Maryland Holds Off Nevada, 42-35, to Win Roady's Humanitarian Bowl
Dec. 30, 2008
Milestone Victory: With its win over Nevada in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Maryland earned the 600th win in its football program's history. In 115 seasons of football, the team stands 600-521-43 (.535).
Bowl Success: The Terps now have won four of their last five bowl games, outscoring their opponents 151-73 in the process. Tuesday's victory enabled Maryland to improve its all-time record in bowl games to 10-11-2.
Fridge Fever: Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen, who entered Tuesday's game already boasting more bowl wins than any coach in school history, improved to 4-2 in bowl games. Prior to Friedgen's arrival, Maryland made only one postseason appearance in the previous 15 years.
Eight is Great: The Terps now have won at least eight games in five of Friedgen's eight seasons.
Winning the Close Ones: A key to the Terps' success this season has been their ability to win close games. Maryland now stands 5-1 this season in games decided by seven points or less.
Day Trippers: The Terps now are 8-0 this season in games started during the day.
Great Scott: RB Da'Rel Scott capped his sophomore campaign by rushing for a Maryland bowl record 174 yards (all in the second half) on 14 carries (12.4 ypc), including touchdown runs of 49 and 2 yards in the fourth quarter, to earn Roady's Humanitarian Bowl MVP Award. With his long touchdown run, Scott became the seventh player in school history to rush for 1,000 in a season and the first since Chris Downs in 2002. Scott's performance marked his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season, which ties for the fourth-most in a single season by a Terp. Scott finished the season with 1,133 rushing yards - the seventh-high single-season total all-time at Maryland - and a team-best eight touchdowns.
MARYLAND'S 1,000-YARD RUSHERS Rk. Player (Class), Year Rushing Yards 1. LaMont Jordan (Jr.), 1999 1,632 2. Charlie Wysocki (Jr.), 1980 1,359 3. Steve Atkins (Sr.), 1978 1,261 4. Bruce Perry (So.), 2001 1,242 5. Chris Downs (Sr.), 2002 1,154 6. Charlie Wysocki (So.), 1979 1,140 7. Da'Rel Scott (So.), 2008 1,133 8. Willie Joyner (Jr.), 1982 1,039
Smith Becomes ACC's All-Time Best: With his career-long 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter, WR Torrey Smith became the ACC's all-time single-season leader in kickoff return yardage, surpassing the 1,065 kickoff return yards by Tijan Redmon of Duke in 1995. That return marked the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Maryland player in a bowl game, and it also set a Roady's Humanitarian Bowl record (previous record: 98 yards by Idaho's Jerome Thomas in 1998). Smith, who also had two catches for 33 yards, now ranks fifth in Maryland history with 1,089 career kickoff return yards.
Turner on Target: QB Chris Turner has orchestrated the Maryland offense effectively throughout the season, and he finished his junior campaign with a bang, completing 13 of 27 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. He found WRs Adrian Cannon and Ronnie Tyler for touchdown strikes of 59 and 14 yards, respectively, during the opening half. Turner's 2,516 passing yards in 2008 are the most by a Maryland signal-caller in a season since Sam Hollenbach passed for 2,539 yards in 2005.
Turner's Latest Milestone: With his pair of touchdown strikes, Turner now has 20 career touchdown passes, which ranks tied for 11th all-time in school history with Stan Gelbaugh (1981-85). He remains in seventh place all-time at Maryland with 4,474 career passing yards.
Heyward-Bey Leading the Way: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has served as a catalyst for the Maryland offense all season, and he continued to produce during Tuesday's season finale. The wideout recorded four receptions for 48 yards against Nevada to finish out his junior season. Heyward-Bey now has caught at least one pass in 34 of his last 37 contests.
Chart Climber: Heyward-Bey has continued his ascent through Maryland's receiving records book this season. With his performance against the Wolf Pack, he surpassed Geroy Simon (1993-96) for second place in school history with 2,089 career receiving yards. Heyward-Bey also broke a tie with Frank Wycheck (1990-92) to claim sole possession of third place all-time at Maryland with 138 career receptions.
Game Sealer: Senior DB Jeff Allen's first career interception with 4:54 remaining in the contest ensured the Terps would emerge victorious in the 2008 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl.
Run Defense: Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick entered Tuesday's game with 1,115 rushing yards this season, but the Terps defense held him to just 19 rushing yards on nine carries.
Cannon Ball: Before some fans were even in their seats, QB Chris Turner and WR Adrian Cannon combined to give Maryland an early advantage. On the third play from scrimmage, Turner hit Cannon for a 59-yard touchdown strike with 13:59 remaining in the first quarter. For Cannon, a sophomore wideout who entered Tuesday's game with just 16 receiving yards this season, it marked a career-long reception and his first career touchdown.
Going Green: Carrying the ball for the first time in nine games, RB Morgan Green enjoyed the best game of his young career Tuesday, rushing for a career-best 72 yards on 10 carries, including a career-long 53-yard touchdown run during the second quarter. That run marked Maryland's seventh play from scrimmage of 50 yards or more this season.
Woah Wujciak: LBs Alex Wujciak has been Maryland's top tackler this season, but during Tuesday's game he also showcased his ability to pressure the opposing quarterback. The Terps middle linebacker teamed with fellow LB Dave Philistin to sack Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick during the second quarter. He then proceeded to sack Kaepernick again the next play to force a Wolf Pack punt. For Wujciak, who finished with a game-high 12 tackles, it marked the first sacks of his career. After sitting out all of last season due to injury, Wujciak finished the 2008 campaign with 133 tackles - which tied the team's 2007 high-mark by Erin Henderson.
Tate's First Pick: True freshman DB Kenny Tate picked the right time to record his first career interception for the Terps. With the Wolf Pack possessing the ball on the Terps' 9-yard line poised to score during the first quarter, Tate jumped a route to intercept Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick's pass in the end zone.
Ronnie's Receiving: WR Ronnie Tyler tied his career best with five receptions during the first half alone, totaling 55 yards. His 14-yard touchdown reception from QB Chris Turner with six seconds remaining in the first half marked the first score of his career.
Burley's Big Play: When Nevada LB Brandon Marshall recovered a Chris Turner fumble during the third quarter, OL Scott Burley came up big for the Terps. The senior lineman forced a fumble by Marshall and recovered it at the Wolf Pack's 45-yard line to regain possession for Maryland.
PAT Streak Snapped: When PK Obi Egekeze missed the point-after-attempt following Adrian Cannon's 59-yard touchdown, it snapped a streak of 99 consecutive PAT conversions by Egekeze and his predecessor, Dan Ennis, dating back to a game at North Carolina on Nov. 12, 2005. Egekeze had converted the first 64 PATs of his career, including his first 36 this season.
Streaks continue: Several Terps extended streaks on Tuesday. DL Jeremy Navarre finished his career having played in 49 consecutive games, and his 47 career starts are the most on the team. OL Edwin Williams finished his career having started 39 consecutive games, tops on the offense.