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Maryland opens ACC Tournament play Thursday against Florida State

Posted on 12 March 2014 by WNST Staff

#9 Florida State (18-12, 9-9 ACC) vs. #8 Maryland (17-14, 9-9 ACC)

Eighth-seeded Maryland begins its final ACC Tournament Thursday as it takes on Florida State at noon in Greensboro Coliseum on ESPN. The winner will play top-seeded Virginia Friday at noon.

Watch: ESPN – Sean McDonough (Play-by-Play), Jay Bilas (Analyst); ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Mike Gminski (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst)

Storylines

• Maryland is 4-0 all-time against the Seminoles in the ACC Tournament.The Terps have won by an average margin of 19.5 points in the series, including an 85-59 victory in the last meeting in 2002. Maryland has never been less than a 3-seed in those four games, however.

• This is the Terrapins’ sixth appearance in the ACC Tournament as the 8-seed, which last occurred in 2012. Maryland has won at least one game as the 8-seed in four out of six appearances, including in 2012, when it defeated the 9-seed Wake Forest in the first round, 82-60.

• This is the 10th anniversary of Maryland’s historic run to the 2004 ACC Tournament title, when it shocked the conference by defeating the top-3 seeds after entering the tournament with a 7-9 record. The Terps have three ACC Tournament titles: 1958, 1984, 2004.

• Junior Dez Wells was recently named Third Team All-ACC by both the media and coaches’ polls, in addition to earning All-District III Team honors. Wells leads Maryland with 14.8 points per game, including a 9.6 point per game average in the second half.

• Maryland picked up its first signature victory of the season Sunday in front of a soldout Comcast Center crowd as it defeated ACC regular season champion Virginia, 75-69, in overtime. Sophomore Seth Allen scored the first five points in overtime to finish with 20 overall, while Dez Wells added 18 points.

Terps Secure Marquee Victory
Maryland closed out its 61st and final Atlantic Coast Conference regular season in stunning fashion, outlasting No. 5 Virginia 75-69 in overtime Sunday to end the Cavaliers’ 13-game winning streak.
After losing the lead in the closing seconds of regulation, the Terrapins never trailed in the extra session in front of an emotional sellout crowd of 17,950 at the school’s final home basketball game in a conference it joined as a charter member in 1953.
Seth Allen scored five of his 20 points in overtime and Dez Wells finished with 18 for the Terrapins (17-14, 9-9 ACC), who will play in the Big Ten next season. Maryland had lost six straight to Virginia, including a 61-53 decision in February that was part of the Cavaliers’ school-record winning streak against ACC competition.
Maryland dominated in the overtime frame, with Allen making two straight layups for a 68-64 lead, and then adding a free throw.

Scouting Florida State
The Seminoles closed out the regular season by winning three of their final four games, most recently falling to Syracuse, 74-58. Maryland and Florida State split the regular season series, with both teams winning their respective home contests.
Florida State is the best shooting team in the ACC, ranking first with a .465 field goal percentage. The team is strong defensively, as well, ranking second in the conference (23rd nationally) in field goal percentage defense (.397).
Three players average more than 13 points for the ‘Noles: Aaron Thomas (14.1/g), Ian Miller (13.7/g) and Okaro White (13.3/g). White also leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game.

Season Series Rewind: FSU
Maryland fell victim to a hot-shooting Florida State team that made 16 3-pointers to win, 85-61, in the first meeting on Jan. 12. Ian Miller made six 3-pointers on his own for 20 points, while the Terps shot just 33 percent.
The Terrapins flipped the script in the second meeting at Comcast Center on Feb. 8, shooting 52 percent and winning, 83-71. Seth Allen dazzled the Maryland crowd, scoring a career-high 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting (7-of-10 from 3-pt range) to lead the Terps.
Allen’s 32-point night made up for the first meeting, when he had only one point on 0-of-8 shooting. Dez Wellsscored 15 points in both games.

