Postgame Notes: Maryland vs. Florida State
Sept. 14, 2002
* The University of Maryland football team fell to 1-2 (0-1 ACC) in tonight's 37-10 loss to the Florida State Seminoles. The fifth-ranked Seminoles are now 3-0 (2-0 ACC) on the season.
* Florida State now leads the all-time series 13-0.
* Tonight's loss breaks a string of eight straight wins at Byrd Stadium by the Terrapins. The string was the longest by the Terps since the 1974 and 75 seasons and the second-longest since Maryland ran off 25 straight wins in the early to mid '50s.
* Maryland had what would have been its first touchdown of the evening -- a 61-yard run by senior Chris Downs early in the second quarter -- called back due to a penalty (chop block). The TD would have cut the Seminole lead to seven points at 13-6.
* Chris Downs had a solid night in his second career start. He finished with a team-high 50 yards on 12 carries, caught a career-high five passes for 33 yards, added a touchdown and would have had another for 61 yards had it not been called back.
* Leon Joe had a solid outing in his second game of the season recording a game high of 11 tackles (unofficial), falling one short of his career best of 12 set against Clemson in 2000.
* Brooks Barnard continued to show signs that he is getting over the injured ankle that plagued him early this season. Against FSU, the senior punted six times for a 47.5-yard average including four punts of over 50 yards and one which was downed inside the one-yard line.
* E.J. Henderson notched 10 tackles (unofficial), marking the 18th time in his career he has reached double figures in total stops.
* Florida State's 30-0 halftime lead was largely due to Maryland mistakes. A total of 21 Seminole points came off of Terrapin turnovers and another three points came after a blocked field goal attempt by Nick Novak.
* The blocked field goal by FSU was the first against the Terps this year and first by a Maryland opponent since last year's Eastern Michigan game (Sept. 8, 2001).
* Tonight's attendance was 51,758, the sixth-largest crowd in Maryland history. In Ralph Friedgen's tenure at Maryland, the Terps have seen two of the top six crowds in school history (last year's Clemson crowd of 52,462 was the fourth-largest crowd ever at Byrd) and two of Maryland's last three crowds dating back to last season have been over 50,000.