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Game Preview: Northwestern at Maryland

Maryland Athletics
10-10-2017
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N'WESTERN (2-3, 0-2 B1G)
Northwestern at Maryland
MARYLAND (3-2, 1-1 B1G)
October 4, 2017 || Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium || 3:30 pm

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

This weekend’s matchup between Maryland and Northwestern marks the first meeting in history between the schools despite more than 250 seasons of existence combined as football programs. The Terps have won 643 games in 125 seasons, while the Wildcats have won 527 in 135 seasons. Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald’s first coaching job was as a defensive graduate assistant for Maryland in 1998.

The Terps have played the second-toughest strength of schedule so far in 2017, as its opponents have accumulated a 13-3 overall record (.813). Overall, Maryland is on pace to play the toughest schedule in the country with four of its last seven opponents currently ranked in the Associated Press top-25.

Junior wide receiver DJ Moore caught his fifth touchdown pass of the season against Minnesota to move into a tie for fourth in Maryland history with Minnesota Vikings star Stefon Diggs (2012-14) at 14 career TD receptions. Moore is off to an incredible start in 2017, tying for the Big Ten lead in touchdown catches (5) and ranking second in reception yards (414) and receptions per game (6.4).

Maryland’s special teams unit has been a strong point in 2017, ranking seventh nationally in special teams efficiency (75.4) according to ESPN. The unit was given a 99.9 rating against Ohio State - tops in the country - after recording a kickoff return touchdown and blocking a field goal. The Terps’ kick return offense and punt return offense both rank in the top-4 in the Big Ten Conference.

The Maryland defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in nine consecutive games dating back to 2016, with Michigan’s De’Veon Smith (114 yds) being the last on Nov. 5, 2016. It is the longest streak without allowing a 100-yard rusher in more than 30 years for the Terrapins.

Junior running back Ty Johnson was named Big Ten Specialist of the Week after racking up a career-high 246 all-purpose yards against then-No. 10 Ohio State last week, including a 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown. The electric playmaker currently ranks fourth nationally and second in the Big Ten with 177.2 all-purpose yards/g, while leading the conference with 8.1 rushing yards per carry.

COLLEGE PARK HOSTS BTN TAILGATE

BTN Tailgate, the network’s Saturday morning pregame show that originates from different Big Ten campuses each week during conference play, is set to stop in College Park on Saturday prior to the Maryland-Northwestern game. 

BTN Tailgate is the home for Big Ten football fans beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday mornings, featuring Dave RevsineGerry DiNardoAnthony “Spice” AdamsStanley Jackson and Michelle McMahon. Tailgate captures the unique game day environment on each campus with fan interaction, special guests, football analysis and compelling features.

The show will air live from the Maryland football practices fields on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at noon. Fans will have the opportunity to appear on the live show throughout the broadcast.    Gates to the football practice fields will open at 9 a.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early as free food will be provided for the first 400 fans courtesy of Fat Pete’s BBQ. On the menu for Saturday will be breakfast burritos, fried chicken and Belgian waffle sandwiches, hash brown potato wedges and an array of beverages.

STADIUM REMINDERS

  • Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium has a Clear Bag Policy.  Only the following style and size bags will be allowed into the stadium, all of which are subject to search: (1) bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12"; (2) one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar); and (3) small clutch bags, measuring 4.5” x 6.5” with or without a handle or strap. All other bags will not be permitted. Guests are encouraged to return unauthorized items to their vehicles or place items in a daily rental locker available for $10/day inside the Terp Zone of the Stamp Student Union. Gate personnel cannot safeguard items that are not permitted into the stadium.  To view the full-version of the Clear Bag Policy, visit: http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=29700&ATCLID=211075109.
  • Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium has a Chair Back PolicyAny portable seat that impedes on the comfort and enjoyment of a fan in an adjacent seat (in front, behind, or to the side) is prohibited. Any stadium seat measuring more than 16 inches wide is prohibited. All seats with arm rests and zippers are prohibited. Stadium seats may be purchased on a season basis by calling the ticket office at 301-314-7070 or rented on the day of the game on the stadium concourse near section 9 and 19.  To view the full-version of the Chair Back Policy, please visit: http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=207272014.  
  • Purchase Clear Bags, prior to entering the stadium, at the Team Store located outside of Gate I or at the University Book Center located inside the Stamp Student Union. 
  • Rent Daily Lockers for $10/day inside the Terp Zone of the Stamp Student Union. Easy access to the Terp Zone is available at the Stamp entrance along Fieldhouse Drive across from Maryland's Bob "Turtle" Smith Baseball Stadium. 
  • ALL fans are able to enter ANY stadium gate, except GATE H, which is reserved for the President's Suite and Mezzanine ticket holders only.  


"DO GOOD"

Maryland Football will celebrate the University's campus-wide "Do Good" initiative at Saturday's game. The Terps will wear "Do Good" helmet decals and several video features will highlight student-run charitable organizations throughout the game. For more information, please visit 
dogood.umd.edu


BY THE NUMBERS: OFFENSE

2 -Junior DJ Moore needs just two catches to reach 100 career receptions which would make him the 15th player in Maryland history to reach the feat. Moore has also accumulated 1,408 receiving yards - a mark that is tied for 14th in program history. He needs just 92 yards to become the 13th player in program history to reach 1,500 career receiving yards.

4 - All four of sophomore quarterback Max Bortenschlager’s touchdown drives against Minnesota were at least 2 minutes and 40 seconds in length, with three being longer than 3:30. Bortenschlager has led the Terps to five of the six total 3:30+ drives this season (20 drives total). He also led the Terps to a fantastic 9-of-16 day on third downs against the Gophers.

