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Monroe, Whitfield lead strong defensive effort for Terps in win over NC State

Posted on 01 December 2013 by WNST Staff

RALEIGH, N.C. –

Kicking It Off: The Terps closed the regular season with a 41-21 victory over NC State to improve to 7-5, 3-5 in the ACC. NC State finishes the year 3-9 and 0-8 in the conference. With the win, Maryland ties the all-time series at 33-33-4 and improves to 16-18-1 on the road against the Wolfpack.

Dual Threat: Quarterback C.J. Brown accounted for five touchdowns with three on the ground and two through the air equaling his total against FIU (Aug. 31) to open the season. It is the most touchdowns accounted for by a Maryland player since Scott McBrien accounted for six against North Carolina on Nov. 1, 2003.

It is the sixth time this season Brown has thrown for and rushed for at least one touchdown. His three rushing touchdowns are the most in a single game for a Terrapin since D.J. Adams scored four times on the ground against East Carolina in the Military Bowl on Dec. 29, 2010.

In addition for his career, Brown has accounted for 35 touchdowns, which is tied for the sixth-highest total in school history, and his accounted for 23 touchdowns this season, which is the fourth most at Maryland.

With 138 yards rushing, Brown eclipsed the 100-yard plateau for the seventh time in his career and fourth time this season. His seven career 100-yard rushing performances is the most among active quarterbacks in the ACC and is tied with Navy’s Keenan Reynolds for the sixth most nationally among active signal callers in FBS.

The 138 yards rushing is the third-best rushing performance by a quarterback in school history and the most by a quarterback since Brown ran for a school-record 162 yards against Clemson on Oct. 15, 2011.

Air It Out: Maryland’s first touchdown of the afternoon came on a 53-yard pass from Brown to wide receiver Nigel King. For King, it is his fourth touchdown of the season and fifth of his career. The 53-yard reception is a career long for the wideout. The scoring strike was the fourth-longest scoring pass this season for the Terps.

34 in the First: The Terps put up 34 points in the first half on Saturday. It is the second-highest total of the season (40 vs. FIU, Aug. 31) and the most first-half points in an ACC game for the Terps since scoring 34 in Raleigh against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011.

Monroe and Whitfield Moving Up: Defensive lineman Andre Monroe finished with a team-high two sacks, while linebacker Marcus Whitfield added one. Monroe increased his season total to 8.5 sacks with Whitfield moving to a team-high nine. His nine sacks is the 11th-highest single-season total in school history, while Monroe’s 8.5 sacks is tied for the 12th most.

Etta-Tawo Over 100: Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo eclipsed 100 yards receiving for the second time this season and the second time in his career. Etta-Tawo finished with game-high 101 yards receiving on four catches including a career-long 44-yard reception. Etta-Tawo finished with a career-best 109 yards receiving against Syracuse on Nov. 9 of this season. It is the sixth 100-yard receiving game this season for the Terps.

Defensive Notes: The Terps defense finished with a season-high 13 TFL led by a career-best 3.5 from linebacker Matt Robinson … Robinson had a game-high and career-high 17 tackles, eight solo … Maryland totaled five sacks led by Monroe’s two … Whitfield had one, linebacker Shawn Petty had one, and linebacker Yannick Ngakoue and Robinson each had 0.5 … defensive back William Likely tied a career high with 11 tackles.

– Maryland –

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Maryland plays final ACC game Saturday at NC State

Posted on 29 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team closes its regular season on the road as the Terps visit Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh to take on NC State at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday will be the 70th all-time meeting in a series dating back to 1909 with the two teams having played every season since 1956. Virginia is the only team that the Terps have played more often (78). The Wolfpack have won the last two meetings in Raleigh (2009 and 2011) and have won three of four overall. The Terps last win at Carter-Finley Stadium came in 2007, a 37-0 win over the Wolfpack, which was the Terps’ largest margin of victory in the series.

