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Saturday, Nov. 20
Maryland (7-3, 4-2 ACC)
Florida State (7-3, 5-2 ACC)
Kickoff: 8 p.m. EST
Location: College Park, Md.
Stadium: Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium (54,000).
Directions to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium
Gameday Quick Facts
TV: ABC - Mike Patrick (pbp) and Craig James (color) will call the action. Click here for the ABC coverage map. The broadcast can also be seen on ESPN3.com and through the ESPN Gameplan in an area the game is not aired on ABC. Comcast SportsNet will air a replay of the ABC broadcast in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore market at 11 p.m. Sunday.
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (play-by-play), Jonathan Claiborne (color) and Tim Strachan (sidelines) have the call. The Toyota Tailgate Show with Gary Stein and Scott McBrien begins at 6:30 p.m. EST. The game can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio Channel 190 and Sirius Channel 212. Click here to Listen Live on-line through Terps TV. The Terrapin Sports Radio Network (15 affiliates): WJZ-FM 105.7 - Baltimore (Flagship); WJZ-AM 1300 - Baltimore (Flagship); ESPN980-AM - Washington D.C.; WWXX-FM 94.3 - Buckland, Va.; 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 - Midland; WMSG-AM 1050 - Oakland; WQMR-FM 101.1 - Ocean City; WWXT-FM 92.7 - Prince Frederick, Md.; WTGM-AM 960 - Salisbury.
Tickets: Tickets are available for the game. Fans may call 1-800-IM-A-TERP from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or click here. The Comcast Center ticket office will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on gameday, while tickets are available at the stadium beginning at 5 p.m.
Friedgen and the Terps on the Air: Maryland's football broadcasting lineup for 2010 includes the 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 15 affiliates. The Ralph Friedgen Television Show, which is presented by Outback Steakhouse, airs weekly at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with the first show airing this weekend. The fast-paced, 30-minute show goes behind the scenes with Friedgen and the Maryland football team. Replays of the show are scheduled for 7:30 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. Friedgen also appears each Wednesday during the season on Comcast's SportsNite wrap-up show. Comcast goes live "Inside the Coach's Office" with Friedgen at 6:15 p.m. each Wednesday.
Maryland exorcised some demons in Saturday's 42-23 win at Virginia, a place the Terps had been victorious just once in their previous nine trips. The Terrapins scored 21 fourth-quarter points in the come-from-behind triumph, one which helped them keep pace in the Atlantic Division race. Maryland and NC State control their destiny, while Florida State, which visits College Park Saturday, needs help. The Terps have improved their win total by five games from 2009 by making big plays, holding onto the football and coming up with a key stop with the game on the line.
Maryland, which must win to remain alive in the division race, will wear special camouflage uniforms designed by Under Armour during Satuday's game to support the Wounded Warrior Project. In conjunction with the WWP, the dept. of athletics is donating tickets for the game to local military bases and the Veteran Tickets Foundation.
The Maryland offense, under third-year coordinator and assistant head coach James Franklin, has been an efficient and mostly mistake-free unit this season. The Terps, ranked 38th nationally in scoring offense (31.4 ppg), have turned the ball over a league-low eight times and rank fourth in the ACC in passing efficiency. RBs Da'Rel Scott and Davin Meggett, and WR Torrey Smith have all produced for an offense which has scored seven times this season on plays of 40 yards or more. Smith, one of the most dynamic players in the nation, has eight TD receptions (second in the ACC) and is averaging 75.2 receiving yards per game (third in the ACC). The Biletnikoff Award candidate is also third in the ACC in all-purpose yards (114.7 ypg) despite battling an ankle injury. Danny O'Brien has emerged as the starting QB since subbing for an injured Jamarr Robinson (shoulder) against FIU (9/25). O'Brien, who has started the last seven games (5-2 record), has earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors four times (vs. FIU, 9/25; vs. BC, 10/23; vs. Wake Forest, 10/30; vs. Virginia, 11/13). O'Brien ranks fourth in the ACC in passing efficiency (133.5) and fourth among FBS freshmen. The o-line, which has allowed two or fewer sacks in eight games, has been reshuffled following season-ending injuries to LT Justin Gilbert (knee) and RT Pete DeSouza (fractured legs). RT Paul Pinegar (moved from center), LG Andrew Gonnella and LT R.J. Dill (moved from RT) have the most experience along the line. Justin Lewis mans the right guard position, with Bennett Fulper having taking over as the starting center at BC (10/23).
