of the first four games of his collegiate career, becoming the first freshman in Maryland history to accomplish the feat. He is looking to become the first player to score a rushing touchdown in the first five games to open the season since Keon Lattimore, who scored eight rushing touchdowns in the first five games in 2007.
6 - The Maryland offense exploded for six plays of 20+ yards, including three plays of 50+ yards, in its victory over Purdue. All five of Maryland’s plays of 30+ yards came on the ground, with Ty Johnson, Lorenzo Harrison and Perry Hills each contributing to the effort. Johnson had rushes of 75, 56 and 48 yards on the afternoon.
7 - Senior quarterback Perry Hills scored a rushing touchdown in overtime at UCF to become the seventh Terrapin to score a rushing touchdown this season through only three games (six different players scored in the opener). It is a remarkable feat for the team considering Maryland last had seven players score a rushing TD in an entire season in 2002. That 2002 team would go on to score 32 rushing touchdowns. This year’s team has 15 rushing touchdown through four games.
12 - Sophomore D.J. Moore currently leads all Maryland receivers with a reception in 12 consecutive games dating back to Oct. 3, 2015. Moore leads all offensive players with 14 consecutive starts, and leads the team in receiving yards (224) and yards-per-catch (17.2).
43.4 - The Maryland offense is clicking on all cylinders, averaging 43.4 points through its first four games. The Terps’ 173 points is the most in program history through four games. Maryland has scored at least 50 points in two of its four games, marking the first time it has reached the 50-point plateau twice in a season since the 2001 ACC Championship season.
95 - The Terrapins have had great success in the red zone this season, scoring on 95 percent (18-of-19) of their opportunities - a mark that is tied for first in the Big Ten Conference. Of its red zone chances, Maryland is scoring touchdowns at a 74 percent clip (14-of-19). Maryland scored a touchdown on all five of its red zone opportunities against Purdue.
204 - Sophomore Ty Johnson was spectacular against Purdue, posting a career-high 204 rushing yards on just 7(!) carries, in addition to two touchdowns. Johnson’s unbelievable 29.1 yards/carry were the most for a 200-yard rusher in FBS over the last 20 seasons (see table below). The 204 yards is also the single-game high in the Big Ten Conference this season.
300 - After racking up an incredible 400 yards of offense on the ground against Purdue, the Maryland offense is now averaging 300 rushing yards through its first four games. The 300 yards per game mark ranks second in the Big Ten Conference and seventh nationally. Maryland’s 1,200 total rushing yards through four games is the most since at least 1983, with the previous-most during that span being 919 yards in 2001.
MARYLAND DEFENSE/ST: BY THE NUMBERS
1 - Junior defensive lineman Jesse Aniebonam has taken full advantage of his first season as a full-time starter for the Terps, ranking second in the Big Ten with 1.0 sack/g and third in the Big Ten (10th nationally) with 1.8 tackles for loss/g. His 4.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss are already personal career-highs. Aniebonam, who is the cousin of former great New York Giants pass rusher Osi Umenyiora, has at least a 0.5 sack in every game this season.
1.5 - With the help of the aforementioned Jesse Aniebonam, Maryland’s defense has had great success getting to the quarterback in 2016. The Terps rank second in the Big Ten (15th nationally) with 3.5 sacks/g. Maryland’s 6.0 sacks against Purdue was a season-high, and its most since totaling 6.0 against USF on Sept. 19, 2015.
1.67 - Maryland’s punt defense has been fantastic under the leadership of special teams coordinator Pete Lembo, allowing just 3.8 yards per punt return - a mark that leads the Big Ten Conference. Wade Lees has punted the ball 21 times this season, allowing just five returns for 19 yards. In total, 11 of Lees’ 21 punts have dropped inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Lees is the oldest freshman in FBS at 28 years old.
7.7 - While the Maryland offense scampered for 400 rushing yards against Purdue, it was its defense that might have been even more impressive as it held the Boilermakers to just 10 rushing yards in the game. Prior to a Purdue 13-yard rush with less than three minutes to play, the Boilermakers had mustered -3 rushing yards in the game. The last time Maryland held an opponent under 25 rushing yards was Oct. 27, 2012, when Boston College managed just eight rushing yards.
8.3 - Part of Maryland’s great defensive success can be attributed to its ability to get off the field quickly, ranking 11th nationally by forcing 3-and-outs on 38.8 percent of its opponent’s drives. The Terps are averaging 5.25 defensive 3-and-outs this season, which was bolstered against Purdue when it forced 3-and-outs on 7-of-13 drives.
9 - The Maryland defense has allowed an average of just 14.5 points this season, a mark that ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 15th nationally. Coupled with its stellar offense, Maryland is one of just three teams in the Big Ten (Michigan, Ohio State) that ranks in the top-15 nationally in offense and defense.
14 - Junior WILL linebacker Shane Cockerille has impressed through four games, leading the Terps with 32 tackles and ranking eighth in the Big Ten Conference with 8.0 tackles per game. Cockerille was outstanding against UCF, posting a career-high 14 tackles, including 1.0 TFL. The strong start to the season is pretty remarkable considering Cockerille played both quarterback and fullback during his first three seasons in College Park.
64 - All-American return stalwart William Likely has only been allowed the opportunity to return two kickoffs in 2016, and for good reason. Averaging 51.5 yards per kickoff return, Likely had a 64-yard return against UCF and a 39-yarder against Purdue.