Sept. 26, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Postgame notes following Maryland's 34-13 loss to Rutgers.
Do-It-All Smith: Sophomore WR Torrey Smith had yet another huge game for the Terps and a record-setting day. Smith returned his first kickoff 24 yards, which gave him the Maryland school record for career kick return yards. Needing just nine yards to surpass Keeta Covington (1,520 from 1983-86) for the record, Smith finished the day with 120 giving him 1,632 for his career. He also made a number of big plays, including a 45-yard reception, and totaled 112 yards on 4 catches for the game.
Turner Now 3rd All-Time: Due to a statistical change from the California game (9/5), Chris Turner entered today with 5,174 career passing yards, which ranks third in Maryland history. He finished today's game with 271 yards, bringing his total to 5,445. Turner now trails only Boomer Esiason (6,259 career yards) and Scott Milanovich (7,301 yards).
Scott Climbing: Although Da'Rel Scott rushed for just 22 yards against Rutgers, he moved up one spot on the Maryland career rushing yards chart. Scott now has 1,565 yards in his career, which ranks 18th all-time.
Defensive Stops: Rutgers had two plays to get the ball into the end zone from a yard out in the third quarter, but the Maryland defense stopped them for no gain on third down (Terrell Skinner and Jared Harrell) and threw Rutgers for a 1-yard loss on fourth and goal (Adrian Moten, Alex Wujciak). The defense came up with big stops all night, allowing Rutgers to amass just 95 yards of total offense in the first half and 249 in the game, marking a season-best and the lowest since the Terps shut out Wake Forest 26-0 last October 18, when they allowed 219 total yards.
Ferrara Punts and Kicks: After All-ACC punter Travis Baltz left the game with a sprained ankle, freshman Nick Ferrara handled kickoff, place-kicking and punting duties. He hit two field goals (38, 34 yards) and averaged 29.5 yards on two punts, putting one inside the 20.
Getting Involved: Ten different Terps caught at least one pass today. Adrian Cannon had five receptions for 44 yards, Torrey Smith had 112 yards on four catches, Lansford Watson had three for 20 yards, Ronnie Tyler caught two for 31 yards, Tommy Galt had two catches for 14; and LaQuan Williams, Matt Furstenburg, Quintin McCree, Gary Douglas and Da'Rel Scott each had one catch. Douglas and Furstenburg had the first catches of their career.
Wujciak Sets Career-High: Alex Wujciak set a career-high with 17 tackles against the Scarlet Knights. His previous career-high was 16, achieved last season against Clemson.