By the Numbers: Maryland in the ACC

  • 1953-54 – Maryland joins the ACC, winning its inaugural basketball     game, 53-49, at South Carolina on Dec. 3, 1953
  • 3 – ACC Tournament titles (1958, 1984, 2004). The Terrapins shocked the conference in 2004, having entered the tournament with a 7-9 ACC record.
  • 5 – ACC regular season titles (1975, 1980, 1995, 2002, 2010)
  • 101 – All-ACC Selections, including five ACC POY’s (Albert King, Len Bias (2x), Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez)
  • 448 – Wins in ACC regular season play (448-435 overall record)
  • 25 – 20-win seasons during time in ACC, and 24 NCAA Tournament appearances

Wells Garners Postseason Accolades
Junior Dez Wells was named Third Team All-ACC by both the media and coaches’ polls on March 10 as announced by the ACC. He also earned All-District III honors from the USBWA on March 11.
Wells has done it all for the Terps in 2013-14, leading the team with 14.8 points per game on 49 percent shooting. He has scored double-figures in all but four games, including 14 of his last 15 outings. Wells is also first on the team in total assists (69), blocks (26) and free throw percentage (.813), and second in steals (32).
Wells earned First Team All-ACC Tournament honors in 2013 after averaging 22.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games. He poured in 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting to down No. 2 Duke in the ACC Quarterfinals.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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Maryland/FSU ACC Tournament game set for noon Thursday

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Regular-season champion Virginia will be the top seed for the 61st annual Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, which gets under way Wednesday, March 12, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2), who are seeded No. 1 for the first time since 1981, will join second-seeded Syracuse (27-4, 14-4), third-seeded Duke (24-7, 13-5) and fourth -seeded North Carolina (23-8, 13-5) in earning a double bye into Friday’s quarterfinal round.

The tournament, which for the first time will feature 15 teams and 14 total games, gets under way Wednesday with three first-round contests. No. 12 Wake Forest (16-15, 6-12)  faces No. 13 Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12) at 1 p.m., followed by No. 10 Miami (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech (9-21, 2-16) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday’s schedule concludes with a 7 p.m. game between No. 11 Georgia Tech (15-16, 6-12) and No. 14 Boston College (8-23, 4-14).

Thursday’s second-round schedule features four games, beginning with No. 8  Maryland (17-14, 9-9) taking on No. 9 Florida State (18-12, 9-9) at noon. No. 5 Pitt (23-8, 11-7) will face the Wake Forest-Notre Dame winner at 2 p.m., followed by No. 7 NC State (19-12, 9-9) against the Virginia Tech-Miami winner at 7 p.m.  The session concludes with No. 6 Clemson (19-11, 10-8) meeting the Georgia Tech-Boston College winner at 9 p.m.

Thursday’s winners advance to face the tournament’s top four seeds on Friday, when play will again resume at 12 noon.  The semifinals are set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship tipping on Sunday at 1 p.m. The tournament winner receives the ACC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

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Maryland tries to bounce back Saturday against Florida State

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to Comcast Center from a two-game road swing Saturday as it takes on Florida State at 3 p.m. The Terps — 3-1 in ACC play at home — are looking to avenge an 85-61 loss to the Seminoles earlier this season in Tallahassee, Fla.

Watch: ESPN2 – Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play), Sean Farnham (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius 92, XM 190

Storylines

• The Terrapins lead the all-time series against FSU, 29-14, including a 7-1 mark in Comcast Center. The series began in Florida State’s inaugural ACC season in 1992, when the Seminoles came away with a thrilling 91-83 overtime victory at Cole Field House.

• Junior Dez Wells continued his torrid scoring streak in the Terps’ loss at North Carolina, scoring 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting. The Raleigh, N.C. native has scored at least 18 points in four consecutive games, shooting 67 percent during that span for an average of 19.3 points/g.

• The Terps fell victim to a hot-shooting Florida State team in their first matchup on Jan. 12, when the Seminoles knocked down a season-high 16 3-point baskets. Take away the Maryland game, and FSU is averaging just five 3-pointers per game in ACC action.

• Junior Nick Faust scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead the Terps against the ‘Noles on Jan. 12, while Dez Wells added 15 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the charity stripe. Maryland will need better production from its bench, which was outscored 44-18 in the meeting.

• Maryland is 10-1 this season when holding opponents under 70 points. The Terps are also 12-1 when shooting a higher field goal percentage than their opponent and 10-1 when leading at the half.