LIVE Coverage on ACC Network & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the ACC Network at 12:30 p.m. Tim Brant (pbp), Dave Archer (color) and Rachel Baribeau (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.

First-and-10

• The Terps lost to Boston College on Saturday as place kicker Nate Freese hit a career-long 52-yard field goal as time expired to send the Eagles past the Terps, 29-26. The two teams combined for 25 fourth quarter points, the third-highest combined point total in a quarter this season. Maryland and Clemson combined for 35 points in the fourth quarter on Oct. 26, and Maryland and FIU combined for 34 second quarter points on Aug. 31.

• Defensive back Anthony Nixon achieved a program first for Maryland on Saturday. Following Alex Amidon’s 74-yard touchdown reception for BC, linebacker Marcus Whitfield blocked the ensuing point after attempt. Nixon snatched the ball out of the air and raced 98 yards for the defensive extra point. It marked the first time in program history the Terps have scored a defensive extra point and it is the first defensive extra point scored by an ACC team since Duke’s Kyler Brown intercepted a two-point attempt against FIU on Sept. 1 of last year. For Whitfield, he is the first Terp to block a PAT since A.J. Francis did it against Georgia Tech on Nov. 3, 2012.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown completed 19 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 22 yards and a score. It is the sixth time this season Brown has rushed for at least one touchdown and passed for one touchdown in the same game. That total is tied for the most in the ACC with Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. In addition, Brown has now accounted for 18 touchdowns this season which ties him with Boomer Esiason for the 10th-highest single-season total in school history, and is now tied for 12th all-time with 30 for his career.

• Brown increased his season rushing total to 400 yards and moved into third all-time for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season. Brown is 48 yards shy of tying Mark Manges (448 yards, 1976) for second. The senior signal caller holds the single-season all-time record with 574 yards rushing in 2011.

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his second career touchdown against the Eagles, a 33-yard completion from Brown. With Etta-Tawo’s second touchdown catch of the season, the Terps now have five receivers with two or more touchdown receptions. That total is the most since five different Terps totaled two or more touchdown receptions in 2006.

• Defensive back Sean Davis, who leads the team in tackles with 83, intercepted his second pass of the season and his career when he picked off BC quarterback Chase Rettig in the second quarter on Saturday. Linebacker Alex Twine led the team with a season-high 10 tackles including a team-best 1.5 TFL

• Defensive back William Likely continues to be a threat in the kicking game. Likely averaged 30.67 yards on three kickoff returns including a career-long 50-yard return. Likely is averaging 26.2 yards per return on the season, which ranks third in the ACC and 22nd nationally. Likely’s average currently ranks sixth all-time in program history in a single season. Last season, wide receiver Stefon Diggs set the program record for a freshman averaging 28.52 yards per kickoff return. John Schultz holds the program record for yards per return in a single season with a 31.00 yards per return average in 1975.


Brown on the Ground

• With 22 yards rushing against Boston College, quarterback C.J. Brown increased his season total to 400 yards rushing. That total is the third-highest single-season total in school history for a QB. Brown is 48 rushing yards shy of tying Mark Manges (448 yards, 1976) for second all-time. Brown holds the single-season program record with 574 yards rushing in 2011.

• Brown tied his season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries and two touchdowns at Virginia Tech (Nov. 16).

• It marked Brown’s sixth career 100-yard rushing performance, which is tops among active quarterbacks in the ACC and ranks seventh among FBS schools. In addition, the total is tied for the seventh-best rushing performance by a Maryland quarterback in school history. The senior signal-caller holds seven of those performances with three coming this season.

• His six career 100-yard rushing games are tied for sixth all-time at Maryland. He is one shy of tying Louis Carter (1972-74) for fifth all-time.

• Brown’s 23 carries are the most for a Terrapin quarterback since Jamarr Robinson carried the ball 24 times against Virginia Tech on Nov. 14, 2009.

