Maryland Wins Opener Over Villanova 31-14

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Sept. 1, 2007

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Postgame Notes

For Openers: Maryland's 31-14 victory over Villanova gives the Terps a 70-43-2 record in season openers. The Terrapins are 5-2 in season openers under head coach Ralph Friedgen and have won each of their last four. Maryland is now 55-26-1 in season openers at home.

Home Cooking: Maryland has won six of its last seven games at home. The Terrapins are now 31-8 under Friedgen.

Offensive Machine: Maryland has now recorded over 400 yards of total offense in back-to-back games, extending back to the Terps' 24-7 win over Purdue in the Champs Sports Bowl last season. Prior to the game against Purdue, the Terps had not totaled 400 yards of total offense since they racked up 524 in a win (33-30) over North Carolina in 2005.

Rushing Attack: Maryland recorded 221 yards rushing, the team's most since the Terps ran for 250 yards against Virginia on Oct. 1 2005. Maryland topped 200 yards rushing only twice (William & Mary, Purdue) last season.

Series record: Maryland has now won nine consecutive games versus Villanova for a 9-2 record.

Keon hits 1,000: Keon Lattimore opened his senior year with a bang, breaking the 1,000 yard mark with 106 rushing and three touchdowns. It was the third highest total on the ground for Lattimore in his career. He had 119 yards against Wake Forest last season, and 114 against Virginia earlier in the year. He also caught six passes for 33 yards, giving him a total of 139 in the game. (151 career high against UVA)

Sacks: Maryland tied last year's season high of four sacks (vs. NC State). Dre Moore had a pair of sacks for 13 yards, setting a new career high for sacks in a game. The senior had 3.5 sacks all of last season.

Steffy's debut: In his first game as a collegiate starter, Jordan Steffy completed 19 of 24 passes for 174 yards and one interception. The junior's debut was the most efficient effort by a Maryland quarterback starting his first career game since Brian Cummings completed 83 percent of his passes in a 1995 win over Tulane to open the year. He rushed for a 10-yard TD with 12:46 to play in the fourth quarter.

Steffy also ran for 47 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Steffy's predecessor, Sam Hollenbach rushed for more than 45 yards only once in his more than two-year career.

Baltz gets the nod: When punter Travis Baltz entered the game in the second quarter, he became the second true freshman to start a game for the Terps, (Jeremy Navarre in 2005).

Philistin's debut: Dave Philistin, who has appeared in the Terrapins last 23 games as a reserve, earned his first start Saturday at the Mike linebacker spot and responded with a pass break-up, three tackles, including one for a loss in the first half.

Heyward-Bey: The sophomore sensation picked up where he left off last season catching six passes for 81 yards, the third highest total of his career. Heyward-Bey twice went over 100 yards receiving last season en route to earning freshman All-American honors.

Henderson: With his older brother E.J. watching from the sidelines, Erin had 2 PBU, and nine total tackles, including one tackle for loss.

Fokou: Moise Fokou, who appeared in 13 games as a reserve last season, made his starting debut at the Sam spot and recorded five tackles, including one sack. He twice had five stops a year ago, and had a career-high of 10 twice as a freshman at Frostburg State.

Egekeze: First career field goal was a long one, as Obi Egekeze connected from 42 yards out. He finished the game 4-of-4 on PATs.

Starting streaks continue: Several Terps extended their starting streaks in the game. Safety Christian Varner has started a Terrapin-high 23 straight games, and 24 of the past 25 games. LEO Trey Covington has started 22 of the past 23 games, and Andrew Crummey has started 24 of the past 25. Crummey has now started 28 games in his career, a high among current players.

Barnes: Starting in the first game of his collegiate career, Kevin Barnes had his first interception, which he returned for 28 yards.

Attendance: 50,389 fans packed into Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium for Saturday's game. Maryland students accounted for 11,000 spectators, more than any single-game total last season.