North Carolina Beats Maryland, 75-63
Dez Wells scored 18 points, Evan Smotrycz added 14 points and Charles Mitchell pulled down 13 rebounds as Maryland fell to North Carolina 75-63 on Tuesday night.
Brice Johnson added 19 points on 8-for-8 shooting off the bench for the Tar Heels (15-7, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who jumped to a 16-point lead in the game’s opening minutes and led the entire way. North Carolina shot 49 percent, scored 19 points off turnovers and controlled the boards to beat the Terrapins (13-10, 5-5) for the 14th time in 18 meetings.
Trailing 19-3 in the opening minutes, the Terrapins locked down on defense and held the Tar Heels without a field goal for more than four minutes. An 8-0 run propelled the Terps to a three-point deficit late in the half.

Scouting Florida State
Maryland fell to Florida State in Tallahassee earlier this season, 85-61, as the Seminoles shot the lights out with 16 three-point baskets. Subtracting its game against Maryland, FSU is averaging just five 3-pointers per game in ACC play.
The ‘Noles have gone 3-4 since defeating the Terps, including a three-game stretch of losses to Duke, NC State and Clemson.
The Seminoles currently lead the conference in total blocks (124) due to the shot blocking prowess of Boris Bojanovsky (1.9/g). Florida State is also highly efficient from the field, collectively shooting 47 percent on the season.
Florida State has three players averaging more than 12 points — Aaron Thomas (13.0 ppg), Okaro White (12.7 ppg) and Ian Miller (12.7 ppg). White also leads the team in rebounds with 6.8/g.
Wells Continues Scoring Streak
Junior Dez Wells capped his fourth straight game with at least 18 points in an 18-point performance at North Carolina Tuesday. He shot 6-of-12 at the Smith Center, while also knocking down six free throws.
Wells has been on a torrid scoring pace since scoring 19 points against then-No. 20 Pittsburgh on Jan. 25, averaging 19.3 points on 67 percent shooting over the last four games.
The Raleigh, N.C. native’s best performance of the span came on Jan. 29 against Miami, when he scored all 21 of his points in the second half. Sidelined in the first half without taking a shot due to foul trouble, Wells went 7-for-7 from the field (6-for-6 FT’s) in the second half and knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining.

Statistically Speaking

  • Junior Evan Smotrycz has continued to shoot the ball well, shooting 55 percent (56 percent from 3-pt range) on 22-of-41 shooting over the last four games. He shot 9-of-36 (25 percent) in the previous three games.
  • Sophomore Jake Layman leads the Terps with 14.9 points/g on 49 percent shooting in home contests. He is also shooting a team-best 42 percent from 3-point land in Comcast Center.
  • Dez Wells is shooting a team-high 51 percent in Comcast, in addition to 85 percent from the free throw line (50-of-59).
  • Maryland is outrebounding opponents by an average margin of 8.1 rebound at home.
  • The Terps are 10-1 when leading at the half, and also 10-1 when holding opponents under 70 points. (see pg. 30 for all trends)

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Terps try to bounce back Sunday at Florida State

Posted on 11 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland continues a two-game ACC road swing as it travels to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Florida State on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

Watch: ESPNU – Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play), Jay Williams (Analyst), Allison Williams (Reporter)

Storylines

• The Terrapins and Seminoles have met every season since the series began in 1992, with Maryland holding a formidable 29-13 all-time advantage (10-9 on the road). Maryland won 15-of-16 meetings from Feb. 13, 1997 – Jan. 14, 2001.

• Sophomore Seth Allen shined in the Terps’ loss at Pittsburgh, shooting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc for a season-high 18 points. Since returning from a fractured left foot against Tulsa on Dec. 29, Allen has sparked Maryland with 12.3 points/g on 52 percent shooting from 3-point range.

• Junior guard Nick Faust has the most experience among current Terrapins against Florida State, averaging 10.7 points on 12-of-24 (.500) shooting in three career games. Dez Wells had 19 points in the teams’ last meeting on Jan. 30, 2013, while Charles Mitchell posted 10 points in 14 minutes.

• Transfer Evan Smotrycz has posted 14 points in back-to-back games, and is currently averaging 12.3 points through three ACC games (12.4/g overall). The junior is currently tied for second in the ACC with three double-doubles on the season.

