Terps Hold Off Yellow Jackets, 28-26
Oct. 6, 2007
Series Record: Maryland improved to 6-13 against Georiga Tech in the all-time series, and 5-4 in College Park. The Maryland win snapped a three game winning streak for Tech in the series.
Terps at home: Maryland has won seven of its last nine at home. The Terps are 32-9 at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium in Friedgen's six-plus seasons. Friedgen has directed the Terps to two undefeated home seasons (7-0 in 2001; 6-0 in 2003).
Dependable Darrius: Sophomore wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has caught a pass in each of the Terps' last 18 games, the longest active streak on the team. Heyward-Bey had four catches for 109 yards in the game, going over 100 yards receiving for the third time in his career. (2006 - vs. Georgia Tech - 111, vs. Miami - 175).
Philistin steps up: Linebacker Dave Philistin led the team in tackles with a career-high 21. It marked the second straight game that he had set a new career record, after he totaled 11 against Rutgers. Linebacker Erin Henderson, who missed the game due to injury, had led the team in stops in each of the first five games. Philistin's 21 stops today was the most for a Terrapin since Eric Barton tallied 22 in 1998 against North Carolina.
Turner gets the nod: In his first career start, sophomore quarterback Chris Turner threw for 255 yards against Georgia Tech on 10 of 17 passing. It wa s the most yards through the air by a Terrapin quarterback since Sam Hollenbach threw for 374 yards against North Carolina on Nov. 12, 2005.
Turner earned his first career start Saturday, one week after leading Maryland to an upset if then No. 10 Rutgers. Turner threw for 149 yards on 14 of 20 passing, and was named ACC Co-Offensive Back of the Week for his performance against the Scarlet Knights.
The 78-yard touchdown pass from Turner to reserve tight end Jason Goode was the first career score for each player. It was also the longest career play for each. Goode's previous career-long was a 57 yard reception against Clemson last year.
The Terps had pass completions of 78, 47, and 44 yards in the first half against Georgia Tech. Maryland's longest pass play on the year was 39 yards entering Saturday's game.
Quick starters: After jumping out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, Maryland has now outscored its opponents 50-16 in the opening quarter of games this season.
Starting streaks continue: Several Terps extended starting streaks in the game. Safety Christian Varner has started a team-high 27 straight games and 28 of the past 29 games. Linebacker Trey Covington has started 26 of the past 27 games, and Andrew Crummey has started 28 of the past 29. Crummey has now started 33 games in his Maryland career, a high among current players.
Henderson Out: One streak that did come to an end, belonged to Erin Henderson. The junior linebacker missed Saturday's game after having played in the Terrapins' previous 18 games, with 17 starts. Henderson, the Terps' active career leader in tackles with 169, has again led Maryland in stops in each of its first five games this season.
Ball leads the way: For the first time this season, a player other than Keon Lattimore led the Terps in rushing. Lance Ball totaled 86 yards rushing on 16 carries, making him the ninth Maryland back to reach 2,000 for his career. He stands at 2,066 for his career.
With three touchdowns on the ground, Ball moved into a tie for sixth place on the Maryland career list for rushing touchdowns with 21. He became the second Terrapin to score three touchdowns in a game (Lattimore, 3 vs. Villanova).