• Brown now has 14 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Alvin Maddox (1975-78) for 19th in Maryland history. His nine rushing TDs this season is tied for the 18th-highest single-season total in school history.


Program First

• Defensive back Anthony Nixon became the first Maryland player in program history to score a defensive extra point on Saturday against Boston College.

• Nixon snagged the ball out of the air following a blocked PAT by linebacker Marcus Whitfield and ran 98 yards down the sidelines for two points. Whitfield’s block was the first for a Terrapin since A.J. Francis blocked a PAT against Georgia Tech on Nov. 3, 2012.

• It marked the first defensive extra point by an ACC team since Sept. 1 of last season when Duke’s Kyler Brown returned an interception 98 yards against FIU.

• It is only the seventh time in ACC history a defensive extra point has been scored.


It’s Good

• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted from 43 yards on Saturday for his 17th field goal of the season. Craddock’s 17 field goals is tied for the second-most in the ACC.

• Craddock’s season total is the most by a Maryland kicker in a single season since Dan Ennis made 17 field goals in 2005. The total is tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in school history.

• The sophomore has converted 81.0 percent (17-of-21) of his field goal attempts this season, a mark which ranks fourth in program history for a single season.


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 Tejiri Erhie (offense), defensive lineman Azubuike Ukandu (defense), and defensive back Tony Perry (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive back Isaac Goins will carry the American flag, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadership council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the NC State game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and defensive back William Likely (special teams).


Maryland-NC State Series History

•Maryland and NC State meet for the 70th time on Saturday. Maryland and NC State have played every season since 1956. Virginia is the only team the Terps have played more often all-time (78). Maryland has also played North Carolina 70 times.

• NC State holds a narrow 33-32-4 advantage over Maryland in a series that began in 1909. In Raleigh, Maryland is 15-18-1.

• The Wolfpack have won two in a row in the series and three of the last four games. Maryland’s last win came at home in 2010, 38-31. The Terps’ last win in Raleigh came in 2007, 37-0.


Media Information

• Terps on the Web: For up-to-date game stories, statistics, schedules and results, and other Maryland athletic department information, please log-on to www.umterps.com on the Internet.

-Maryland-

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Maryland DB Johnson could return Saturday against NC State

Posted on 28 November 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

at NC State

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Upper Body Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs Leg Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
WR Deon Long Leg Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara Shoulder Out for the season
LS Greg Parcher Abdomen Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
WR DeAndre Lane Hamstring Out
LB Alex Twine Ankle Out
WR Malcolm Culmer Ankle Doubtful
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Questionable
LB Cole Farrand Shoulder Questionable
DB Zach Dancel Hip Probable
TE Dave Stinebaugh Knee Probable

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Maryland looks to take next step to bowl eligibility Saturday against NC State

Posted on 19 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Led by a defense that ranks as one of the nation’s best, Maryland is 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time since 2001. The Terps, coming off victories over Wake Forest and Virginia, will look to improve to 3-0 in the league for just the second time since winning three straight ACC Championships from 1983-85, when it takes on NC State in its Homecoming game. Maryland and NC State have met 68 times in history, and the all-time series is even at 32-32-4. The Terps have won three straight over the Wolfpack in College Park and five of the last six.

First-and-10

• With another gutty fourth quarter performance, Maryland held on to beat Virginia, 27-20, last Saturday. The Cavaliers cut Maryland’s lead to 17-13 with 0:29 left in the third quarter, but the Terps scored the game’s next 10 points and held on late. In Maryland’s four wins, the Terps average margin of victory is just 5.5 points, and the opponent has been within a tying score at some point in the fourth quarter in each of those games. The Terps, though, have outscored opponents 51-31 in the final stanza and have received key defensive stops when it’s mattered most.