The linebacker corps, including two-time All-ACC performer Alex Wujciak, anchors the defense under second-year coordinator Don Brown. The Terps, who have scored four times defensively (tied for second in the FBS), rank fifth in the ACC and tied for 30th in the FBS in scoring defense (20.7 ppg). They also have the 20th-best red-zone defense. Maryland is allowing foes to gain just 4.7 yards per play, which ranks tied for second in the ACC. The Terps possess three of the top 16 tacklers in the ACC. Wujciak, who was listed among the preseason candidates for five national awards, ranks third in the league and 26th nationally in tackles (9.5 pg). LB Adrian Moten, a playmaker throughout his career, ranks 16th in the ACC in stops (6.5 pg) and tied for fourth in passes defended (1.0 pg). Joe Vellano ranks tied for 10th in the ACC in sacks (0.50 pg) and fourth in tackles among linemen (5.1 pg). The secondary has a number of playmakers. CB Cameron Chism is tied with SS Antwine Perez for the team lead in pass breakups (seven), while FS Kenny Tate ranks tied for fifth in the ACC in tackles (8.1 pg) and first in forced fumbles (0.40 pg).
Special teams was expected be a strength this season with all the top performers back and the Terps have been solid overall through 10 games. Travis Baltz, a 2008 first team All-ACC punter, has handled both kicking chores this season. Baltz, who was a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, has connected on 9 of his 11 FG attempts and is averaging 42.9 yards per punt, which is fifth in the league. Junior Tony Logan has been one of the top punt returners in the nation. He has returned two punts for scores, becoming one of just two players in ACC history to post consecutive games with a return for a score. Logan is also averaging 19.4 ypr which is third in the FBS. Smith was one of the top kick returners in the country last season, posting an ACC single-season record 1,309 yards. He also is the career leader in the league as well, setting that mark vs. Miami (11/6).
Maryland, in search of its first Atlantic Division title, is bowl eligible for the seventh time in Ralph Friedgen's 10 seasons.
Maryland, 2-7 at this point last year, has posted the best turnaround in the ACC (+5). No other team's win total has increased by more than three (NC State) from its 2009 record through 10 contests.
Friedgen became the 13th head coach in ACC history to amass 70 career wins with the victory over Duke (10/2). Saturday's win over Virginia was his 73rd which places him in a tie for third in school history with Jim Tatum. Curley Byrd is the all-time leader with 119 and Jerry Claiborne is second (77).
Maryland reached the 40-point plateau for the fourth time this season in Saturday's 42-23 win over Virginia. It marks the first time since 2002 that the Terps have gone over 40 points four times during the regular season.
Danny O'Brien threw for 289 yards and two TDs against Virginia (11/13) and now has 1,571 yards on the season, which ranks 15th in ACC history among freshmen. O'Brien, who has averaged 213.1 passing ypg in his seven starts, set the Maryland freshman record with 134 passing yards against Miami (11/6).
Torrey Smith finished with a game-high 157 yards on seven receptions vs. Virginia (11/13). It was the sixth 100-yard receiving game of his career, which is tied for the fourth most in Maryland history (also Vernon Davis). His 12-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter gave him eight on the season, which is tied for the third most in a single season in school history. He tallied 214 all-purpose yards in the game (157 receiving, 59 kickoff returns, minus-2 rushing) and now ranks 15th on the ACC career list (4,764). Smith also moved from fifth to fourth on the Maryland career yardage list.