• The Terps turned in their most efficient game of the season against Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, registering 16 assists against a season-low six turnovers. It was the least amount of turnovers for Maryland since March 21, 2010 against Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Maryland Falls to Pitt
Sophomore Seth Allen had a season-high 18 points and Evan Smotrycz added 14 as Maryland fell to Pittsburgh 79-59 on Jan. 6.
The Panthers (14-1, 2-0) shot 53 percent from the floor and pulled away from the Terrapins, who dropped their first ACC game of the season. Allen led Maryland (10-6, 2-1) but the Terrapins couldn’t keep up with the Panthers.
Durand Johnson keyed a late first-half surge that put Pitt in front and kept it going in the second half. The Panthers used a 15-7 burst to build a 13-point lead, then pulled away.
The Terrapins were looking for their first 3-0 start in ACC play since 2002, when they went on to win the national title behind Juan Dixon and Steve Blake.

Scouting Florida State
The Seminoles won their first conference game of the season Thursday night with a 56-41 road victory at Clemson. Florida State forced 18 turnovers and Clemson shot just 30 percent from the field as Ian Miller led all scorers with 15 points and five assists.
With Thursday’s win at Clemson, the ‘Noles have now won four of their last five contests, including a 60-55 victory over nationally-ranked Massachusetts on Dec. 21. FSU’s only loss during the span came in its ACC home opener against Virginia, 62-50.
Similar to the Terps, Florida State spreads the ball offensively with four players averaging at least 9.0 points/g, led by Miller (13.5/g). Okaro White, who has three double-doubles on the season, leads the team with 6.5 rebounds/g. Meanwhile, Aaron Thomas is third in the ACC in steals (2.21/g) and Boris Bojanovsky is third in blocks (2.14/g).

By the Numbers:

  • Evan Smotrycz has scored 14 points in back-to-back games, and has notched double-figures in four of his last five games.
  • Seth Allen has notched double-digit scoring totals in three-of-four games since returning from injury, and played a season-high 26 minutes at Pitt.
  • Both Nick Faust and Jake Layman were held without a 3-point field goal for the first time all season at Pitt. Faust was riding a streak of eight straight games, while Layman’s streak was snapped at seven.
  • Junior Jon Graham led the Terps in rebounds (5) at Pitt in just 12 minutes of action.
  • Maryland is 8-0 when leading at the half.
  • Maryland is 9-0 when opponents shoot below 40 percent.

Terps Cruise Past Georgia Tech
The Terrapins had four players score in double figures in Maryland’s 77-61 victory over Georgia Tech on Jan. 4 to move to 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 2002-03 season. They had 16 assists compared with only six turnovers, and nine players received significant playing time.
Maryland never trailed while launching the home portion of its final trip through the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Nick Faust scored 16, Evan Smotrycz contributed 14 points, Dez Wells added 11 and Charles Mitchell collected 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (10-5, 2-0).
In defeating Georgia Tech for the seventh-straight time at home, Maryland built a double-digit lead in the opening four minutes, upped the margin to 20 early in the second half and coasted to the finish.

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Maryland now 2-22 all time against Florida State

Posted on 05 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – No. 25 Maryland at No. 8 Florida State

Florida State 63, Maryland 0

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –

 

Kicking It Off: Maryland suffered its first loss of the season falling to Florida State, 63-0, on Saturday. The Terps fall to 4-1 overall, and 0-1 in the ACC. The Seminoles improve to 5-0 and 3-0 in the ACC. Florida State now leads the all-time series 22-2 and is 12-0 all-time at Doak Campbell Stadium against the Terps.

 

Under Center: With quarterback C.J. Brown out due to injury, Caleb Rowe stepped in midway through the second quarter and completed 9-of-17 passes for 119 yards. Rowe’s long pass of the day was a 26-yard completion to wide receiver Nigel King late in the third quarter.

 

On the Receiving End: Eight different Terps caught passes on Saturday led by wide receiver Deon Long. The junior wideout caught three passes for 77 yards and averaged 25.7 yards per catch. Nigel King had a season-high 46 receiving yards on three receptions, while Stefon Diggs finished with two receptions for 24 yards.

 

Defensive Notes: Defensive backs Sean Davis led the Terps with a career-high 12 tackles and a team-best nine solo … Anthony Nixon also totaled a career high with 10 tackles, eight solo … defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded his second sack of the season on Saturday and finished with three tackles for loss totaling 15 yards … linebacker Cole Farrand added a tackle for a loss of two yards … defensive lineman Zeke Riser saw his first action of the season and finished with one tackle.

