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Saturday, Nov. 7
Maryland (2-6, 1-3 ACC)
NC State (3-5, 0-4 ACC)
Kickoff: 1 ET
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Stadium: Carter-Finley Stadium (57,583)
TV: ESPN360 - Ryan Rose (play-by-play) and Danny Kanell (color) will call the action in the webcast. Comcast SportsNet will air a replay in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore market at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (play-by-play), Jonathan Claiborne (color) and Tim Strachan (sidelines) have the call. Pregame with Gary Stein and Scott McBrien begins at 11:30 a.m. ET The game can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio Channel 191 and Sirius Channel 218. Click here to Listen Live on-line through Terps TV. The Terrapin Sports Radio Network (13 affiliates): WJZ-FM 105.7 - Baltimore (Flagship); WJFK-FM 106.7 - Washington D.C.; WCEM-AM 1240 - Cambridge; WBEY-FM 97.9 - Crisfield; WGOP-AM 540 - Crisfield; WFMD-AM 930 - Frederick; WARK-AM 1490 - Hagerstown; WPTX-AM 1690 - Lexington Park; WVMD-FM 99.5 - Cumberland; WMSG-AM 1050 - Oakland; WQMR-FM 101.1 - Ocean City; WTGM-AM 960 - Salisbury. Click here to view a PDF of the Terrapin Sports Radio Network coverage map.
Terps on the Air...
Maryland's football broadcasting lineup for 2009-10 includes the Ralph Friedgen Radio Show and the Ralph Friedgen Television Show. The Ralph Friedgen Radio Show airs from 8-9 p.m. each Wednesday during the season on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network which has 13 affiliates this season. The Ralph Friedgen Television Show, which is presented by Outback Steakhouse, airs weekly at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. The fast-paced, 30-minute show, goes behind the scenes with Friedgen and the Maryland football team. Replays of the show are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday on Comcast SportsNet, just prior to the rebroadcast of the Terps most recent football game. Comcast SportsNet will carry the official rebroadcasts of all 12 University of Maryland football matchups.
The University of Maryland is sandwiching a pair of road games around its lone bye of the season. The Terrapins suffered another tough loss on Saturday, Oct. 24, falling to Duke, 17-13, in Durham, N.C. It marked the team's fourth loss of the season when it had a chance to score the go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter. Maryland will look to get back on the winning track Saturday when it travels to NC State in an Atlantic Division matchup. While the Terps were off last weekend, the Wolfpack dropped a 45-42 decision to Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla.
Offensively, Maryland has been led by quarterback Chris Turner and wide receiver Torrey Smith. Turner, who ranks among the top signal-callers in school history, is averaging 229.1 passing yards per game (sixth in the ACC/39th in NCAA). He had his fourth career 300-yard passing game (307) vs. Wake Forest (10/10) and is second in school history in career passing yards. Smith has emerged as one of the top all-around threats in the nation. He's averaging 70.8 receiving yards per game (fourth in the ACC) and 192.3 all-purpose ypg (third in the country). No. 1 running back Da'Rel Scott was injured (broken wrist) vs. Clemson (10/3) and is out of action until later this month. He was a first-team All-ACC pick last season and has a 5.63 career yards-per-carry average, which ranks second in school history. Davin Meggett, Gary Douglas and Caleb Porzel have handled the bulk of the carries with Scott on the shelf. Senior center Phil Costa, who has started 26 career games, is the leader of an offensive line which has been in transition with the loss of seven seniors from a year ago. The team's other veteran lineman - LT Bruce Campbell - has been in and out of the lineup with injuries. Besides Campbell and Costa, the rest of the linemen have a total of 27 career starts.
The Terps have been solid on defense for most of the past five games, allowing an average of 326.8 total yards over that span, including just 210 to Virginia (10/17). LBs Alex Wujciak and Adrian Moten have been the top playmakers on a defense which has just four starters back from last year. Wujciak, a second-team All-ACC selection last season, has a team-high 88 tackles, including 11 vs. Duke (10/24). Moten has 48 tackles (second on the team), including team highs in tackles-for-loss (7.5) and sacks (5.0). LB Demetrius Hartsfield has been impressive of late, posting a career-high 10 stops vs. Clemson (10/3) and earning ACC Freshman of the Week honors for that performance, but he is out of action with a broken hand. First-year defensive coordinator Don Brown has a veteran secondary, though there have been injuries at that position. Senior Nolan Carroll, the team's No. 1 cornerback, was lost for the season vs. JMU with a broken tibia. Senior SS Jamari McCollough missed two games with a foot injury and played sparingly the following two weeks. CB Anthony Wiseman has a team-high seven PBUs and CB Cameron Chism has a team-best three interceptions. Seniors Travis Ivey, Jared Harrell and Deege Galt are veterans on the defensive line. The Terps have 20 sacks over the last six games and rank tied for first in the ACC in that category (2.8 per game).
