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Game Preview: #12 Penn State at Maryland

Maryland Athletics
11-21-2017
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#12 PSU (7-2, 4-2 B1G)
Penn State at Maryland
MARYLAND (4-7, 2-6 B1G)
November 25, 2017 || Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium || 3:30 pm

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Maryland football team is set to celebrate ‘Senior Day’ as it hosts No. 12 Penn State in College Park for the first time since 1993 Saturday at 3:30 pm on Big Ten Network. It also marks the first time the teams have met as Big Ten foes at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, as the teams squared off in Baltimore two years ago.

In snowy conditions at Michigan State last weekend, the Terrapin defense allowed the Spartans to complete just 2-of-14 passes for 20 yards. It marked the fewest passing yards for an opponent since holding Ohio to 10 passing yards on Sept. 6, 1997, and the fewest completions since holding Georgia Tech to two on Nov. 3, 2012.

The Maryland defense had held three consecutive opponents under 10 pass completions: at Rutgers (8), Michigan (9) and at Michigan State (2). The Terps have allowed just 272 passing yards during that span (90.7/g). The last time Maryland held three opponents in a season (not consecutive games) to less than 10 completions was 1996.

Junior DJ Moore, who currently leads the Big Ten Conference with 72 receptions, needs six catches to break the single-season Maryland record for receptions set in 1994 by Geroy Simon (77). Moore, who also leads the conference in TD catches (8) and reception yards (933), has remarkably caught a pass from four different quarterbacks this season due to injuries.

Maryland is set to face its sixth opponent ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 this season (at the time of the game) - the most in a season for the Terps since 1992. The Terps have played the toughest schedule to date with its opponents posting a .667 win percentage (64-32 overall), and are on pace to play the toughest schedule in the country with its cumulative opposition currently posting a 73-34 record (.682).

Head coach DJ Durkin and the Maryland football program will be honoring 19 seniors for its annual ‘Senior Day’ this weekend. Among the seniors is middle linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr., who is poised to become just the fifth player since 1969 to lead Maryland in tackles three straight seasons, joining Alex Wujciak (2008-10), D’Qwell Jackson (2003-05), E.J. Henderson (2000-02), and Ratcliff Thomas (1993-95).

Parking

  • Parking for the Penn State game is sold out for all of the lots on campus. 
  • We recommend fans park at the College Park Metro and take the campus shuttle to the game.  It is $15 to park at the Metro and the shuttle is free.  The shuttle will drop off near the north side of the stadium.  The shuttle will start running three hours prior to kickoff and will drop off up to an hour after the game.  

A.J. Francis Canned Food Drive!

  • Former defensive lineman and current NFL player A.J. Francis is back for his annual canned food drive prior to this weekend's game against Penn State!
  • Francis will be collective canned good from 2 pm to the end of the first quarter at Gates C, F and I!

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. 
  • Lockers will be available for purchase on Fieldhouse Drive between Cole Field House and Riggs Alumni Center for $10/locker.
  • 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

1 - Junior wide receiver Jahrvis Davenport and true freshman right tackle Marcus Minor both earned their first career starts last weekend at Michigan State. Minor became the second true freshman to start for the Terps this season, joining quarterback Kasim Hill, who started against both Towson and UCF earlier in the season.

3 - Junior wide receiver DJ Moore is looking to become just the third player in Maryland history to record 1,000 receving yards in a season, joining an illustrious list that includes only Marcus Badgett (1,240 - 1992) and Torrey Smith (1,055 - 2010). Moore’s 1,927 career receiving yards ranks sixth in Maryland history.

4 - Maryland is one of four programs to win a game with three different starting quarterbacks this season, including 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.

- Senior wide receiver Taivon Jacobs has scored a touchdown in four of his last six games. Over his last three games, Jacobs has totaled 18 catches for 227 yards. It has been a spectacular season for Jacobs, who has posted single-season career-highs in yards (520), receptions (43) and touchdowns (5). Jacobs’ brother, Levern, finished his career seventh in history with 130 catches, but never had five touchdown catches in a season.