 

– Maryland –

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Maryland visits Florida State Saturday in Top 25 showdown

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off its first bye week of the season, the Maryland football team opens its Atlantic Coast Conference slate in Tallahassee against the eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles Saturday from Doak S. Campbell Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 12:01 p.m. The Terps are riding a four-game winning streak and are off to their best start since the 2001 season when they won their first seven games en route to the ACC Championship. On Sunday, Maryland debuted in the The Associated Press Top 25 Poll at No. 25 making its first first appearance in the rankings since finishing 23rd in the final poll of the 2010 season.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPN & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN at noon. Dave Pasch (pbp). Brian Griese (color) and Tom Luginbill (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 91 and XM Radio Channel 91, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• Maryland’s defense stifled the Mountaineers at a rain-soaked M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Terps held WVU’s offense to 175 total yards, the lowest output by a West Virginia team since the Terps held WVU to 156 total yards in a 34-7 victory in College Park on Sept. 20, 2003. It is the second time this season Maryland has held an opponent under 200 yards of total offense (FIU, 8/31; 171 yards) and the first time the Terps held an opponent scoreless since beating Wake Forest, 26-0, on Oct. 18, 2008. In the win, Maryland forced six West Virginia turnovers, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions, the most created by the Terps since turning Georgia Tech over six times in a 20-17 overtime win in Atlanta on Oct. 11, 2001.

• With starting defensive backs Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle sidelined due to injury, defensive back A.J. Hendy turned in a superb performance with an interception and two fumble recoveries to earn the defensive game ball. Hendy’s interception put the Terps up 14-0 after the junior returned it 28 yards for the second Maryland touchdown of the game. Hendy’s interception was the second of his career with both being returned for touchdowns. The Bowie, Md., native picked off his first career pass against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, an interception he returned 32 yards for a score. For his efforts, Hendy became the first Maryland player to be named The Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. He also garnered ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors, and was named Jim Thorpe Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week and College Football Performance Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week.

• The Terps tallied two sacks against the Mountaineers to increase their season total to 17, which is tied for the lead in all of FBS. Defensive linemen Roman Braglio and Darius Kilgo each recorded a sack, while linebacker L.A. Goree led the team with nine tackles, five solo, including one tackle for loss. On the day, Maryland finished with eight tackles for loss led by Kilgo’s two. Adding to the Terps’ turnover total, defensive back Sean Davis and linebacker Matt Robinson each recovered a fumble, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil intercepted his first career pass.

• Despite being held to under 500 yards of total offense for the first time this season, quarterback C.J. Brown and the Maryland offense continued to run up the point total. The Terps have totaled 30 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since the 2002 season. Brown threw for 210 yards (17-of-26) and passed for a touchdown and ran for another. Brown connected with tight end Dave Stinebaugh for the opening score of the game marking Stinebaugh’s first career touchdown reception. Wide receiver Deon Long led the Terps with six catches for 98 yards and running back Brandon Ross rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock connected on all three of his field goal attempts against WVU including a season-long 50 yarder. Craddock, who was named College Football Performance National Placekicker of the Week, leads the ACC with 10 made FGs and is averaging a conference-best 2.5 field goals a game. His lone miss this season came from 52 yards at Connecticut (9/14), which would have tied his career long.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s 37-0 shutout victory over West Virginia is the Terps’ first shutout since blanking Wake Forest, 26-0, on Oct. 18, 2008, and is the first time the Terps shutout the Mountaineers since defeating them 33-0 in 1999. Of Maryland’s 22 victories over the Mountaineers, the Terps have held WVU scoreless in five of the contests.

• The Terps stifled the WVU offense holding the Mountaineers to 175 total yards marking the second time in four games the Maryland defense has held its opponent under 200 yards of total offense. In its season opener, Maryland held FIU to 171 total yards (8/31) and now has two of the top-25 defensive performances in terms of yardage. The 171-yard output by the Panthers is the 20th-lowest total nationally amongst FBS schools, while the 175 yards by WVU is the 25th lowest.

• Additionally, after holding West Virginia to 175 yards of total offense, Maryland has now recorded two of the top-10 defensive performances in school history since the 2000 season. FIU’s 171 total yards in the team’s season opener (8/31) is the seventh-lowest total since 2000, while WVU’s 175 total yards is the eighth-lowest total.

• A stout passing defense has keyed the early season success for the Terps. Maryland has held two of their opponents below 100 yards passing this season with the performance against WVU ranking as one of the best in the country. The Terps held West Virginia to 62 passing yards, which is the 19th fewest allowed, and opened the season by holding FIU (Aug. 31) to 80 yards passing.