The special teams unit, under the direction of first-year coordinator Charles Bankins, features a pair of preseason All-Americans in Smith and junior punter Travis Baltz. Smith set the ACC single-season record for kickoff return yards (1,089) last season and has confirmed his preseason All-America selection. He returned his second career kickoff for a TD vs. James Madison (9/12) and set the Maryland career kickoff return yards mark vs. Rutgers (9/26). Baltz was a 2008 first-team All-ACC choice after leading the league in punting average (41.1 ypp). He was a preseason consensus first team All-ACC pick and was one of just nine punters on the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award. However, he suffered an ankle injury vs. Rutgers and missed the following three games. True freshman Nick Ferrara has been a bright spot, hitting 13 of 17 field goals and handling the kickoff chores. He's also served as the punter during Baltz's injury. Tony Logan was expected to be the No. 1 punt returner, taking over for three-year starter Danny Oquendo, but he missed the first two games with an injury. Logan resumed his duties as the No. 1 punt returner the last four weeks.
Maryland has played 24 freshmen (10 true/14 redshirts) this season which is the most during Ralph Friedgen's nine seasons. The Terps played 20 freshmen in both the 2001 and 2004 seasons.
LB Demetrius Hartsfield ranks third among freshmen in the ACC in tackles (6.7 per game). He is also the top sacker producer (0.5 pg) among first-year players in the league.
Nick Ferrara is first in the ACC among freshmen in field-goal percentage (76.5/13 of 17). He is also second in the country among freshmen in accuracy (minimum: 10 attempts) to Nick Tausch of Notre Dame (93.3/14 of 15). Ferrara ranks third in the nation among first-year players in field goals per contest (1.63) and fifth in scoring (7.1 pg).
Seven of the 11 Maryland defensive linemen who have played this season are either true (Justin Anderson, Zachariah Kerr and Isaiah Ross) or redshirt freshmen (A.J. Francis, Masengo Kabongo, Carl Russell and Joe Vellano).
Junior linebacker Alex Wujciak entered the season ranked fifth nationally among returning tacklers. He has kept up the same pace this season, averaging 11.0 stops per game (seventh nationally). In fact, Wujciak ranks first in the country (10.5) on the active career tackles-per-game list. Travis Lewis of Oklahoma is second (9.8) on that list.
Sophomore Cameron Chism ranks seventh in the ACC among DBs in tackles (5.5 per game).
The Terps' 10 returning starters (six on offense/four on defense) are the second-fewest in the Ralph Friedgen era. Heading into the 2004 season, Maryland had nine starters (five offense/four defense) back from the previous campaign.
Despite being only a sophomore, Torrey Smith is already rewriting both the Maryland and ACC record books. Smith owns the school and league's single-season kickoff return yardage record (1,089 in 2008), as well as the Terps' career kickoff return yards mark (1,926). He also posted a Maryland-record 21.3 yards per touch last season. Smith currently ranks sixth on the ACC kickoff return yardage chart and has a chance to reach first before the end of the season. He needs two more yards to become just the sixth player in league history to reach 2,000 yards and 691 to eclipse the record. In addition, he can better his own ACC single-season kickoff mark with 181 more yards.
Smith posted a career-high 287 all-purpose yards (165 receiving/109 kickoff/13 rush) vs. Middle Tennessee State (9/19) and had 267 vs. Wake Forest (10/10), the second-highest total of his career. He ranks third in the nation in that category (192.3 ypg). The ACC record is 186.9 ypg by Frank Quayle (Virginia) in 1968. Smith needs to average 129.0 all-purpose yards over the final four regular-season games to eclipse Thomas Jones' (Virginia) league record of 2,054. Smith already has 1,538 all-purpose yards this season after posting 1,425 last year.
Smith is one of only two players in the NCAA FBS to post at least 225 all-purpose yards in five games this season. Brandon West (Western Michigan) joins Smith on the short list. C.J. Spiller (Clemson) and Damaris Johnson (Tulsa)have four games over 225 all-purpose yards.
Chris Turner is the Terps' first three-year starting quarterback since Brian Cummings (1995-97).
Turner ranks among the top signal-callers in school history. The senior ranks fourth on Maryland's career completion percentage list (59.4), second in career passing yards (6,307), second in total offense (6,145), second in completions (524), second in career pass attempts (882) and fourth in TD passes (30).
With 182 passing yards vs. Duke (10/24), Turner moved past Boomer Esiason (6,259/1981-83) and into second place on the Maryland career list. Turner also passed Esiason (6,081) on the Maryland career total offense chart. With 167 more passing yards, Turner can become the fifth signal-caller in school history to post back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons, joining Esiason (1982-83), Scott Milanovich (1993-94), Scott McBrien (2002-03) and Sam Hollenbach (2005-06).
