Maryland Game Notes Following 50-3 Football Win Over Eastern Michigan

Sept. 8, 2001

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland earned its largest margin of victory in five years, and limited its opponent to its fewest total yards in over 20 years on Saturday as the Terrapins outmanned Eastern Michigan 50-3. Here are game notes following the victory:

* Maryland moves to 2-0 (1-0 ACC) with tonight's 50-3 win over Eastern Michigan (1-1, 0-0 MAC). The Terps have now started 2-0 four times (1995, 1996, 1999 and 2001) in the last six years.

* The Terrapins held a 44-0 lead midway through the fourth quarter. That lead was the largest by a Maryland team since it held a 45-0 lead over North Carolina in the fourth quarter of an eventual 45-7 victory for the Terps in 1999. The Terrapins' 47-point margin of victory was the school's best since a 52-0 home win over Wake Forest in 1996.

* The Terrapins limited Eastern Michigan to 124 yards of total offense, the fewest by a Maryland opponent since Virginia managed just 90 yards in 1980. It was the sixth time since 1980 that the Terps held an opponent under 200 yards in total offense: Virginia '80 (90 yards), Eastern Michigan '01 (124), Indiana State '82 (125), Wake Forest '96 (189), Virginia '81 (192), NC State '80 (194).

* Maryland's fumble lost in the fourth quarter was the team's first turnover of the season, snapping a streak of seven consecutive quarters without a turnover to start the season.

* Sophomore running back Bruce Perry carried 16 times for a career-high 133 yards, besting his 21-for-116 effort a week ago. Perry also rushed for three touchdowns, becoming the 13th player in Maryland history to carry into the endzone three times in the same game.

* With Perry's 100-yard performance, Maryland has had a 100-yard rusher in six of its last seven games dating back to last year (L. Jordan 3, Perry 2, M. Sikyala 1).

* Three Terps posted the top receiving games of their careers tonight -- senior Guilian Gary led the team with six receptions (ties career high) for 76 yards and a touchdown, sophomore Jafar WIlliams had a career-high four receptions for 28 yards, senior Daryl Whitmer had a career-high in receptions (three) and yards (69).

* Bruce Perry's seven-yard touchdown scamper was the first TD of his career. The run capped an 11-play, 62 yard drive (4:53) for Maryland to open play. Perry carried the load in the first quarter for Maryland, rushing nine times for 71 yards (7.9 ypc).

* Maryland opened the game with a pair of 62-yard touchdown drives. It is the first time the Terps opened a game with touchdown drives since last year's Wake Forest game (October 21, 2000).

* Sophomore LB Leon Joe's first quarterback sack was the first of his career as was LB Leroy Ambush's in the second quarter. Sophomore DT Tosin Abari later added his first career sack.

* CB Tony Okanlawon's second quarter interception was the third of his career and second in as many games this year.

* Senior PK Vedad Siljkovic's fourth quarter 44-yard field goal was the first of his career and the first made field goal of the season for the Terps.

* Today's attendance: 42,105. Maryland has had back-to-back home games over 40,000 in attendance for the first time since 1995. Maryland drew 44,080 last week against North Carolina for the Terps' 23-7 win over the Tar Heels. The last time over 40,000 visited Byrd Stadium for consecutive home games was Nov. 11, 1995 against Virginia (45,720) and Oct. 21, 1995 vs. Clemson (43,603).