• The defense has been extremely successfully in getting off the field and getting the ball in the offense’s hands. Maryland ranks ninth nationally in third-down defense holding opponents to a 25.4 percent success rate and has forced 26 three-and-outs. Maryland is averaging 6.5 three-and-outs per game, which is tied for seventh nationally and has forced the opposing offense off the field in three plays or less in 45.6 percent of its defensive possessions, which is the 11th-highest percentage nationally.

• With a string of strong defensive performances to open the season, Maryland is the third-ranked scoring defense in the country holding opponents to 10.3 points per game. That mark is the lowest average for a Maryland defense through four games since the 1980 season when the Terps held their first four opponents to an average of 9.3 points per game (Villianova, 3; Vanderbilt, 6; West Virginia, 11; North Carolina, 17).

• With six takeaways against West Virginia, the Terps increased their season total to 13, which is tied for fifth nationally with four other schools and their eight interceptions are tied for eighth. Maryland has at least two takeaways in every game this season and dating back to last year has recorded at least one takeaway in nine straight games. The six takeaways against the Mountaineers marks the most since the Terps recovered three fumbles and intercepted three passes against Georgia Tech on Oct. 11, 2001.

• Defensive back A.J. Hendy’s 28-yard interception return for a touchdown against West Virginia was Maryland’s second non-offensive touchdown in as many games. The last time Maryland scored a non-offensive touchdown in consecutive games came in 2010. Tony Logan returned a punt for a touchdown against FIU on Sept. 25, and added another punt return for a touchdown the following week against Duke (Oct. 2).

• Hendy and fellow defensive back Dexter McDougle have each returned an interception for a touchdown this season. Since 2009, the Terps have 19 non-offensive touchdowns, that total is the most in the ACC.

• With 37 points against the Mountaineers, the Terps have scored 30 or more points in all four contests this season. The last time the Terps scored 30 or points in four or more consecutive games came in 2002. Maryland topped 30 points in six consecutive games starting with Eastern Michigan (45, 9/21/02) and ending at North Carolina (59, 11/2/02). Maryland is averaging 39.8 points per game placing the Terps in a tie for the 28th-highest scoring offense in the country.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown and the Maryland offense has been attacking defenses down the field. The Terps are averaging 15.3 yards per completion, the 10th-highest total in the country, and Brown is averaging 15.8, best in the ACC and seventh nationally. The 15.3 yards per completion is the highest average for a Maryland offense since 1980.

• Brown’s primary threat downfield has been wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs is averaging a league-high 22.2 yards per catch and for his career is averaging 17.3 yards per reception, the third-highest average among active players in the ACC with a minimum of 30 receptions. In addition, his 22.2 yards per catch average is the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 15 or more catches.

• With 236 yards of total offense against WVU, Brown passed Al Neville (2,734) for 22nd all-time for total offensive yards in a career in Maryland history with 2,754 yards. Brown leads the ACC with 331.5 yards of total offense per game and ranks 12th nationally.


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), linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (defense), and long snapper Joe Marchese (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Keith Bowers will carry the American flag, and running back Kenneth Goins 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 Florida State game are running back Brandon Ross (offense), defensive back Anthony Nixon (defense), and linebacker Matt Robinson (special teams).


Maryland-Florida State Series History

• Saturday will mark Maryland’s 24th all-time meeting between Maryland and Florida State. The Terrapins trail the all-time series with Seminoles, 2-21, and are 0-11 at Doak S. Campbell Stadium.

• Florida State has won six straight in the series including its defeat of the Terps, 41-14, in College Park last season.

•.Maryland’s last victory over the Seminoles came in 2006. The Terps defeated FSU, 27-24, at Byrd Stadium.

 

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Terps WR Cheeseboro out Saturday after concussion

Posted on 03 October 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

at Florida State

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
LS Christian Carpenter Knee Out
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Head Out
RB Tyler Cierski Calf Out
K Adam Greene Quad Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Out
OL Nick Klemm Foot Out
WR Daniel Adams Knee Probable
OL Silvano Altamirano Back Probable
DL Zeke Riser Foot Probable

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Terps OC Locksley thinks week off will help preparation for Tallahassee

Posted on 02 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

 

On Florida State’s defense and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner:

 

“They’re a very typical Florida State defense from our standpoint. I’ve had a chance to play against Florida State quite a bit during my tenure here at Maryland, and this defense is as talented as those defenses that I’ve faced back when I was here before. Joyner is an exceptional football player, like you said. Not just a great corner. They move him around, play him at nickel, he pass rushes, he’s a guy who you need to know where he is and you need to account for.”