5 - Wide receiver DJ Moore has been spectacular through the season’s first five games, tying for the Big Ten Conference lead in receiving touchdowns (5) and ranking second in receiving yards (414), receiving yards per game (82.8) and receptions per game (6.4). Moore has had at least seven catches in 4-of-5 games this season. Prior to 2017, he had never had more than six receptions in a game.

5 - The Terps have done well taking care of the ball in 2017, turning the ball over just five times through five games despite starting three different quarterbacks due to injury. The mark currently leads the Big Ten Conference and ranks 12th nationally.

5 - Junior wide receiver DJ Moore caught five touchdown passes in the first four games of the season, becoming the first Maryland player to achieve the feat since Torrey Smith in 2010. He became the first Maryland player in the last 35 years to catch a touchdown in each of the first four games to open the season.

8 - Junior running back Ty Johnson turned in his eighth career 100-yard rushing game, and fifth in the last seven games dating back to 2016, with a 130-yard effort at Minnesota. All eight of his 100-yard games have come in the last 15 games, with five against Big Ten opponents. Johnson capped off his fantastic day against the Gophers with a game-winning 34-yard touchdown run with 1:10 remaining.

14 - Philadelphia native DJ Moore caught his 14th career touchdown pass against Minnesota, moving him into a tie with Stefon Diggs (2012-14) for fourth all-time in Maryland history. He is now chasing Greg Hill (1982-84) for third on Maryland’s career touchdown reception list (see chart below).

26 - Wide receiver DJ Moore currently leads Big Ten Conference with a reception in 26 straight games. Remarkably, Moore has received a pass from seven different quarterbacks during his three-year tenure due to various injuries. His catch streak is the longest Maryland player since Torrey Smith finished his career with a 30-game reception streak from 2008-10. Moore currently has 11 touchdown catches over his last 18 games.

57 - Junior running back Ty Johnson was limited to just 57 yards on 12 carries against then-No. 10 Ohio State (10/7), yet he remains one of the Big Ten’s top tailbacks. Johnson currently leads the conference and ranks fourth nationally with an absurd 8.1 rushing yards per carry. He also ranks fourth in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns (4), fourth in rushing yards per game (93.6) and fifth in total rushing yards (468).

BY THE NUMBERS: DEFENSE/ST

1 - Junior Ty Johnson recorded his first career kick return touchdown with a spectacular 100-yard return down the sideline against the Buckeyes last weekend. Johnson finished the game with 189 kick return yards and totaled a career-high 246 all-purpose yards in the effort. He ranks fourth nationally and second in the Big Ten averaging 177.2 all-purpose yards per game.

4 - The Terps rank fourth in the Big Ten Conference with a +0.60/g turnover margin, losing the turnover battle in just one of its five games. Overall, they have totaled five interceptions and forced seven fumbles (three lost) against just three interceptions and two lost fumbles. Last season, the Terps lost the turnover battle, 19-12, over the course of 13 games.

4 - Senior Jermaine Carter, Jr. has totaled 4.0 tackles for loss through the first five games, including 2.0 in the win over Texas. Carter now has 27.0 tackles for loss in his career, which ranks tied for 13th in program history with Gurnest Brown (1979-82) and Demetrius Hartsfield (2009-12). Carter needs 5.0 more TFLs to crack Maryland’s top-10 in the category.

7 - Maryland’s special teams unit is ranked seventh in the country and second in the Big Ten Conference with a 75.4 efficiency rating according to ESPN - a mark that was bolstered against Ohio State with a blocked field goal and kickoff return touchdown. The Terps have blocked a pair of field goals this season and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown, while also ranking in the top-4 of the conference in both kick return average (28.6) and punt return average (13.6).

11 - Senior safety Josh Woods pieced together arguably his best statistical game as a Terrapin against then-No. 10 Ohio State, posting career-highs in tackles (11) and tackles for loss (2.0) while also forcing a fumble. Described by defensive coordinator as one of the team’s most improved defensive players, Woods ranks second on the Terps in tackles (28) and tackles for loss (3.5).

13 - Sophomore Antoine Brooks, Jr. was sensational against then-No. 10 Ohio State, recording a career-high 13 tackles, including a tackle for loss. Brooks has been tremendous in his first full season as a starter, tying for the team lead with 4.0 tackles for loss and ranking third with 27 tackles. Brooks has also recorded an interception and a forced fumble this season.

34 - Senior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. currently leads the Terps with 34 tackles on the season and appears poised to lead the team in the category for the third consecutive season. He would be just the fifth Maryland player to achieve the feat since 1969, joining Alex Wujciak (2008-10), D’Qwell Jackson (2003-05), E.J. Henderson (2000-02) and Ratcliff Thomas (1993-95).

51 - Graduate transfer Henry Darmstadter came through in the clutch with a career-long 51-yard field goal as time expired in the first half against Minnesota last weekend. Darmstadter, who is Georgetown’s all-time kicking leader, had a previous long of 49 yards. It was the longest field goal for a Terps since Brad Craddock hit a 57-yarder against Ohio State in 2014. He has made a seamless transition into the lineup, including knocking down a Maryland record nine PATs against Towson in his Terrapin debut.

80 - The Maryland rush defense was stout against Minnesota, allowing just 80 yards on the ground in the game. It marked the third time in four games the defense has held its opponent under 100 yards rushing. Last year’s defense only held its opponent under 100 yards rushing once in 13 games, allowing 150+yards in 12-of-13.

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