D.J. Adams ran for three TDs against Virginia (11/13), becoming the first Terp to do that since Lance Ball on 10/6/07 against Georgia Tech. Adams had TD runs of 6, 1 and 2 yards and the freshman now owns the team lead with six rushing TDs.
Smith set the ACC record for career kickoff return yards on his first attempt of the Miami game (11/6), a 21-yarder. Smith now has 2,783 career return yards. Brandon Tate of North Carolina (2,688; 2005-08) was the previous record holder.
The Terps already have 15 interceptions this season, the most since 2002 when they had 18. Eight of those interceptions have come from linebackers (Adrian Moten - 4; Alex Wujciak - 2; Demetrius Hartsfield - 1; Ryan Donohue - 1).
The Terps four defensive scores this season (all interception returns for TDs) match the team's total from the last five years (two in 2009, one in 2006, one in 2005). In fact since 1987, the Terps have posted as many as three just three times (1998-00).
Maryland's 24-21 win over Boston College (10/23) snapped a 10-game road losing streak, including a seven-contest string in the ACC. The Terps' previous road win came at Clemson on 9/27/08. They went 2-2 on the road in the ACC this year.
RT Pete DeSouza was lost for the season after being injured in a traffic accident on Oct. 21 so the Terps had to adjust vs. BC (10/23). Paul Pinegar moved from center to right tackle with Bennett Fulper starting at center. The Terps remained with that lineup vs. Wake Forest (10/30) and Miami (11/6).
Moten has a career-best four interceptions which is second on Maryland's single-season chart for linebackers (see pg. 23), trailing only Karl Edwards' five in 1987. The senior's 0.40 picks per game ranks first in the FBS among LBs.
Wujciak, an honors candidate, has averaged 10.3 tackles per game in his career which is third in the nation among active players.
The Terps have just eight seniors (Adrian Cannon, Paul Pinegar, Da'Rel Scott, LaQuan Williams, Drew Gloster, Adrian Moten, Alex Wujciak, and Antwine Perez) listed among the 44 players on the current offensive and defensive two-deep. In addition, senior Travis Baltz is the first-team punter and place-kicker. There are just 16 seniors on this season's roster.
Terps to Support Wounded Warrior Project...
The Maryland Department of Athletics and Under Armour announced on Oct. 11 a continued partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), 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 Florida State. Maryland will take the field in black and desert camouflage uniforms featuring the Wounded Warrior Project logo. This marks the second year Under Armour has designed custom uniforms to honor the U.S. Armed Forces, with cleats being a new addition for this year (Utah and Texas Tech are also taking part in the intiative and wore the jerseys earlier this month). The gear is part of the UA Freedom initiative, launched in July to support our nation's military and public safety heroes, and Under Armour's partnership with WWP. 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. The custom gameday jerseys will be available through Maryland's Official On-Line Auction on Monday, Nov. 22 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Wounded Warrior Project. Under Armour school-specific fan gear will be on sale at university bookstores and www.underarmour.com with a portion of the proceeds going to WWP as well.
Coming From Behind...
The Terps trailed 23-21 heading into the fourth quarter of the Virginia game (11/13) and had been outscored 53-51 in the final period this season, but Maryland put 21 points on the scoreboard over the final 15:00 and held Virginia scoreless. Maryland was 0-3 this season when trailing entering the fourth quarter, but it dominated the action, holding the ball for 11:04, posting eight first downs to Virginia's one and forcing two turnovers. The last time Maryland scored 21 points in the fourth quarter was against Virginia in 2006 when the Terps rallied from a 20-0 halftime deficit to win 28-26. Prior to Saturday, that was Maryland's lone road win in the series since 1990.
Getting Offensive on Defense...
