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Game Preview: #21 Michigan at Maryland

Maryland Athletics
11-7-2017
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#21 Michigan (7-2, 4-2 B1G)
Michigan at Maryland
MARYLAND (4-5, 2-4 B1G)
November 11, 2017 || Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium || 3:30 pm

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Maryland football team welcomes Michigan to Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium Saturday as it looks to pick up its first victory against the Wolverines since 2014. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 pm kickoff on Big Ten Network with Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason and Elise Menaker on the call.

Maryland is on pace to play the toughest schedule in the country with its cumulative opposition currently posting a 58-29 record (.667). Notre Dame ranks second in the category with a .652 culmulative opposition record, while five Big Ten teams (including Maryland) rank in the top-9. Maryland closes its regular season with three straight opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top-25.

Maryland and Michigan are the only two programs in the Power-5 to have a different quarterback start in three wins this season. The Terps earned wins with Tyrrell Pigrome (Texas) and Kasim Hill (Towson), before both were lost for the season due to injury. Sophomore Max Bortenschlager has since started every game in the Big Ten slate, winning games against Minnesota and Indiana. Bortenschlager has thrown 10 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

Maryland continues to be one of the top programs in the turnover margin department, ranking second in the Big Ten Conference with a +6 turnover differential. The Terps have lost the turnover battle just once (UCF) in nine games this season, despite playing five different quarterbacks. Last season, Maryland had a -7 turnover differential.

Junior DJ Moore, who currently leads the Big Ten Conference with 59 receptions, needs 19 catches to break the single-season Maryland record for receptions set in 1994 by Geroy Simon (77). Moore is currently averaging 6.6 catches per game, which would put him on pace for 79 catches with three guaranteed games remaining. Moore, who also leads the conference in TD catches (8) and reception yards (820), has caught a pass from four different quarterbacks in 2017.

Junior running back Ty Johnson needs just 43 yards to become the 13th player in Maryland history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards. He currently ranks 14th in Maryland history in the category. Johnson is also looking to become the 14th player in Maryland history to record 3,000 all-purpose yards - he needs just 17 yards to reach the milestone.

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.  

BY THE NUMBERS: OFFENSE

3 - Maryland is one of four programs to win a game with three different starting quarterbacks this season, including Saturday’s opponent Michigan, Louisiana-Lafayette and Houston. Quarterbacks Tyrrell Pigrome (Texas), Kasim Hill (Towson) and Max Bortenschlager (Minnesota, Indiana) have each won games this year for the Terps, with Bortenschlager throwing 10 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

3 - Senior wide receiver Taivon Jacobs has been on fire in recent weeks, scoring a touchdown in three of his last four games while posting career-highs in receptions (7) and yards (97) against Rutgers. Jacobs, who has caught a pass in all 12 games this season, has posted single-season career-highs in receptions (32), receiving yards (390) and touchdowns (4).

4 - The Maryland offense ranks fourth in the Big Ten conference averaging 29.9 points-per-game after a 42-point outburst against Indiana two weekends ago. The Terps have scored at least 30 points in all four of their victories in 2017. Maryland is 9-2 overall under head coach DJ Durkin when scoring at least 30 points.

6 - The Terps have done well taking care of the ball in 2017, turning the ball over just nine times through nine games despite starting three different quarterbacks due to injury. Maryland’s +6 turnover margin ranks second in the Big Ten Conference. Last season, Maryland committed 19 turnovers in 13 games and had a -7 turnover margin.

8 - Junior DJ Moore caught his eighth touchdown pass of the season against Indiana two weekends ago - a mark that is tied for the Big Ten Conference lead. His eight touchdown catches (with three different quarterbacks) is tied for fourth-most in a single-season in program history with Dan Bungori (1971). Torrey Smith is the all-time leader with 12. Moore also ranks fourth in Maryland history with 17 career touchdown receptions.

8 - Sophomore quarterback Ryan Brand came on in relief of the injured Max Bortenschlager late against Rutgers last weekend and completed 8-of-12 passes for 68 yards. Brand nearly tied the game on a fourth quarter drive late in the game, but his game-tying touchdown pass to Taivon Jacobs was called back due to holding.

