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Game Preview: UCF at Maryland

Maryland Athletics
9-19-2017
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UCF (1-0, 0-0 American)
UCF at Maryland
MARYLAND (2-0, 0-0 B1G)
September 23, 2017 || Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium || 3 pm

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Maryland is set to welcome UCF to College Park for the first time in history Saturday at 3 pm at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. It marks just the second meeting in history between the programs, as the Terps edged UCF, 30-24, in double overtime last year in Orlando. Then-true freshman quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome scored the walk-off touchdown with a 24-yard scamper.

Statistically speaking, Saturday’s matchup between Maryland and UCF pits the nation’s top-two scoring offenses against each other. The Terps are averaging 57 points after opening the season with back-to-back 50-point games for the first time in history, while UCF scored 61 points in its lone game of the season.

Junior running back Ty Johnson is looking to become just the third player in Maryland history to rush for at least 100 yards in five consecutive games. The Cumberland, Md., native would join an elite group that includes Steve Atkins (7 straight in 1978) and Bruce Perry (5 straight in 2001). Johnson has racked up 583 yards (145.8/g) during his four-game tear dating back to 2016, averaging 13.6 yards-per-carry during the span.

The Terrapins have won all five of their games in September over the last two seasons under head coach DJ Durkin, including an unblemished 5-0 record against non-conference foes (47.4 points/g during span). Durkin is the first Maryland coach to open a tenure with five consecutive non-conference wins since national title winning coach Jim Tatum over the course of 1947-48.

True freshman quarterback Kasim Hill impressed in his first collegiate start against Towson, completing 13-of-16 passes and tossing two touchdowns. His 81.3 completion percentage was the seventh-best in a single-game in Maryland history. Hill completed the first 11 attempts of his career and has yet to commit a turnover.

Maryland has been strong in the red zone defensively, allowing just two scores on five total red zone trips by opposing offenses (40%). The figure leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally.

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. 
  • Rent Daily Lockers for $10/day inside the Terp Zone of the Stamp Student Union. Easy access to the Terp Zone is available at the Stamp entrance along Fieldhouse Drive across from Maryland's Bob "Turtle" Smith Baseball Stadium. 
  • 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

4 - Junior running back Ty Johnson rushed for 124 yards on just five carries against Towson to notch his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game. Johnson became just the fourth Maryland player in history to achieve the feat, and is looking to join Steve Atkins (7 straight - 1978) and Bruce Perry (5 straight - 2001) as the only players to record five straight 100-yard rushing games.

9.1 - The Terrapins have been big play machines through their first two games, averaging 9.1 yards per play. Maryland followed an 8.3 yard/play game on the road against Texas by averaging 9.9 yards/play against Towson. Five different players have had rushes of at least 20 yards this season, including Ty Johnson, who has four rushes of 40+ yards.

11 - True freshman quarterback Kasim Hill opened his career with 11 consecutive pass completions, including a 3-for-3 performance in critical fourth quarter action at Texas. In his first collegiate start against Towson, Hill went 13-for-16 with 163 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. His 81.3 completion percentage was the 7th-highest in Maryland history (min. 10 attempts).

12 - Junior wide receiver D.J. Moore matched his career-high with two touchdown catches against Towson. The Philadelphia native now has 12 career touchdown receptions, moving him into a tie with Gary Collins (1959-61) for seventh in program history. Moore needs just one more touchdown catch to tie Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006-08) and Guilian Gary (1998-01) for fifth, and two touchdowns to tie Stefon Diggs (2012-14).

23 - Wide receiver D.J. Moore is currently tied for the Big Ten Conference lead with a reception in 23 straight games (Malik Turner - Illinois). It is the longest streak for a Maryland player since Torrey Smith finished his career with a 30-game reception streak from 2008-10. Moore currently has nine touchdown catches over his last 15 games.

63 - The Maryland offense exploded for 63 points against Towson, marking its most points scored in a game since a 74-13 defeat of Missouri in 1954. It it tied for the third most points scored by the Terps overall in team history. All 63 points were scored by way of touchdown, including a pair of Ty Johnson runs on the first play of a series.

315 - The Terrapin rushing offense has been tremendous so far, leading the Big Ten and ranking ninth nationally with 315.0 yards per game. While Ty Johnson has shouldered much of the yardage, Maryland has already had seven different players score a rushing touchdown through two games. The offensive line, meanwhile, has allowed just three sacks and ranks fifth nationally allowing only 3.0 tackles for loss per game.

BY THE NUMBERS: DEFENSE/ST

0 - The Maryland defense has been impressive against the run through its first two games, having yet to allow a team to rush for 100 yards in a game (Texas - 98, Towson - 99). The most rushing yards the Terps have allowed to an individual player this season was 52 to Towson quarterback Ryan Stover. The early success is a welcome sign of improvement for a unit that ranked 99th in rushing defense last season (214.8 yards/g).

2 - Junior safety Darnell Savage, Jr., notched the second interception of his career and first of the season against Towson. Savage returned the interception 75 yards for his first collegiate touchdown. Savage makes the most of his opportunities with the ball, totaling 105 return yards on his two career picks. He also had an INT return touchdown against Texas that was called back due to a penalty.

4.5 - The Maryland defense is having tremendous success getting to the quarterback thus far, ranking fourth nationally and leading the Big Ten with 4.5 sacks per game. The success has carried over from last season, when the Terps were second in the Big Ten in the category. Seven different players have recorded a sack for Maryland this season, as Jermaine Carter, Jr. has led the way with 2.5 sacks.

9 - Maryland’s 63-point effort against Towson meant a heavy workload for senior placekicker Henry Darmstadter in his first career action for the Terps. The graduate transfer from Georgetown knocked down all nine of his PAT attempts, which is a Maryland record. Darmstadter left Georgetown as the program’s career leader in field goal percentage and field goals made.

15 - Senior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr., who currently leads the Terps with 15 tackles on the season, has been a disruptive force in defensive backfields so far in 2017. Carter owns the Big Ten lead in both tackles for loss per game (1.8) and sacks per game (1.25). His sack total also ranks seventh nationally.

26.5 - Senior Jermaine Carter, Jr. has totaled 3.5 tackles for loss through the first two games, including 2.0 in the win over Texas. Carter now has 26.5 tackles for loss in his career, which ranks 15th in program history. Carter needs 5.5 more TFLs to crack Maryland’s top-10 in the category.

40 - The Maryland defense is holding opponents to scores on just 40 percent of their red zone chances (2-for-5). The mark ranks third nationally and leads the Big Ten Conference.

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