The Terps have four interception returns for touchdowns this season, including three in the last three games. No team in the ACC has posted more than two this year. In fact, the other 11 teams in the league have combined for 13 with BC, Clemson, Miami, UNC and NC State having two apiece. The four interception returns for a TD are tied for the FBS lead with Nebraska, Tennessee, UCF and Bowling Green, while the team's four defensive scores are tied for second in the country, just behind UCF's five.
Most Defensive TDs in the FBS (2010)
Rk. Team Int. Ret. Fumb. Ret. Total
1. UCF 4 1 5
2. Maryland 4 0 4
Nebraska 4 0 4
Florida 3 1 4
Bowling Green 4 0 4
Tennessee 4 0 4
Ohio State 3 1 4
Maryland's attacking-style defense has gradually improved this season, and now the Terps are among the better units in the FBS. The Terps rank 30th in scoring defense (20.7 ppg), 34th in rushing defense (131.2 ypg), 39th in total defense (344.9 ypg), tied for 20th in red-zone defense (74 percent) and tied for 24th in turnovers gained (21). Before surrendering a season-high 504 total yards to Miami (11/6), Maryland held Wake Forest (10/30), which was averaging 206.6 rushing yards per game, to minus-3 yards on the ground (lowest total by an opponent in 11 years). Fourth-down stops have been a key in four victories, including a goal-line stand on Navy's final play in the season opener (9/6). The Terps also had important fourth-down stops at the end of the FIU (9/25), Duke (10/2) and BC (10/23) games. The opposing offense is just 3-for-11 (27 percent) converting fourth downs in the fourth quarter.
Streaks and Trends...
The Terps are 4-0 at home this season.
Maryland is 6-2 when winning the turnover battle and 4-2 when being outgained by the opponent.
The Terps are 3-1 in games decided by seven points or less. Last year, they lost four games by four points or less and the last two by a combined five points. So far the Terps have regained their form of 2008 when they were 6-1 in games decided by a TD or less.
The Terps rank 10th in the ACC in third-down conversions (32.5 percent), but over the last four games they have converted 47.5 percent (28 of 59) of their opportunities, including a season-high 9 of 16 (56.3 percent) vs. Virginia (11/13).
Despite a season-high three turnovers vs. Clemson (10/16), the Terps have turned the ball over just eight times this year (six interceptions/two fumbles) and just three of those (two vs. Navy, 9/6; one vs. Miami, 11/6) occurred in the red zone. Maryland leads the ACC and ranks tied for fourth in the FBS in fewest turnovers. After 10 games last season, the Terps had 23 turnovers (10 picks/13 fumbles).
Alex Wujciak has started a team-best 35 straight games, all at Mike LB. Torrey Smith's 16 straight starts leads the offense.
Ten defensive players have started all 10 games. Defensive coordinator Don Brown has started three safeties three times with NT A.J. Francis sitting in those instances. There have been six offensive players who have started each game (see list on pg. 36). The Terps have started the same offensive line unit the last four games, after injuries caused reshuffling earlier in the season.
Kenny Tate is averaging 8.7 tackles over the last six games. He matched a career high with 12 stops vs. Miami (11/6), including a career-best 11 solos.
The Terps had a string of four straight games allowing fewer than 100 rushing yards to the opponent snapped vs. Miami (11/6). The Hurricanes netted 218 yards on the ground, the second most by a foe this season. Still the Terps have surrendered just 100.0 yards per game on the ground since the season opener (412 vs. Navy, 9/6).
The Terps have recorded 22 picks over the last 15 games.
Wujciak Does It Again...
One of the top tacklers in the nation the last three years, Alex Wujciak makes plays for the Terps in a number of ways. The senior intercepted Stephen Morris of Miami (11/6) and returned it 60 yards for a TD, the second pick-six of his career (also vs. NC State in 2009). He then intercepted Morris again in the third quarter and returned it 26 yards to set up a potential scoring drive. Wujciak set the Maryland single-season record for interception return yards (152) a year ago and he is now second in career interception return yards with 238, trailing only Tom Brown (275/1960-62). Wujciak is one of just five players, and the only linebacker, in Maryland history with two interception returns for TDs.