8 - Junior DJ Moore posted eight catches against Rutgers, including six in the fourth quarter, to move into sole possession of eighth place in Maryland history at 125 career catches. Moore is also in range of the single-season reception mark of 77 held by Geroy Simon since 1994. Moore currently ranks eighth in program single-season history with 59 receptions. Moore has received a catch from four different quarterbacks this season, and eight in his career.

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. Seven of those 10 players have started at least 15 games in their career.

30 - Wide receiver DJ Moore currently leads the Big Ten Conference with a reception in 30 straight games. Remarkably, Moore has received a pass from eight different quarterbacks during the streak due to various injuries. His catch streak matches Torrey Smith’s 30-game reception streak from 2008-10.

BY THE NUMBERS: DEFENSE/ST

0.67 - The Terps rank second in the Big Ten Conference with a +0.67/g turnover margin (+6), after winning the turnover battle against Rutgers, 2-1. Maryland has lost the turnover battle in just one of its nine games. Overall, the Terps have intercepted 10 passes and forced 11 fumbles (five lost) against just six interceptions and three lost fumbles (13-8). Last season, the Terps lost the turnover battle, 19-12, over the course of 13 games.

- Senior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. needs just one more tackle to reach 300 for his career. Carter would be the first Terp to achieve the feat since Demetrius Hartsfield had 339 from 2009-12. Carter currently leads the team with 59 tackles. He is looking to become just the fifth Maryland player to lead the team in tackles in three consecutive seasons 1969, joining Alex Wujciak (2008-10), D’Qwell Jackson (2003-05), E.J. Henderson (2000-02) and Ratcliff Thomas (1993-95).

6 - Senior Jermaine Carter, Jr. has totaled 6.0 tackles for loss this season, including 2.0 TFLs in the win over Indiana two weekends ago. Carter now has 29.0 tackles for loss in his career, which ranks 13th in pogram history. Carter needs 3.0 more TFLs to crack Maryland’s top-10 in the category. Carter has also forced three fumbles this season, which is tied for the lead in the Big Ten. It marks the most forced fumbles in a season for a Maryland player since current Pittsburgh Steeler Sean Davis had five in 2015.

7 - Maryland’s special teams unit is now ranked 7th in the country and leads the Big Ten Conference with a 72.0 efficiency rating according to ESPN - a mark that was bolstered against Indiana with a blocked punt touchdown and a blocked PAT. Darnell Savage’s blocked punt and 16-yard touchdown return helped spark a comeback for the Terps against the Hoosiers. The Terps currently rank in the top-3 in the Big Ten in both punt return average (12.6/r) and kick return average (24.2/r).

10 - The Maryland defense posted its 10th interception of the season, as Antoine Brooks, Jr. intercepted Giovanni Rescigno on the final play of the first half against Rutgers last weekend. Brooks now has two picks on the season. The Terps are on pace for about 13 interceptions this season, which would be the most for the defense since totaling 19 in the 2010 season.

41 - Sophomore Antoine Brooks, Jr. has been a revelation for the Terps on defense in his second season, leading the team in solo stops (41) and tackles for loss (7.5). Brooks has starred at the nickelback position all season and has had a penchant for making big plays, including his blocked field goal touchdown return against Texas in the season-opener.

73 - The Maryland defense held Indiana to just 73 rushing yards in the victory two weekends ago, marking the fourth time this season the Terps have held their opponent under 100 rushing yards. Maryland has won all four games this season when holding its opponent under 100 rushing yards (Texas, Towson, Minnesota, Indiana). Statisically, the Terps have improved immensely in the run defense category, from allowing 214.8 rushing yards/g in 2016 to 174.8/g in 2017.

531 - Junior Ty Johnson currently leads the Big Ten Conference with 531 total kick return yards. After being avoided on kickoffs in the previous two games, Johnson returned a pair of kicks for 37 yards against Rutgers. Johnson’s returning prowess was highlighted by a 100-yard kickoff return against then-No. 10 Ohio State. Johnson has done it all for the Terps, ranking third in the Big Ten and 14th nationally with 150.5 all-purpose yards/g. He currently ranks 15th in Maryland history with 2,899 career all-purpose yards.

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