Oct. 11, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Notes following Wake Forest's 42-32 win over Maryland.
Series: With the Demon Deacons win, Maryland now owns a 41-16-1 advantage in the series against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have won the last two in Winston-Salem, but still trails Maryland 20-8-1 at home.
Smith Sets One Mark, Nearly Two: WR/KR Torrey Smith entered the day tied for 16th all-time in ACC history with 1,732 career kickoff return yards. Smith's first return of the day went for 85 yards, and he totaled a career-high 194 yards on six returns for the game. He now has 1,926 yards in his career, which is good for eighth place in ACC history. He nearly set the Maryland record for career kickoff returns for touchdowns on the 85-yard return, but was tripped up at the Wake Forest 15-yard line. Smith and four others have two career kickoff returns for scores. The sophomore also hauled in a career-high 10 passes. Smith posted 267 all-purpose yards, the second-highest total of his career.
Turner Goes For 300: QB Chris Turner passed for 307 yards against Wake, the fourth 300-yard passing game of his career. He ranks second among active ACC quarterbacks, behind Thaddeus Lewis of Duke, who has six. That mark also ranks tied for third in school history with John Kaleo (1991-92). It was also Turner's highest output since he went for 360 yards against Boston College on 11-29-08. Turner also matched his career high with three TD passes and now has 29 in his career. He moved from a tie for fifth on the Maryland career list into sole possession of fourth place.
Ferrara Does It All: Nick Ferrara was again responsible for all phases of the kicking game, and had another productive day. A week after being named ACC co-Specialist of the Week, Ferrara averaged 38.8 yards on four punts. He also nailed a career-long 50-yard field goal, the longest since Nick Novak hit a 54-yarder vs. Duke on 10-11-03. Ferrara also remained perfect on PAT's this season, hitting all three of his attempts.
Cannon Hauls In Two: Junior WR Adrian Cannon caught a career-best two touchdown passes on the evening, marking the second time this season a Terrapin WR has had a two-TD game. Torrey Smith was the first, accomplishing the feat against MTSU on Sept. 19.
Porzel the Eighth: Caleb Porzel, who missed the first five games of the season due to a quad injury suffered during preseason camp, became the eighth true freshman to play for the Terps this season. Porzel rushed three times against Wake Forest. He joined LB Darin Drakeford, PK Nick Ferrara, OL Bennett Fulper, DL Zachariah Kerr, DL Isaiah Ross, LB Avery Murray and LB Ryan Donohue as true freshmen to see action this year.
Wujciak On Average: Alex Wujciak came into the game averaging 10.4 tackles-per-game, which ranks first in the ACC and tied 18th nationally. He also ranks first in the NCAA (FBS) on the active career tackles-per-game list (10.3). Wujciak led the Terps with 11 tackles (nine solo, two assisted) in the game.
Third Down Improvement: The Terps started the game converting just 3 of their first 12 third down opportunities. However they converted their final five attempts to finish 8 of 17.
In the Zone: The Terps have been one of the better teams in the conference in the red zone (inside 20-yard line). They entered the game ranked fourth (9 of 10) in that category and were a perfect 4-for-4 (all TDs) vs. Wake Forest.
Tidbits: Richard Taylor got in on the first TFL of his career, combining with Adrian Moten to stop Brandon Pendergrass six yards behind the line... sophomore LB Ben Pooler made the first sack of his career, dropping QB Riley Skinner for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter.
The Long Ball: The Terps matched a season-best with five offensive plays of 20 or more yards. Four Terps also made the longest receptions of their careers: Gary Douglas - 50, Ronnie Tyler - 49, Kerry Boykins - 24, Tommy Galt - 21
Remembering `Mr'Maryland': The Maryland Terrapin lost a close friend earlier this week when Jack Heise passed away suddenly. The Terps honored his memory this evening by donning an emblem with the initials JH on each player's helmet.