Maryland may have one of the top safety duos in the country. A disruptive force who is having an impressive season, Kenny Tate ranks tied for fifth in the ACC in tackles (8.1 per game), which is tops among defensive backs. He is also tied for seventh in the FBS in forced fumbles (0.40 per game) and is the top sack producer in the ACC among defensive backs (0.35 pg). The junior, who was a candidate for the 2010 Thorpe Award, also has two interceptions, returning one for score vs. Wake Forest (10/30). Tate's counterpart Antwine Perez, another candidate for postseason honors, is coming off four straight impressive performances. He earned ACC Defensive Back of Week after posting a career-best two interceptions and recovering a fumble in a 24-21 win over BC (10/23). He chipped in a sack and a forced fumble vs. Wake Forest (10/30) and eight tackles, including a season-best six solo stops, vs. Miami (11/6). Perez had seven tackles and one PBU vs. Virginia (11/13). He ranks tied for fourth in the ACC in passes defended (1.00 pg), tied for seventh in fumbles recovered (0.20 pg) and tied for eighth in interceptions (0.30 pg). The Perez-Tate duo has been one of the keys to the Terps possessing the top turnover margin in the ACC (third in the FBS) and 12th-best pass efficiency defense in the nation.
What to Look for Vs. Florida State and Beyond...
Maryland is seeking to reach five wins in the ACC for the first time since 2006 and is looking to reach eight overall wins for the first time since 2008 and sixth time in Ralph Friedgen's tenure.
The Terps are tied for second in the Atlantic Division and a win over Florida State would at the least tie them for first place in the division.
Saturday's game pits Florida State's third-ranked rushing offense (186.6 ypg) against Maryland's third-ranked rushing defense (131.2 ypg). The Terps have held five of six ACC opponents under 100 yards and rank second against the run in league-only games (90.8 ypg).
The Terps have the top turnover margin in the ACC (+1.30 per game), while the Seminoles are tied for ninth (minus-0.4 per game).
Alex Wujciak needs five stops to become the sixth player in school history with three straight 100-tackle seasons, joining D'Qwell Jackson (2003-05), E.J. Henderson (2000-02), Eric Barton (1996-98), Ratcliff Thomas (1993-95) and Chuck Faucette (1984-86).
Senior LB Adrian Moten, who has 23.5 career tackles for loss, needs 0.5 more to reach the top 15 on the Maryland all-time list.
Junior Torrey Smith, who set the ACC career kickoff return yards mark vs. Miami (11/6), ranks second in school history in career all-purpose yardage (4,764). He needs to average 98.5 yards a game the rest of the regular season to pass Lamont Jordan (4,960/1997-00) who holds the school record.
Smith's all-purpose yardage total (4,764) is also 15th on the ACC career list. The junior needs 87 yards to pass Peter Warrick (4,850/1996-99) for 14th place.
Smith has 129 career catches which is fifth in school history. Russ Weaver is fourth with 134 receptions. He also has 1,912 receiving yards, ranking fourth on the Maryland career list. Smith needs 88 yards to become the fourth player in school history with 2,000 career receiving yards. With 178 more receiving yards this season, Smith would move into second all-time on the school's receiving yardage list. Jermaine Lewis (1992-95) is the record-holder with 2,932.
Smith has eight TD receptions this season and would tie the school record of nine set by Jermaine Lewis (1994) and Marcus Badgett (1992) with one more.
Danny O'Brien, who set the Maryland single-season freshman passing yards mark vs. Miami (11/6), currently ranks 15th on the ACC single-season freshman passing yardage list with 1,571. He needs 24 yards to move past Jamie Barnette of NC State for 14th place, who had 1,594 in 1996.
O'Brien has 16 passing touchdowns and one more moves him into the top five on Maryland's single-season list.
Florida State At-A-Glance...
