Sept. 19, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Postgame notes following Maryland's 32-31 loss to Middle Tennessee State.
Quick-Start Smith: As has been the theme this season, the Terps tried to get Torrey Smith involved early. Maryland's first offensive play of the game was a pass to Smith that went for 15 yards. Smith finished the night with 5 receptions for a career-high 165 yards and 2 touchdowns. That marked the most receiving yards by a Maryland player since Darrius Heyward-Bay had 175 against Miami on 11/11/06. Smith was also a key in the special teams game, totaling 109 yards on 6 kickoff returns. Over the past five games, he has racked up an average of 205 all-purpose yards per game, and against MTSU set a new career-high for all-purpose yards with 287.
Long Passing Plays: When QB Chris Turner hooked up with WR Torrey Smith for a 42-yard gain in the second quarter, it temporarily marked the longest passing play of the season for Maryland, Turner found Smith again in the second half for a 37-yard touchdown that extended Maryland's lead to 21-13. But the biggest play of all came in the fourth quarter with the Terps trailing 23-21. Turner aired it out down the left sideline, and Smith again made the catch, shook off a defender and made his way to the end zone for a 64-yard TD. Prior to today, the long passing play was a 29-yard pass to Smith in the season opener against California.
Turner Climbing Charts: Maryland senior QB Chris Turner threw for 288 yards against the Blue Raiders and passed Neil O'Donnell for fifth place and Sam Hollenbach for fourth place on the career passing yards list. Turner now has 5,165 passing yards in his career.
Scott Continues His Rise: Da'Rel Scott started the day just 62 yards behind Buddy Rodgers for 19th on the Maryland career rushing yards chart. It took him less than one quarter to surpass that, rushing for 72 yards before time expired in the first period. It was also the sixth 100-yard rushing game of Scott's career, moving him into a tie for fifth for most career 100-yard rushing games. He finished with 13 carries for 117 yards and one touchdown.
Third-Down Conversions: The Terps were just 10-for-31 (32.2%) on third down conversions entering today's contest. Against the Blue Raiders, Maryland improved on that average, going 7-for-16 (43.8%) on the day.
Defensive Pressure: Maryland came into today having totaled 6.0 TFL's and 2.0 sacks in the previous two games. Against MTSU, the defense totaled 10.0 TFL's for 53 yards, including 4.0 sacks for 45 yards.
Chism Comes Up Big: DB Cameron Chism, who made his first career start today in place of the injured Nolan Carroll, made his presence felt. The sophomore recorded a career high in tackles with 12, and made his first career interception in the first half. The pick was also Maryland's first of the season. Then, with 4:52 remaining in the game and Maryland clinging to a 31-29 lead, Chism stepped in front of another Dasher pass for his second interception of the game.