 

On reviewing the game film from Florida State’s game at Boston College:

 

“Anytime we watch film, we would hope we that we’re able to find some things we need to try to take advantage of. They’re well-rounded and BC is a little different than we are schematically. I thought Florida State obviously came out with a win, and they did enough to win the ball game.

 

“For us, it always starts with us first and foremost, taking care of the things we can control with not turning the ball over, executing at a high level, making sure we convert the third downs, and then obviously scoring touchdowns in the red zone is real important. To beat a good team like Florida State, you got to have a few breaks go your way, and our guys need to make sure we give ourselves a chance by getting the game into the fourth quarter.”

 

On bye-week adjustments:

 

“I think we started out pretty well as far as, I like to say, staying clean with the turnovers the last couple of games, especially in the West Virginia game, whether it due to rain or lack of security of the ball, we went back and made sure that we’re reemphasizing, we’ve got to take care of the football to be any good on offense. We definitely hit some of the fundamentals and technical things that you do during the bye week. Coach [Edsall] obviously adjusted practice schedule to where we had more individual time, so we were able to go back to some of the foundation and fundamental things that it takes to be successful.”

 

On preparing for the crowd noise at Doak Campbell Stadium:

 

“We have the whole two weeks. For me it’s a little nerve-wracking with the music turned up loud. For two straight weeks, I think it’s good for our players. It makes them focus in, have to really pay attention to seeing the ball and locking in from a focus standpoint. Again, what a great atmosphere, it’s what coach shared with our guys, what a great opportunity to go play in front of a big crowd, and on the road, having played down there it’s a great atmosphere.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston:

 

“I think Winston is doing a great job right now as a redshirt freshman as far as controlling the offense, getting the ball to the right guys and reading coverages. [He] does a good job improvising also. He’s a special player and it’s a great challenge for us.”

 

On Jameis Winston’s escape ability:

 

“Luckily or unluckily, we’ve played a lot of quarterbacks that have that escape ability. When we played against ODU, I thought that was one of the better guys I saw move around a little bit. That being the case, I think you’ve just got to practice and simulate that with our backup quarterbacks to help us on scout team. They do a great job of doing that; moving around and throwing the ball late.”

 

On slowing down Florida State’s offense:

 

“Our basic defensive philosophy is to stop the run and then make the team one-dimensional, and then we play from there. That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to go out there and load up the box, stop the run and try to get them to be one-dimensional. The score of the game also helps that, and then we’ll be able to play the pass game from there.”

 

On Maryland’s increase in team speed over the last year:

 

“It’s always a work in progress. I like our guys. Our team speed and our recruiting has picked up since I’ve been here. I’m excited about the young guys we have.

 

“The consistency in the offensive and defensive philosophies has helped our team play fast. The smarter you are, the faster you play. I think that’s the big key.”

 

On his confidence in the defensive backs playing man-to-man defense against Florida State’s wide receivers:

 

“Watching us play West Virginia, we didn’t play man coverage at all. They had to cover the routes and be where they were supposed to be. Every game presents a different challenge. We just go with the flow of the game, but as we prepare for them, I’ve got confidence in all the DBs, from Sean Davis to Will Likely, that we could play some man if we wanted to do that at a high level. “

 

– Maryland –

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Edsall says FSU QB Winston reminiscent of Manuel

Posted on 01 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

 

“We got a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous challenge as we head down to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. Florida State is an outstanding football team that is really putting up impressive numbers offensively. They are also very aggressive defensively. They are undefeated this time. I thought that we had a good week of practice during the off week and got a little ahead of the game. We did a little bit more on Sunday than we normally do, and now we can get back and go through the game plan. We will work it on all this week and then head down to Tallahassee and our hopefully able to come away with a win.”

 

On if the 4-0 start has changed the vibe while out recruiting:

 

“It was great to be 4-0 and go out recruiting. There was a better reception to us being out there and people taking notice. I also think that even ramped up a little bit after West Virginia beat Oklahoma State this weekend. But people see what we’ve done so far this year, and now all we have to do is go out and play and continue to get better each and every day. If we do that, people will take more notice. So we just have to go out and keep on getting better and play the way that we played against West Virginia.”

