Nov. 3, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Postgame notes following Maryland's 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon.
Kicking Off: Maryland dropped below .500 for the first time this season with its 33-13 loss ... the Terps are now 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the ACC, while Georgia Tech improved to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the league ... Georgia Tech owns a 15-6 advantage in the all-times series and has taken five of the last six from Maryland.
First-Time Starters: Entering Saturday's game, Maryland was tied for fifth nationally with 17 players having drawn their first career start this season. The Terrapins added to that tally as Shawn Petty made his first career start at quarterback.
Three Starting QBs: With Shawn Petty drawing the start, Maryland has seen three different quarterbacks start a game this season (also Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe). It's the first time that Maryland has had three different starting QBs in a season since 1973, when Ben Kinard, Bob Avellini and Al Neville did it.
Petty's TD: When Shawn Petty hit Stefon Diggs for a 16-yard touchdown in the third quarter, it represented the fourth quarterback that has accounted for a touchdown this season for the Terps. Perry Hills passed for eight and ran for three, Devin Burns ran for one, and Caleb Rowe passed for two.
Diggs Gets Receiving TDs #5 & 6: Stefon Diggs caught his fifth and sixth touchdown passes of the season, passing Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006) and Sean Sullivan (1983) for the freshman receiving touchdowns record at Maryland. With 55 receiving yards, Diggs now has 721 this season. That's also a Maryland freshman record and ranks 11th overall.
Diggs' All-Purpose Yards: Stefon Diggs came into Saturday's game ranked second in the ACC and ninth nationally with 169.25 all-purpose yards per game. Against Georgia Tech, he totaled 220 yards (133 kickoff return, 14 punt return, 55 receiving, 18 rushing) and is now averaging 174.9 yards per game. That currently ranks first all-time in the ACC among freshmen. Now with 1,774 on the year, Diggs also passed Torrey Smith for the Maryland freshman record and is third overall. He trails just LaMont Jordan (1,840 in 1999) and Torrey Smith (2,192 in 2009).
Defensive Notes: Cole Farrand had a career-high 10 tackles and matched his career high with six solo stops ... Demetrius Hartsfield had all nine of his tackles in the first half ... A.J. Francis was credited with his third field goal block of the year and also added six tackles ... Darius Kilgo had a career-high seven tackles ... Quinton Jefferson forced and recovered the first fumble of his career.