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Postgame Notes
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 09/07/2002

Sept. 7, 2002

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* The University of Maryland football team got its first win of the young season, handing the University of Akron a 44-14 loss. The win moves Maryland to 1-1 (0-0 ACC) on the season and the Zips to 0-2 (0-0 MAC).

* Maryland is now 53-26-1 all-time in home openers.

* The Terps have now won eight straight games at Byrd Stadium dating back to last season.

* Maryland's first score of the year came just 4:58 into the game as Scott McBrien took it in from two yards out. The rushing TD was the first of McBrien's career (Maryland or West Virginia). McBrien's first passing touchdown as a Terrapin came on the ensuing drive as he hit redshirt freshman Derrick Fenner for eight yards. It was Fenner's first collegiate reception and touchdown.

* Steve Suter's first career touchdown came on an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter. The return gave the Terps a 21-7 lead and was the first punt returned for a TD by a Terrapin since Jermaine Lewis returned one 66 yards versus NC State on November 4, 1995. Suter finished with 112 return yards, falling 34 yards short of the Maryland record of 146 set in 1950.

* More firsts: Chris Downs (first career start, first career touchdown); Latrez Harrison (first career start at WR, first career reception); Jo Jo Walker (first career reception); Madieu Williams (first -- and second -- interception as a Terp); Chris Downs (first career reception); Jamahl Cochran (first career sack - unofficial).

* In his first game at Byrd Stadium, junior safety Madieu Williams pulled down the team's first two interceptions of the season. The feat marked the first time a Terp had made two picks in a game since Shawn Forte intercepted two against Florida State on November 13, 1999, a span of 37 games.

* E.J. Henderson's interception on the first offensive play of the second half was the second interception of his career. The first came in last year's Clemson game (11-10-01). Henderson finished the game with 4 tackles (unofficial), 1 TFL and an interception.

* Henderson's tackle for loss marked the 45th of his career at Maryland. That total ties him for first all-time on the school list with recently-departed linebacker Aaron Thompson (1998-2001).

* After missing his first attempt of the evening, Nick Novak went on to have a strong night. The sophomore kicked 3 field goals, including a career-long tying 51 yarder early in the fourth quarter.

* Maryland went turnover free for the first time since Nov. 3, 2001 against Troy State. The four turnovers (3 INT's and 1 fumble recovery) were the most for the Terps since they picked off four passes against Clemson on Nov. 10, 2001.

* The defense has allowed just two touchdowns--both in tonight's game-- in eight quarters this year.

* Tonight's attendance was 48,057, which is the fourth-largest home opener crowd in Maryland history. That figure marks the highest attendance in a home opener for Maryland since it drew 50,750 versus Penn State in the 1985 opener at Byrd.

* Akron set a record for most penalites for a Terp opponent. The Zips had 16 penalites totaling 132 yards.

* Freshman Mario Merrills came on strong late in the game to lead the Terps in rushing with 79 yards on 17 carries.



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