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Game Preview: Maryland at #5 Wisconsin

Maryland Athletics
10-17-2017
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Maryland (3-3, 1-2 B1G)
Maryland at Wisconsin
#5 Wisconsin (6-0, 3-0 B1G)
October 21, 2017 || Camp Randall Stadium || Noon EDT

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

- Maryland is set to make its first trip to Madison since 2014 as it faces the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday at Noon EST at Camp Randall Stadium. The game is set to be broadcast live on FOX with Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman on the call.

- Sophomore quarterback Max Bortenschlager has yet to throw an interception in each of his three starts - all against Big Ten opponents.The Terps have not thrown an interception in three straight conference games - the longest span in conference play since 2009. Overall, Bortenschlager has thrown 83 straight passes without an interception dating back to Sept. 23 against UCF - the longest streak since Chris Turner threw 132 straight passes without a pick in 2008.

- The Maryland defense notched a pair of interceptions against Northwestern to bring their season total to seven interceptions through six games. It marks the most interceptions through six games for a Maryland team since totaling eight in 2013. Junior JC Jackson leads the Terps with three interceptions, while Darnell Savage, Jr. has two. The Terps rank third in the Big Ten, with a +5 turnover margin (+0.83/g).

- The Terps have played the eighth-toughest strength of schedule so far in 2017, as its opponents have accumulated a 17-8 overall record (.680). Overall, Maryland is on pace to play the toughest schedule in the country with its cumulative opposition currently posting a 42-17 record (.712). Four of the Terps’ last six opponents are currently ranked in the top-20 of the Associated Press poll.

- Junior wide receiver DJ Moore had an incredible day against Northwestern last weekend, posting career-highs in catches (12) and receiving yards (210) while scoring two touchdowns. It was the most receiving yards in a game since Torrey Smith had 224 against NC State in 2010. Moore currently leads the Big Ten in touchdown catches (7), reception yards (624), reception yards per game (104.0) and receptions per game (7.3).

- Junior running back Ty Johnson and junior wide receiver DJ Moore are the only duo in the country from the same team ranked in the top-25 in all-purpose yards/g. Johnson ranks seventh nationally with 166.7 all-purpose yards/g, while Moore ranks 22nd (135.0/g).

BY THE NUMBERS: OFFENSE

2 - Junior DJ Moore caught two touchdown passes against Northwestern to give him seven receiving touchdowns on the season. His seven touchdown catches (with three different quarterbacks) is tied for 5th-most in a single-season in program history. Moore also passed Stefon Diggs (2012-14) for sole possession of fourth place on Maryland’s career touchdown reception list with 16.

3 - Sophomore signal caller Max Bortenschlager passed for a career-high three touchdowns and 255 yards in the loss to Northwestern last weekend. It was the most passing yards for a Maryland quarterback since Caleb Rowe passed for 297 yards against USF in 2015.

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. Maryland’s +5 turnover margin ranks third in the Big Ten Conference. Sophomore Max Bortenschlager has yet to throw an interception in any of his starts this season.

10 - Despite the injury issues at quarterback, the Maryland offense has been fortunate to be consistent at every other offensive position in 2017. Outside of quarterback, the Terps have started the same 10 players on offense in every game. Six of those 10 players have started at least 15 games in their career.

12 - Junior DJ Moore totaled a career-high 12 catches against Northwestern en route to becoming the 15th player in Maryland history to reach 100 career receptions. By the time Moore’s day was complete, he had passed five players on the career reception chart, including Marcus Badgett (1989-92) and Azizuddin Abdur-Ra’oof (1984-87). Moore now sits 10th in Maryland history with 110 career career catches. The 12 catches was tied with Frank Wycheck for 6th-most in a single-game in Maryland history.

20 - Senior Taivon Jacobs caught a 20-yard touchdown pass against Northwestern, marking his second score of the season and fourth of his career. Jacobs, who missed the entire 2016 season due to injury, currently ranks second on the Terps in both catches (18) and receiving yards (201).

27 - Wide receiver DJ Moore currently leads the Big Ten Conference with a reception in 27 straight games. Remarkably, Moore has received a pass from seven different quarterbacks during the streak due to various injuries. His catch streak is the longest for a Maryland player since Torrey Smith finished his career with a 30-game reception streak from 2008-10. Moore currently has 13 touchdown catches over his last 19 games.

210 - Junior DJ Moore totaled a career-high 210 receiving yards against Northwestern, becoming the sixth Terrapin in history to surpass 200 yards and first since Torrey Smith had 224 against NC State in 2010. Moore now ranks 11th in Maryland history with 1,610 career receiving yards. He needs 32 more yards to pass Ferrell Edmunds (1984-87) for 10th on the all-time list.

BY THE NUMBERS: DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

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 seventh nationally and third in the Big Ten averaging 166.7 all-purpose yards per game.

3 - The Terps rank third in the Big Ten Conference with a +0.83/g turnover margin (10-5), losing the turnover battle in just one of its six games. Overall, they have totaled seven 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.

3 - Senior safety Josh Woods totaled a career-high three pass breakups against Northwestern last weekend in addition to making seven tackles. He now has 18 tackles over his last two games, and ranks third on the team with 35 total tackles on the season.

4 - Senior Jermaine Carter, Jr. has totaled 4.0 tackles for loss through the first six 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.

6 - The Maryland defense had struggled recently to break up plays in the backfield, but got back on track against Northwestern with 6.0 tackles for loss - the most in a game since totaling 9.0 against Towson in week two. Senior Cavon Walker led the way with 2.0 tackles for loss, including a sack.

16 - Maryland’s special teams unit is ranked 16th in the country and third in the Big Ten Conference with a 66.9 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-5 of the conference in both kick return average (24.0) and punt return average (11.3).

22 - Sophomore Antoine Brooks, Jr. has totaled 22 tackles over his last two games, following up a career-best 13-tackle performance against Ohio State with nine more tackles against Northwestern. Brooks has been tremendous in his first full season as a starter, leading the team with 5.0 tackles for loss and ranking second on the team with 36 tackles. He has also recorded an interception and a forced fumble this season.

40 - Senior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. currently leads the Terps with 40 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.

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