7 - Sophomore running back Lorenzo Harrison has rushed for at least 50 yards in five consecutive weeks, including a season-high 81 yards two weekends ago against Michigan. Harrison has totaled 322 rushing yards over his last five games (64.4 yds/g) after posting just 240 yards in the first six weeks (40.0/g) to open the season.

8 - Junior DJ Moore moved into fifth in Maryland career receptions with Darrius Heyward-Bey (138) after hauling in eight passes at Michigan State despite snowy conditions. Moore, who currently ranks third in single-season history with 72 catches, needs just six catches to break Geroy Simon’s record of 77 catches set in 1994. Moore has received a catch from four different quarterbacks this season, and eight in his career.

10 - Junior DJ Moore is currently tied for the Big Ten Conference lead with eight touchdown catches. His eight touchdown catches (with three different quarterbacks) is tied for fourth-most in a single-season in program history with Dan Bungori (1971). Current Philadelphia Eagles receiver Torrey Smith is the all-time leader with 12. Moore also ranks fourth in Maryland history with 17 career touchdown receptions.

11 - The Terps have done well taking care of the ball in 2017, turning the ball over just 12 times through 11 games despite starting four different quarterbacks due to injury. Maryland’s +4 turnover margin ranks second in the Big Ten Conference. Last season, Maryland committed 19 turnovers in 13 games and had a -7 turnover margin.

31 - Wide receiver DJ Moore currently leads the Big Ten Conference with a reception in 32 straight games. Remarkably, Moore has received a pass from eight different quarterbacks during the streak due to various injuries. The mark is the 13th-longest streak in the nation.

BY THE NUMBERS: DEFENSE/ST

0.36 - The Terps rank second in the Big Ten Conference with a +0.36/g turnover margin (+4), having lost the turnover battle in just two of 10 games. Overall, the Terps have intercepted 10 passes and forced 12 fumbles (six lost) against just eight interceptions and four lost fumbles (16-12). Last season, the Terps lost the turnover battle, 19-12, over the course of 13 games.

4 - Senior Jermaine Carter, Jr., forced his fourth fumble of the season against Michigan State last weekend. The mark ranks fourth nationally and tied for first in the Big Ten Conference. Carter is just the sixth Terrapin since 1987 to force four fumbles in a season, and the first since Sean Davis, who had five in 2015.

4 - The Maryland defense is a perfect 4-0 this season when holding its opponents 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 182.2/g in 2017.

6 - Senior Jermaine Carter, Jr. has totaled 6.0 tackles for loss this season, including 2.0 TFLs in the win over Indiana recently. Carter now has 29.0 tackles for loss in his career, which ranks 13th in program history. Carter needs 3.0 more TFLs to crack Maryland’s top-10 in the category.

8 - Maryland’s special teams unit is now ranked eighth in the country and ranks first in the Big Ten Conference with a 66.8 efficiency rating according to ESPN. Maryland currently leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th nationally with four blocked kicks this season. The Terps also rank in the top-4 in the Big Ten in both punt return average (11.2/r) and kick return average (23.2/r).

8.5 - Sophomore Antoine Brooks, Jr. has been fantastic for the Terps on defense in his second season, leading the team in tackles for loss (8.5) and solo tackles (71). 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.

12 - Senior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. notched a season-high 12 tackles last weekend against Michigan State which brought him to 318 career tackles. He is the first Terp to record that many career tackles since Demetrius Hartsfield had 339 from 2009-12. Carter currently leads the team with 79 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).

576 - Junior Ty Johnson currently ranks second in the Big Ten Conference with 576 total kick return yards. Johnson has largely been avoided as of late, returning just four kicks in the past five games. Johnson’s returning prowess was highlighted by a 100-yard kickoff return against then-No. 10 Ohio State. The star running back has done it all for the Terps, ranking fourth in the Big Ten with 131.0 all-purpose yards/g. He currently ranks 12th in Maryland history with 3,136 career all-purpose yards.

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