• The Terps rank ninth nationally in total defense (278.7 ypg), tied for ninth in rushing defense (95.5 ypg) and 18th in passing defense (183.2 ypg). Though Virginia tallied 168 rushing yards, the most by a Maryland opponent this season, the Terps have been tough against the run with an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield. Those three have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 2.65 yards per rush, which ranks seventh nationally. The Terps received a major boost to their linebacking corps with the return of Kenneth Tate in the West Virginia game. Tate, a 2010 consensus first team All-ACC choice, had missed the previous 11 games dating back to the 2011 season due to a knee injury. The fifth-year senior has already made an impact in his three games back: he has 15 tackles, two for a loss, a sack, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

• Vellano and Darin Drakeford have been the biggest contributors for a Maryland defense which has been disruptive in the opponent backfield – Maryland’s 7.8 tackles for loss per game are tied for 11th in the FBS and its 3.0 sacks per game are tied for 14th. Drakeford, who was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week for his performance at Virginia, ranks third in the ACC with 0.75 sacks per game and is second on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss. That trails only Vellano with 11.0, which leads the conference and ranks 13th nationally.

• Offensively and on special teams, wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to be Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and went on to catch four passes for 89 yards. Over the last three games he’s averaging 102.3 receiving yards per game, while his 168.8 all-purpose yards per game this season lead the ACC and rank ninth nationally. Additionally, Diggs ranks second in the conference in yards per catch (21.6) and has earned ACC weekly honors in each of Maryland’s last three games (Rookie of the Week – WVU, Wake Forest; Specialst of the Week – Virginia).

• Quarterback Perry Hills, who is just the third true freshman quarterback to start for Maryland in school history (Randall Jones in 1998; Latrez Harrison in 1999), is directing the offense. Hills had his best collegiate game against West Virginia when he finished 20 of 29 for 305 yards and three touchdowns, all season highs. He led Maryland on the game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter of the season opener against William & Mary, and was named ACC Rookie of the Week after going 11 of 21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Temple. Hills has been at his best in the fourth quarter, having completed 24 of 35 passes for 390 yards and two touchdowns in the final stanza.


Quick Hitters

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors in three straight games, and a Terp has captured Linebacker of the Week honors in two straight games. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22) and Wake Forest (10/6) and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13). Demetrius Hartsfield earned Linebacker of the Week for his play against Wake Forest, while Darin Drakeford received the award against Virginia.

• For the first time since 1999, Maryland held its opponent under 300 yards of total offense in four of the season’s first five games. Only No. 17 West Virginia exceeded the 300 mark against the Terrapins (363). In the sixth game of the season, Virginia also broke the 300 mark (386).

• Diggs ranks eighth in the conference and first among freshmen with 75.5 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 21 catches for 453 yards, is averaging 21.6 yards per catch. That ranks second among ACC receivers and sixth among the top-100 receivers (yards per game) nationally.

• Diggs is the only Maryland freshman to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (vs. West Virginia and Wake Forest) since at least 1985, the earliest game-by-game statistics were recorded at the school.

• Maryland allowed Wake Forest to complete just 32.4 percent of its passes (13 of 38). That is the lowest percentage by an opponent with at least 30 passing attempts since Duke went 13 of 42 (30.9%) on Nov. 14, 1998.

• Joe Vellano’s father, Paul Vellano, was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. The elder Vellano was a first team All-American in 1973, while Joe was a second team All-American in 2011. The father-son combo represent one of four known father-son All-America combos to attend the same FBS school (also Lee and Travis McGriff at Florida; Kevin and Drew Butler at Georgia; Archie and Eli Manning at Ole Miss).

• Thirteen players have made their first career starts at some point this season. In the season opener against William & Mary, quarterback Perry Hills, running back Albert Reid, safety Sean Davis, defensive back Jeremiah Johnson, linebacker Cole Farrand, nose tackle Darius Kilgo and offensive lineman Nick Klemm debuted. Against Connecticut, wide receiver Stefon Diggs made his first career start; defensive back Isaac Goins and running back Brandon Ross made their starting debuts at West Virginia. Defensive back Anthony Nixon and offensive linemen Mike Madaras and Andrew Zeller made their first starts vs. Wake Forest.