Turner needs to average 248.8 yards over the final four regular-season games to set the Terps career passing yards record (7,301 by Milanovich, 1992-95).
OL Paul Pinegar started at his third position (left guard) along the offensive line this season in the Duke game (10/24). Pinegar has also started at both left and right tackle, and is the only lineman in Friedgen's tenure to start at three positions. Pinegar and Phil Costa are the only two linemen to start all eight games.
Friedgen is among the winningest coaches in ACC history. He ranks 10th all-time in winning percentage with a record of 66-42 (.611). Maryland has made six bowl appearances in Friedgen's eight seasons, including a school-record four wins. The Terps appeared in one bowl game in the previous 15 seasons.
Maryland is 201-169-4 (.543) all-time in ACC games, including a 38-30 (.559) mark under Friedgen.
The Terps lost a close friend on Oct. 5 when Jack Heise (dubbed `Mr. Maryland' for his support of the Terps) passed away suddenly. The Terps honored his memory vs. Wake Forest (10/10) by donning an emblem with the initials JH on each player's helmet. That will remain on the helmets throughout the year.
Terps to Support Wounded Warrior Project...
The Maryland Department of Athletics and Under Armour announced a partnership on Tuesday, Oct. 20 with the Wounded Warrior Project, a not-for-profit organization that provides programs and services for injured service members and their families. The Terrapins will wear specially designed head-to-toe uniforms for their matchup versus the Virginia Tech Hokies on Nov. 14. They will take the field in black and desert camouflage uniforms featuring the Wounded Warrior Project logo. The uniforms will also have a unique twist; a core value embellishment - Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Country, and Service - will replace the players' last name on the back of each jersey. Wounded Warrior and Under Armour will create special make-up products for fans to wear on gameday to show their support. The gear will be sold in college book stores, local military base exchanges, and on-line at www.underarmour.com. A percentage of the fan gear proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Additionally, a select number of game jerseys will be auctioned off after the game on umterps.com and the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Injuries Taking A Toll...
The Terps have lost a number of key performers to injury so far this season. CB Nolan Carroll (leg) was lost for the season in the second game. Starting left tackle Bruce Campbell has missed three games, punter Travis Baltz missed three contests before returning vs. Duke (10/24) and tailback Da'Rel Scott is out until at least later month with a broken wrist suffered vs. Clemson (10/3). So far this season, the Terps have lost 26 man-games to potential starters (Jamari McCollough - 2; Carroll - 6; Scott - 3; Baltz - 3; Campbell - 3; Tyler Bowen - 6; Tony Logan - 2; Demetrius Hartsfield - 1). In addtion, key reserves Joe Vellano and Caleb Porzel were on the shelf until recently. Vellano, expected to be a backup at defensive tackle, played for the first time vs. Virginia (10/17) and Porzel was on the field for his first career snaps vs. Wake Forest (10/10). The Terps were also without a number of key reserves - WR Kerry Boykins, RB Gary Douglas, OL Bennett Fulper, TE Lansford Watson and OL Lamar Young - vs. the Blue Devils, but hope to get some of them back for the NC State game.
Maryland's defense entered the Virginia game (10/17) tied for second in the ACC with 15 sacks on the season. The Terps racked up a season-high five against the Cavaliers. The previous high was four, achieved against Middle Tennessee State (9/19). It also marked the most sacks recorded by the Maryland defense since it had five against California last season. With two more sacks vs. Duke (10/24), the Terps are tied for first in the ACC and tied for 21st nationally in that category (2.8 per game).
Stopping the Run...
Maryland allowed just 63 rushing yards by Virginia (10/17), including two yards in the first half. That marked the lowest rushing yards accumulated by a Maryland opponent since California had 38 last season. In their previous two games, the Cavaliers had recorded 106 and 231 rushing yards against North Carolina and Indiana, respectively. The Terps were even better against the run the following week vs. Duke (10/24), allowing just 23 yards on the ground (on 28 carries). It marked the fewest rushing yards by an opponent since NC State recorded just 10 on Nov. 24, 2007. The Terps are surrendering just 1.30 yards per carry over the last two games.
The Terps rank 11th in the ACC and 78th nationally in total defense (379.1 yards per game), but they have improved as the season has gone along. Over the last five games, Maryland is allowing just 326.8 yards of total offense to its opponents. The Terps defense has really had only one bad half among its last 10, allowing 381 yards in the opening 30 minutes of the Wake Forest game (10/10). In fact, Maryland has yielded less than 160 yards of total offense in seven of it last 10 halves of football. The Terps have surrendered an average of 123.2 yards of total offense in the second half of the last five games.
NC State At-A-Glance...
