Maryland Defeats Florida International, 26-10, in Miami
Sept. 8, 2007
On the Road: Maryland improved to 4-3 in road openers under Coach Ralph Friedgen. The Terps have won three of their past four games on the road stretching back to last season.
Series record: Maryland improved to 2-0 all-time against FIU. The Terps won the first meeting between the two schools last season 14-10 on 9/23/2006 in Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.
Non-Conference: With the win, the Terps have won 12 of their last 15 games versus non-conference opponents.
Driving: Between the season-opening win over Villanova and tonight's game, Maryland scored on five consecutive drives quarterbacked by Jordan Steffy. Steffy left the Villanova game after three straight touchdown drives and led the Terps to scores on his first two drives tonight against the Golden Panthers.
Lattimore Rolling: With five touchdowns on the season, running back Keon Lattimore has now eclipsed his season total from each of the last two seasons (three).
Lattimore, who finished with 111 yards on 12 carries, including 89 in the first quarter, became the first Terrapin back to open the season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since Bruce Perry did it in Maryland's ACC Championship season in 2001. Lattimore now has four career 100-yard rushing games (119 vs. Wake Forest and 114 vs. Virginia in 2006, 106 vs. Villanova in 2007)
Prior to Saturday's game, Lance Ball was the last Maryland player to record back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances when he did it in three straight games in 2005 (at Florida State, at North Carolina, Boston College).
In his last four games, stretching back to last season, Lattimore has rushed for 421 yards (119 vs. Wake Forest, 85 vs. Purdue, 106 vs. Villanova, and 111 vs. FIU.
Safety: The Terps' first-quarter safety was Maryland's first since 12/30/2002 when E.J. Henderson recorded a sack in the end zone against Wake Forest.
Booming Baltz: Punter Travis Baltz, a true freshman, has been stellar thus far in his brief Maryland career. After averaging 43.0 yards on two punts against Villanova, Baltz averaged 37.9 yards on nine punts against FIU, but pinned the Golden Panthers' inside their 20-yard-line on five of his nine kicks.
Terps Tough D: While the Terrapins have run over their last three opponents, their rushing defense has been just as stellar. The Terps have not allowed the opposing team to rush for 100 yards in any of the last three games (Purdue-21 yards, Villanova-12 yds, FIU-82 yds.).
Creating Takeaways: Kevin Barnes had his second interception of the season late in the fourth quarter, following his pick in the season-opener last week. Paired with the interception early in the game by Adrian Moten, the Terps have three picks in the opening two games. Maryland had eight interceptions in 13 games last season. The last time Maryland intercepted two passes in a game was at home against NC State on 10/21/2006.
Starting Streaks Continue: Several Terps extended starting streaks in the game. Safety Christian Varner has started a Terrapin-high 24 straight games and 25 of the past 26 games. LEO Trey Covington has started 23 of the past 24 games, and Andrew Crummey has started 25 of the past 26. Crummey has now started 29 games in his Maryland career, a high among current players.