WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
– Maryland is set to make its first-ever trip to the University of Minnesota when it faces the Golden Gophers, Sat., Sept. 30, at noon in Minneapolis. The game is set to be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports 1. The event also marks Maryland’s first football game in the state of Minnesota.
– The Terps have won two of their three Big Ten openers since joining the conference in 2014, including last season’s 50-7 victory over Purdue. Maryland’s other victory came in its inaugural Big Ten season against Indiana, 37-15. Overall, Maryland has won six of its last nine conference openers dating back to 2008.
– Saturday’s matchup marks the third meeting in history between Maryland and Minnesota, with the schools splitting the previous two meetings. Maryland won the inaugural matchup in the 1977 Hall of Fame Bowl, 17-7, while the Gophers took last season’s meeting in College Park, 31-10. Then-junior Jermaine Carter, Jr., totaled 11 tackles in the loss, while since graduated wide receiver Levern Jacobs had 10 catches for 82 yards.
– Junior wide receiver DJ Moore caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season against UCF to move into a tie for fifth in Maryland history with 13 career TD receptions. The mark is tied with Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006-08) and Guilian Gary (1998-01). Moore is off to a sizzling start in 2017, leading the Big Ten in virtually every category: receiving touchdowns (4), receiving yards per game (104.3) and receptions per game (7.3).
– Junior running back Ty Johnson has racked up 608 yards (121.6/g) over his last five games dating back to 2016, averaging 11.3 yards-per-carry during the span. Johnson has totaled five rushing touchdowns in those five games.
– Despite playing three different quarterbacks with significant time through three games, the Terrapins remain one of the most accurate teams in the country. Maryland currently leads the Big Ten and ranks ninth nationally with a 70.5 completion percentage. Freshman Kasim Hill has completed 18-of-21 career passes, while sophomore Max Bortenschlager completed a career-high 16 passes against UCF in relief of the injured Hill.
BY THE NUMBERS: OFFENSE
4 – Junior wide receiver DJ Moore has caught four touchdown passes through three games, becoming the first Maryland player to achieve the feat since Torrey Smith in 2010. The Philadelphia native now has 13 career touchdown receptions, moving him into a tie with Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006-08) and Guilian Gary (1998-01) for fifth. His 14th touchdown grab would pull him into a tie for fourth with NFL superstar Stefon Diggs (2012-14).
4 – Junior running back Ty Johnson’s streak of 100-yard rushing games dating back to 2016 was snapped at four games with a 25-yard day against UCF. Johnson became just the fourth Maryland player in history to achieve the feat, joining Steve Atkins (7 straight – 1978), Bruce Perry (5 straight – 2001) and Charlie Wysocki (4 straight – 1980) in the exclusive club.
5 – Junior DJ Moore has scored five touchdowns through the first three games of the season (4 rec, 1 rush), becoming the first Terp to score five times in that span to open a season since quarterback C.J. Brown in 2013 (5 rush). Four of Moore’s five touchdowns have been at least 20 yards in length.
6.9 – The Terrapins remain big play machines despite a tough day against UCF last weekend, averaging 6.9 yards per play. Maryland has totaled seven plays of at least 40 yards through three games, with Ty Johnson producing four on his own. Johnson has totaled 14 plays of 40+ yards over his last 13 games dating back to 2016.
24 – Wide receiver DJ Moore currently leads Big Ten Conference with a reception in 24 straight games. It is the longest streak for a Maryland player since Torrey Smith finished his career with a 30-game reception streak from 2008-10. Moore currently has 10 touchdown catches over his last 16 games.
224 – The Maryland rushing offense remains one of its overall strengths, ranking third in the Big Ten and 28th nationally with 224.0 yards per game. Ty Johnson leads the way with 281 rushing yards through three games, while seven different players have scored a rushing touchdown.
313 – Junior wide receiver DJ Moore is off to the best start of his career, totaling 313 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 22 catches. His seven catches in the first two games of the season were both career-highs until he posted eight last weekend against UCF. Moore currently leads the Big Ten in receiving touchdowns (4), receiving yards per game (104.3) and receptions per game (7.3).
BY THE NUMBERS: DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
1 – Junior safety Darnell Savage, Jr., notched the second interception of his career and first of the season against Towson. Savage returned the interception 75 yards for his first collegiate touchdown. Savage makes the most of his opportunities with the ball, totaling 105 return yards on his two career picks. He also had an INT return touchdown against Texas that was called back due to a penalty.
2 – Sophomore Tino Ellis matched his career-high with two pass breakups last weekend against UCF (9/23), leading a defensive unit that totaled seven pass breakups in the game. Ellis, Shane Cockerille and Darnell Savage, Jr. lead the way with two pass breakups each on the season.
2 – The Maryland defense is having tremendous success getting to the quarterback thus far, ranking second in the Big Ten in sacks (3.0/g) and fifth in tackles for loss (7.0). The success has carried over from last season, when the Terps were second in the Big Ten in the sacks, as well. Senior Jermaine Carter, Jr. leads the way with 4.0 tackles for loss, with Brett Kulka (2.5) and Antoine Brooks (2.0) just behind.
4.0 – Senior Jermaine Carter, Jr. has totaled 4.0 tackles for loss through the first two games, including 2.0 in the win over Texas. Carter now has 27.0 tackles for loss in his career, which ranks tied for 13th in program history with Gurnest Brown (1979-82) and Demetrius Hartsfield (2009-12). Carter needs 5.0 more TFLs to crack Maryland’s top-10 in the category.
7 – Senior safety Josh Woods had one of his best games statisically against UCF (9/23), leading all players with seven tackles, including a 0.5 tackle for loss. Woods, who was described by defensive coordinator Andy Buh as one of the defense’s most improved players, currently ranks fourth on the team with 15 tackles in three games.
9 – Maryland’s 63-point effort against Towson meant a heavy workload for senior placekicker Henry Darmstadter in his first career action for the Terps. The graduate transfer from Georgetown knocked down all nine of his PAT attempts, which is a Maryland record. Darmstadter left Georgetown as the program’s career leader in field goal percentage and field goals made. He then made his first career field goal – a 34-yarder – against UCF last weekend.
21 – Senior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. currently leads the Terps with 21 tackles on the season and appears poised to lead the team in the category for the third consecutive season. He would be just the fifth Maryland player to achieve the feat since 1969, joining Alex Wujciak (2008-10), D’Qwell Jackson (2003-05), E.J. Henderson (2000-02) and Ratcliff Thomas (1993-95).
70 – The Maryland defense is holding opponents to scores on just 70 percent of their red zone chances, which ranks third in the Big Ten and 28th nationally.