QB Russell Wilson ranks fourth in the ACC and 17th nationally in passing efficiency (148.2). He has thrown a league-high 21 touchdown passes, including five in a 45-42 loss to Florida State on Oct. 31. He ranks fourth in the NCAA FBS in points responsible for (18.0 pg).
NC State ranks 20th nationally in scoring offense (33.1 ppg) and has scored 38 or more points in four contests.
Wilson had his NCAA record streak of 379 pass attempts without an interception come to an end when he was picked off against Wake Forest on Oct. 3. He six picks on the season.
Tight end George Bryan leads the team with 34 receptions on the season, and has been named to the midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end.
Defensive end Willie Young ranks tied for second in the ACC and tied for 17th nationally in sacks (0.88 per game). He is the active ACC leader in career tackles-for-loss and sacks.
The Wolfpack is 42nd nationally in both total defense (341.6 ypg) and rushing defense (118.5 ypg).
The Wolfpack have a dangerous kickfoff return man in T.J. Graham. He returned a kick 93 yards for a touchdown against Duke, and has 1,602 kickoff return yards just 20 games into his career. He missed the last game against Florida State, however, with a leg injury.
Terps-Wolfpack Series History...
Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen is 6-2 against NC State., including 3-1 in Raleigh.
Saturday's game marks the 66th meeting between Maryland and North Carolina State. The schools first met in 1909 when NC State shut out Maryland 33-0. The teams have met every season since 1956, and the Terps hold a slight edge (31-30-4) in the series.
The Wolfpack took eight of nine from the Terps from 1991 to 1999, before the Terps turned things around in the new millennium. Maryland has won seven of nine in the series since 2000, with the games frequently ending in dramatic fashion. Aside from a 37-0 Maryland win in 2007, the eight games since 2000 have been decided by an average of 5.2 points. Nick Novak hit game-winning field goals for the Terps in the final seconds in 2002 and 2003, and Maryland scored the decisive touchdown in 2001 with 41 seconds left. Quarterback Shaun Hill rallied the Terps from a 15-point halftime deficit in the 2000 game for a 35-28 double-overtime victory.
In the 2007 matchup, Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore rushed for two TDs apiece in the regular-season finale which made the Terps bowl eligible. The Terrapins posted their first shutout since 2003 and first in a league game since 1996. Chris Turner was 19 of 24 for 206 yards and had a 41-yard keeper that set up a TD for Maryland which scored on four straight possessions in the first half to take control of the game.
Last season in rainy College Park, Obi Egekeze kicked a 20-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to lift Maryland to a 27-24 victory. The Terrapins moved the ball 89 yards over the final 4:00 to set up the score. Turner went 3-for-4 on the drive, including a 31-yard completion to running back Davin Meggett on a third-and-10 from the Wolfpack 35.
By The Numbers...
2...After surrendering 22 sacks in the first six games of the season, the Terps have yielded just two over the last two contests.
3...Torrey Smith ranks third in the nation in all-purpose yards per game (192.3).
3...Caleb Porzel became the third true freshman running back to start in Ralph Friedgen's tenure, joining Cory Jackson (2006) and Davin Meggett (2008).
6...The Terps have had an All-ACC punter in six of the last seven seasons (Travis Baltz - 2008; Adam Podlesh - 2003-06; Brooks Barnard - 2002)
9...Number of 2008 postseason participants the Terps will face in the fall. Cal, James Madison, Rutgers, Clemson, Wake Forest, NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida State and BC all played in the postseason.
10...In the Duke game (10/24), DB Eric Franklin became the 10th true freshman to see action this season for Maryland, joining DL Justin Anderson, LB Darin Drakeford, PK Nick Ferrara, OL Bennett Fulper, DL Zachariah Kerr, DL Isaiah Ross, LB Avery Murray, LB Ryan Donohue and RB Caleb Porzel.
11.0...Alex Wujciak is averaging 11.0 tackles per game, which ranks first in the ACC and seventh in the NCAA (FBS).
14...Number of seniors on this year's squad. Last season Maryland had 30 seniors, which was the most during the Ralph Friedgen era.
14...The Terps have placed a league-best 14 representatives on the Academic All-ACC team over the last two years. Clemson ranks second with 10, while Boston College, Duke and Georgia Tech have eight apiece.
26...The Terps' offensive line entered the season with a combined 26 career starts (Phil Costa - 18; Bruce Campbell - 8).
28...The Terps currently have 28 former players on NFL rosters, including eight from last season's team (see chart on pg. 20).
58...Fifty-eight of Maryland's 85 scholarship players have at least three years of eligibility remaining.
110...Four of Maryland's offensive linemen who departed (Edwin Williams, Jaimie Thomas, Scott Burley and Dane Randolph) combined to start 110 games in their careers.
119...The Terps have not had a punt blocked since Nov. 13, 1999 (Florida State), a stretch of 119 games, which is the longest active streak in the nation.