Postgame Notes: Maryland vs. Georgia Tech
Oct. 17, 2002
* The University of Maryland football team improved to 5-2 overall and evened its Atlantic Coast Conference record at 1-1 in tonight's 34-10 win over Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets fall to 4-3 (1-3 ACC). Maryland has now won four straight games.
* The win marked the first time in the history of the all-time series between the two schools that Maryland has won two consecutive games. Overall, the series still stands in Georgia Tech's favor as it holds a 10-5 advantage.
* The Terrapins came alive in the third quarter of tonight's game. At the half, Maryland had been outgained by a 241-140 margin with Tech outgaining it 149-33 on the ground. In the third quarter, the Terps outgained the Yellow Jackets 209-46 overall and 123-5 on the ground.
* After rushing for 33 yards in the entire first half, the Terrapins opened the second half with a drive of 76 yards keyed by 54 rushing yards by Chris Downs. Downs capped the drive with his seventh rushing touchdown of the year, a 15-yarder that came on his fifth carry of the drive. Downs now has five more touchdowns (nine) this year than he had career carries (four) coming into the '02 season.
* Downs finished the game with 212 yards on 26 carries with three touchdowns. The 212 yards gave Downs the 12th best rushing performance in Terrapin history. The 100-yard performance was the second of his career and the third consecutive game that a Terp has hit the century mark.
* In the third quarter alone, Downs had 14 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
* Downs has scored at least one touchdown in each of the six games he has played this season. LaMont Jordan (1999) was the last Terrapin to score at least one TD in six straight games.
* Senior WR Scooter Monroe had a career-high in receptions (5) and yards (106). The 100-yard receiving day was the first by a Terrapin since Jason Hatala had three receptions for 129 yards vs. Duke on October 4, 1997. The drought lasted a span of 58 games.
* Before tonight's performances by Downs and Monroe, the last time the Terps had a 100 yard rusher and receiver in the same game was on Sept. 23, 1995 when Jermaine Lewis hauled in 205 yards receiving and Buddy Rodgers rushed for 103 yards in the 41-28 win over Duke.
* Scott McBrien finished the evening 11-of-19 for 198 yards with no TDs or interceptions. It marked the fourth straight game that McBrien has gone without an interception. The junior left the game at the end of the third quarter after being poked in the eye, but returned with just over eight minutes remaining in the game.
* The Terrapins started a season-low six seniors and a season-high seven sophomores.
* Tonight's attendance was 41,766. In four home games to date this season, Maryland has averaged 46,355 fans per contest.