Florida State enters Saturday's game with a 7-3 record, including a 5-2 mark in the ACC. The Seminoles sit atop the Atlantic Division and can clinch a trip the league title game with a win Saturday and a loss by NC State.
The Seminoles possess a staunch defense. FSU is second in the ACC in rushing defense at 110.8 ypg, also good for 10th in the NCAA.
In the Seminoles' 16-13 win over Clemson, kicker Dustin Hopkins connected from 55 yards out as time expired.
Also against Clemson, QB E.J. Manuel, playing in place of the injured Christian Ponder, completed 15 of 24 passes for 210 yards and an INT. He also ran 15 times for a team-high 71 yards and a TD.
Sophomore DE Brandon Jenkins is averaging 1.55 tackles for loss per game, and 1.0 sack per game, which ranks 14th and sixth, respectively, in the NCAA.
Xavier Rhodes, a 6-1 freshman corner from Miami, is tied for fourth in the NCAA in passes defended (1.4 pg). He also has three INTs, including one against Clemson. In addition to his pick, he had seven solo tackles.
FSU has been very good on third and fourth-down conversions, leading the ACC in both categories.
Maryland-Florida state Series History...
Florida State leads the all-time series 18-2, with both of the Maryland wins coming in the last six meetings.
Removing Florida State's 37-3 win in 2008, five of the last six games in the series have been decided by an average of 4.2 points.
Florida State and Maryland met for the first time in 1966, and the Seminoles took the first 14 games in the series before Maryland finally broke through with a 20-17 win over the fifth-ranked Seminoles in 2004.
Maryland took its second game in the series in 2006, winning 27-24 after Sam Hollenbach threw three touchdowns, including a pair to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Jeremy Navarre blocked a potential game-tying field goal toward the end of regulation.
By The Numbers...
1... Despite losing two starting offensive tackles to season-ending injuries (Justin Gilbert - knee; Pete DeSouza - fractured legs), the Terps have allowed just seven sacks in their six ACC games which is the fewest in the league.
2... Alex Wujciak is one of 10 active linebackers in the FBS with two career interceptions returned for a TD. Bruce Carter of UNC is the only other ACC player.
2.8... The opposition is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry vs. Maryland in its six ACC games, the second-best mark in the league.
3... Danny O'Brien's 16 TD passes rank third in the FBS among freshmen QBs.
6... Number on non-offensive touchdowns scored by the Terps (four interception returns; two punt returns).
6... Number of graduates on the 2010 roster. Michael Carter, Emani Lee-Odai, Adrian Moten, Joey McQueeney, Antwine Perez and Da'Rel Scott have each earned a degree.
7... Number of points the opposition has scored off eight Maryland turnovers this season. In contrast, the Terps have scored 80 points off 21 opponent turnovers.
8... The Terps have turned the ball over just eight times this season (six interceptions/two fumbles). Only three teams in the FBS (Oregon State - 7; Iowa - 7; Wisconsin - 7) have turned it over fewer times.
9... The Terps have placed a punter on the Academic All-ACC team in each of the last nine seasons. Travis Baltz has been a member for the last three years (Adam Podlesh 2003-06; Brooks Barnard 2001-02).
12... Number of true freshmen who have started during Ralph Friedgen's 10 years (2001 - Domonique Foxworth, Randy Starks; 2003 - Vernon Davis; 2005 - Jeremy Navarre, Danny Oquendo, Jared Gaither; 2006 - Cory Jackson; 2007 - Travis Baltz; 2009 - Nick Ferrara, Bennett Fulper; 2010 - Desmond Kearse, Matt Robinson).
18... Number of players who have scored a TD this season, the most in the Ralph Friedgen era (17 in 2002 was the previous high).
26... The Terps have 26 players on NFL rosters (plus three on practice squads), which ranks third among ACC squads, trailing just Miami (42) and FSU (27). See list on page 22.
134... The Terps have not had a punt blocked since the Florida State contest (11/13/99), a stretch of 134 games, which is the longest active streak in the nation.