 

On Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston:

 

“When you look at him physically, he looks a little bit like E.J. Manuel in terms of his body type. But he is just a very good player. He is strong and a big guy. He is tough to bring down and has got good escape ability. He’s got really strong arms and can make all the throws. Really good people surround him and he is executing the offense very well. He is somebody that you can see is doing all of the things that they are asking him to do.  He is a very good football player and someone who you are concerned with when you have to go up against him on defense. He’s a guy that has the ability to throw the ball and has the ability to do something with his feet. When you get that type of quarterback, it makes the job very difficult for the defense.”

 

On preparing for Florida State’s team speed:

 

“I think what you have to do is execute at a very high level. You have to make sure that you take advantage of your opportunities that you have. I think you do have the ability to make some big plays based on their aggressive natures. We have to make sure to execute and make sure everyone does their job, so it allows us to get those big plays.”

 

On Maryland’s team speed compared to two seasons ago:

 

“I think our team speed has gotten better. I think that when you watch Florida State, they’re very fast and athletic. But I think we’ve gotten faster and more athletic in two years. Again, what we’ve got to do is make sure we go down there and get everybody to do their job and get everybody to play with a high level of confidence and play hard. If you do that, then you got a chance to go and win.”

 

On linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil:

 

“Well, when you get to see Yannik, and just compared to when he came here and how he’s really handled himself and conducted himself on the field, off the field, in the weight room. When you see the work ethic that he’s displayed since he’s been here, and really, the leadership qualities that he’s displayed, those are the things that make it easy for you as a coach to say ‘Hey, this guy’s got to find a place to play’ because he does everything the way it’s supposed to be done.

 

“I think he has a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. It’s something that he’s wanted to prove in terms of being up in Towson and the going to a Division II school that he believed enough in his own abilities to come here and compete and then earn a scholarship. I just love the way the guy handles himself. Just a tremendous work ethic and he’s had that work ethic from the day that he’s gotten here to the day he was awarded a scholarship. He kept working, kept doing those things. I’ve been around enough people in my lifetime to know if they have that ability, that focus, drive, determination that Yannik has, they’re going to be successful and those are the kinds of people you want to surround yourself with.“

 

On the increased level of high school talent in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area:

 

“Well, I’ve always been very fond of the players from the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia) because of the fact, where I was previously, we had quite a few players from this area who came and played well and contributed to a whole lot of success that we had. One of the things is there’s so many more youth programs that were started here in the state, that this state has a lot of really good athletes. And now what’s happening, they’re getting involved at a younger age and they’re being developed a little bit earlier. But again, I think people recognize the talent that’s in this area and again you’re never going to keep everybody at home because some players want to get away from home. Some want to stay, but you do your best to keep those guys that have the academics, have the athletic ability, and have the character and work ethic that you’re looking for to keep them here. Again, I think you just take a look at earlier this year when you saw all these teams playing teams throughout the country, from Florida, [New] Jersey and all that, the teams here from the state of Maryland and the District won and held their own. I think this area is recognized as one with a lot of talent. You want to make sure you get the guys that fit what you’re looking for and you want to keep as many of those guys here that you possibly can.”

 

On linebacker Marcus Whitfield’s emergence:

 

“The beauty of what I do is to be able to see young people when they first come here and see how innocent or how shy they might be and just to see the ability in them, and then you watch them grow over two to three years, four years and to see how they develop and Marcus is really one of those kids. When I first met Marcus, he was kind of shy, wasn’t a real confident person in my opinion, he might tell you different, but just my experience from what I saw. I just saw a guy that had ability and it’s just neat to see how he’s kind of grown out of that and developed into a young man whose a father now, whose more confident, it’s just, he’s got a smile on his face all the time. He communicates so much more than what he used to. He’s having success on the field doing the things that were asking him to do. He’s going to be graduating here at the end of the semester, just a neat kid.

 

“I think one of the things that helped him is Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil coming in and pushing him because Yannik sat out last year and Marcus was playing and I think he might have seen how hard Yannik works, and if he wants a chance to be the starter then he’s going to have to work. Those two guys have a really good relationship, but he’s a young man that you just like being around. “

 

– Maryland –

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