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 22 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (12 true freshmen, seven redshirt freshmen, two juniors, one senior).

• Maryland’s defense allowed just 682 total yards to opponents through its first three games (William & Mary – 229, Temple – 230, Connecticut – 223). That marks its best defensive performance in a three-game span since 2004, when it held The Citadel (137), West Virginia (156) and Eastern Michigan (275) to a total of 568.

• West Virginia came into its game with Maryland averaging 612 yards of total offense and 55.5 points per game. The Terps held the Mountaineers well below those averages, surrendering 363 yards and 31 points, seven of which came on a fumble return for a TD by the WVU defense.

• The Terps surrendered just 45 yards to Wake Forest in the second half, including just four in the fourth quarter. Maryland has been at its best in the second half all year, surrendering just 133.3 yards on average.

• The Terps are holding opponents to 2.65 yards per carry, which ranks seventh nationally. Of the opponents’ 216 rushing attempts this season, 147 (68.1%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest; 25 of 42 vs. Virginia).

• Demetrius Hartsfield leads the team with 51 tackles and is tied for second with three sacks. He’s also had a hand in three turnovers, also a team high (one interception, two fumble recoveries).

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In six games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 30:50 to 29:10 for the opponent. That’s a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.

• Head coach Randy Edsall hands out game balls for each win. Most recently, Darin Drakeford received the defensive game ball and Stefon Diggs got the special teams game ball.

• Against William & Mary, Perry Hills became the first true freshman starter at quarterback for Maryland since Latrez Harrison in 1999. He also became the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall on Sept. 2, 1999, in a 6-0 win over Temple.

• Nine bowl teams from last year appear on Maryland’s 2012 schedule: Temple (Gildan New Mexico Bowl), West Virginia (Discover Orange Bowl), Wake Forest (Franklin American Mortgage Music City), Virginia (Chick-fil-A Bowl), NC State (Belk Bowl), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Clemson (Discover Orange Bowl), Florida State (Champs Sports Bowl) and UNC (AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl).


Maryland-NC State Series History

• Saturday’s game marks the 69th 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 series is split evenly (32-32-4).

• 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 eight of 12 in the series since 2000, with the games frequently ending in dramatic fashion. Aside from a 37-0 Maryland win in 2007, the 10 games since 2000 have been decided by an average of 6.5 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.

• Maryland has won three straight in College Park: 26-20 in 2006, 27-24 in 2008 and 38-31 in 2010. The Terrapins hold a 17-12-2 all-time advantage in the series in College Park and have lost to the Wolfpack just once at home since 2000.

• Last year, NC State overcame a 27-point deficit by scoring 35 points in the fourth quarter for a 56-41 win. It was the second biggest comeback in ACC history.

Hill to be Honored
• The University of Maryland department of athletics will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Darryl Hill becoming the first African-American player to play at the University of Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference, when the Terrapins take on NC State Saturday afternoon. Hill, head coach Randy Edsall and director of athletics Kevin Anderson will also hold a press conference at noon on Tuesday, which can be seen here.

• Hill transferred to Maryland in 1962 and after sitting out one year he broke the color barrier in 1963, playing his first home game against NC State in College Park. Hill was also the first African-American to play at Gonzaga High School and the Naval Academy.

• Hill emerged as Maryland’s top wide receiver in 1963, finishing with 43 receptions, only three short of the school record at the time. Hill’s seven touchdown receptions that year are tied for the fifth most in a single season in school history.

• He played with the New York Jets for a short period before returning to school and earning a master’s degree from Southern Illinois. He has started businesses in China, Russia as well as the Pacific Energy Corporation. He also returned to Maryland for a period to serve as a Maryland’s director of major gifts.

 

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