COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland football team welcomes ninth-ranked Clemson to College Park on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium as the Terps celebrate homecoming and look to earn their second conference victory of the season. Maryland is coming off a 34-10 loss in Winston-Salem to Wake Forest.
LIVE Coverage on the ESPN & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. Mike Patrick (pbp), Ed Cunningham (color) and Jeannine Edwards (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 85 and XM Radio Channel 85, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.
• The Terps totaled 383 yards of total offense against the Demon Deacons, but were undone by three turnovers that turned into 14 Wake Forest points. Quarterback Caleb Rowe entered in the second half and threw for 207 yards and a touchdown. The scoring strike was a 56-yard, catch-and-run to wide receiver Levern Jacobs to cap a two-play, 73-yard drive that lasted 36 seconds, the offenses’ fastest scoring drive of the season. It was Maryland’s second-longest scoring play of the season and Jacobs’ first career touchdown reception.
• Jacobs led all receivers with a career-best 78 yards. Redshirt freshman Amba Etta-Tawo pulled in a personal-best six catches for a career-high 69 yards. The Terps’ top-two receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, finished with 67 yards receiving and 43 yards receiving, respectively, but suffered season-ending leg injuries in the process.
• Playing without seven regular defensive contributors on Saturday, the Terrapin defense continued to be stout against the run and held Wake Forest to 47 yards rushing, the second-lowest total by an opponent this season, and recorded seven tackles for loss. The Terps are averaging 7.7 TFL per game, which ranks 15th nationally.
• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield led the Terps with one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. On the season, Whitfield has 6.5 sacks, which ranks fourth in the ACC, and as a team, Maryland has totaled 19 sacks, the fifth-highest total in the league. With 1.5 TFL, Whitfield now has 9.5 on the season for 89 yards. The 89 yards lost is the sixth-highest for a single-season in school history. Randy White holds the school record with 122 yards lost on 24 TFL in 1974.
• Defensive back William Likely finished with a team-best eight tackles and broke up one pass. Likely now has three pass breakups on the season and is tied with defensive back A.J. Hendy for second on the team with three passes defensed. Defensive back Sean Davis added seven tackles, while linebacker Cole Farrand had five tackles, all of which were solo. The Terps were playing without leading tackler linebacker L.A. Goree. The junior has totaled a team-best 46 tackles and has four TFL, including one sack.
• Place kicker Brad Craddock continues to be a bright spot for the Terps. Despite missing his first field goal under 50 yards, Craddock added to his season total with a kick from 23 yards out. The sophomore now has an ACC-leading 13 field goals this season and ranks second with a 1.86 field goals per game average. He is 13-for-16 on the season to rank sixth in the conference with a 81.2 percent conversion rate. Craddock has made at least one field goal in seven of the last eight games dating back to last season.
• Likely continues to pose a threat returning kickoffs for the Terps. On Saturday, the freshman averaged 30 yards on two returns and is now averaging 28.8 yards per kickoff return. Combined with Diggs’ 111 kickoff return yards, the Terps totaled 171 yards on kickoffs, the second-highest single-game total in the ACC in 2013.
• Likely ranks second in the ACC and 14th nationally averaging 28.8 yards per return. His yards per return average ranks ahead of Diggs (28.52), who set a Maryland single-season record for freshman in 2012 and placed second all-time. Likely’s season long kick return is 45 yards, which he set against Connecticut (Sept. 14) and ranks as the sixth-longest return in the ACC this season.
Quick Hitters From Wake Forest
• On Saturday, Maryland started a season-high 14 underclassmen (11 sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and one freshman). Since 1999, that total is tied for the most by a Maryland team. Last season, the Terps started 14 underclassmen at North Carolina (Nov. 24, 2012) and against Wake Forest (Oct. 6, 2012).
• Seven different Terps recorded a tackle for a loss on Saturday led by linebacker Marcus Whitfield with 1.5. As a team, Maryland finished with seven TFL to increase its season total to 54 and is averaging 7.7 per game, which ranks 15th nationally.
• Maryland’s 7.7 TFL average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.
• For the season, Whitfield has a team-best 9.5 TFL, which is tied for fourth in the ACC, for 89 yards, which is the sixth-highest single-season total in school history and is the most since Mark Duda totaled 94 TFL yards in 1982.
• Whitfield also added to his season total in sacks. By dropping quarterback Tanner Price for a loss of 22 yards, Whitfield increased his season mark to 6.5 sacks, the fourth-best total in the ACC. Whitfield is 1.5 sacks shy of cracking the top-15 all-time for a single season at Maryland.
• The Terps held Wake Forest to 47 yards rushing. It is the third time this season Maryland has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing (FIU, 91; UConn, 25). The Terps rank second in the ACC and 27th nationally against the run (123.7 ypg).
• With one pass broken up at Wake Forest, freshman William Likely leads the team with three on the season. Likely is tied with defensive back A.J. Hendy for for second on the team with three passes defended, a total that is tied for 18th in the ACC.
• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs totaled 178 all-purpose yards against Wake Forest. Diggs finished with 111 kick return yards and 67 yards receiving. For his career, Diggs has 2,808 all-purpose yards ranking him 15th all-time in school history and fifth among active players in the ACC.
• This season, Diggs averaged 16.58 all-purpose yards per play, the 18th-best single-season average in school history.
• Diggs and wide receiver Deon Long averaged 8.38 yards per catch (8 rec., 67 yards) and 10.75 yards per catch (4 rec., 43 yards), respectively, against Wake Forest. Among active receivers in the ACC with a minimum of 30 career receptions, Diggs ranks fifth averaging 16.3 yards per catch, while Long ranks ninth averaging 15.3 yards per catch.
• The Terps and Florida State (3) are the only two schools in the conference with two or more receivers among the top-10 in active career leaders in yards per reception.
Maryland Gameday Notes
Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (offense), defensive lineman Malik Jones (defense), and running back Carl Buchholz (special teams).
Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and defensive linemane Andre Monroe will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.
Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Clemson game are running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (offense), defensive lineman Darius Kilgo (defense), and linebacker Abner Logan (special teams).
Maryland-Clemson Series History
• Saturday’s matchup between the Terps and Tigers is the 62nd all-time meeting between the two schools. Clemson leads the all-time series 33-26-2 with the Tigers winning the last three meetings.
• The Terps have won 12 of the 27 matchups at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium with its last victory coming in 2009. The Tigers won 56-45 in 2011, the last game in College Park.
• Maryland is 4-6 in its last 10 games against Clemson. The Tigers won last season’s meeting in Death Valley, 45-10.
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