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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: U.S. Open Cup-DC United @ Real Salt Lake (Tuesday 9pm from Sandy, UT live on GolTV), MLS: Chicago Fire @ DC United (Friday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); College Soccer: Tulsa @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Ludwig Field), Boston College @ Maryland (Friday 7:30pm Ludwig Field); Delaware @ UMBC (Tuesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Friday 9pm from Visalia, CA live on SpikeTV); Fall Ball Lacrosse: Play for Parkinson’s feat. Towson, Loyola, Air Force, Georgetown (Saturday 10am Episcopal School Alexandria); Navy @ UMBC (Saturday 12pm UMBC Stadium); Boxing: Miguel Cotto vs. Delvin Rodriguez/Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alexander Povetkin (Saturday 9:45pm from Orlando/Moscow live/on HBO)

10. Flaming Lips/Tame Impala (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Raheem DeVaughn (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Take 6 (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Bodeans (Thursday & Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Phil Vassar (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Portugal. The Man (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), All Time Low (Monday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Big Boi (Wednesday 8pm Howard Theatre); Boyce Avenue (Friday 6:30pm 9:30 Club), The Naked and Famous (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Colin Hay (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Grouplove (Tuesday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Daryl Hall & John Oates (Wednesday 8pm Warner Theatre), Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre); Two Door Cinema Club (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), The Weeknd (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience Part 2 of 2″, Lorde “Pure Heroin” and Rush “Vapor Trails” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ll be in Fed Hill Saturday night for Sister Sparrow. Jay-Z used to be the best thing to come from Brooklyn.

Support our friends from All Time Low. They represent Charm City in a tremendous way.

I’d drive down to DC to see The Naked and Famous. They’re fun.

There’s no such thing as too much Justin Timberlake.

9. Amy Schumer (Friday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Aries Spears (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Richard Lewis (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Fells Point Fun Festival (Friday-Sunday Fells Point); Sugarloaf Crafts Festival (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds); DogFest (Saturday 10am Baltimore Humane Society); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); “This Is The End” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Gravity“, “Runner Runner” and “A.C.O.D.” out in theaters (Friday)

Amy Schumer is a Towson alum. She’s the third best (1-My fiancee, 2-Rob Ambrose). Questionable for work.

“This Is The End” was the funniest movie of the summer. In fairness, it wasn’t a very funny summer.

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Terps DL Minter out for season with knee injury

Posted on 30 September 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

Filed: 09/30/13

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Snaer’s late three buries Terps

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Michael Snaer made a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to lift Florida State to a 73-71 win over Maryland on Wednesday.

It was the second last-gasp 3-pointer in seven days for Snaer, who also lifted the Seminoles to a 60-57 win when he banked in a 25-footer at the buzzer to beat Clemson. Snaer also had two buzzer-beating 3-pointers last season to give Florida State wins over Duke and Virginia Tech.

Snaer had 19 points and Okaro White added 14 points for Florida State (12-8, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Maryland’s Dez Wells scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half, but the Terrapins fell short as Alex Len, who averages 13 points per game, scored a season-low four points.

The Terrapins (15-6, 3-5) have lost two straight, including Saturday’s 84-64 loss to Duke.

Maryland outrebounded Florida State 36-20.

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Maryland tries to bounce back Wednesday at Florida State

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (15-5, 3-4 ACC) at Florida State (11-8, 3-3 ACC)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • 8 p.m. ET

Game #21 • Road Game #5 • Tallahassee, Fla. • Donald L. Tucker Center

TV: ACC Network – Rich Waltz (Play-by-Play) and Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst)

 

Storyline

 

• Maryland wraps up a difficult January stretch when it heads to Tallahassee to take on Florida State Wednesday night. The Terps have played four of their last five against teams ranked in the top 36 of the RPI, including three in the top 15 (at Miami – No. 3; vs. NC State – No. 15; at Duke – No. 1). Maryland and Florida State met in College Park on Jan. 9, with the Seminoles overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit to win, 65-62.

 

• In the loss at then-No. 1 Duke on Saturday, Maryland shot 41.7 percent from the field. The Terps had been 13-0 when shooting above 40 percent this season, but the Blue Devils became the first team to crack the 50-percent barrier against Maryland, finishing at 52.4 percent. Dez Wells and Charles Mitchell led Maryland with 13 points apiece, and Alex Len had eight points and 10 rebounds.

 

• The Terps have held six of seven ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting and had held the last five opponents to 65 points or fewer before Duke scored 84. Opponents are shooting just 36.0 percent against Maryland this season, a mark which ranks fourth nationally behind just Kansas (34.9), Texas (35.3) and Syracuse (35.9). Maryland has also outrebounded all 20 opponents this season and ranks second in the country in rebounding margin (plus-10.4), behind only Colorado (plus-14.1).

 

• With seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation either freshmen or sophomores, the majority of Maryland’s scoring this season has come from underclassmen. Of the 71.4 points per game Maryland is averaging, 58.2 come from underclassmen (82 percent). The Terrapins top five scorers are all freshman or sophomores.

 

• Len narrowly missed out on his sixth double-double of the year with eight points and 10 rebounds vs. the Blue Devils. He continues to lead the team in scoring (13.2 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 per game), while Wells is second on the team in scoring (11.9 ppg) and assists (3.0 per game).

 

Maryland-Florida State Series History

 

• Maryland leads the all-time series, 29-12, which dates back to 1992. The Seminoles have won two straight, which matches their longest winning streak in the series. The teams have split the last 10 games.

 

• Maryland’s last win in the series came on 2/23/2011 at home, and its last win on the road came on 2/4/2010. All-time, Maryland has a 10-8 advantage in Tallahassee. (See complete series history, page 4).

 

• In the first meeting this season, Maryland led 36-27 at halftime before Florida State outscored the Terps 38-26 in the second half to win, 65-62. Alex Len had 15, Nick Faust had 14 and Seth Allen had 13 to lead Maryland, while Okaro White scored a game-high 20 for FSU, Michael Snaer had 15 and Ian Miller had 12. The Seminoles also recorded 13 blocks – a game high by a Maryland opponent this year.

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Maryland aims to extend win streak to 14 Wednesday night against Florida St.

Posted on 08 January 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland caps off an eight-game homestand Wednesday night when Florida State visits College Park at 8 p.m. The Terps are in the midst of a 13-game winning streak that is tied for the second longest in school history, matching a streak in the 2001-02 season. A win over Florida State would give the Terrapins a 14-game winning streak equivalent to the school record streak set in 1931-32.

Storyline

• A pair of freshmen led the Terps to their second biggest victory over Virginia Tech in the 86-year series history. Jake Layman scored 18 of his career-high 20 points in the first half, knocking down 6-of-7 shots in the first 20 minutes including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Layman also had eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks without committing a turnover. Seth Davis of CBS Sports named Layman the Freshman of the Week for his performance. Seth Allen was the other newcomer making a big impact, as he scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Allen scored 14 of his points in the second half, when he played all but the final minute of the half.

• Prior to Allen and Layman’s performances, a freshman had scored 20 or more points in a game just 10 times since 1994-95 – with none of those occurring in the same game. In fact, the last time two different freshmen scored 20 or more points in a game in the same season was 1992-93 when Exree Hipp and Johnny Rhodes did it. In addition to Allen and Layman, Alex Len scored 16 points and Dez Wells had 12, while Maryland shot better than 50 percent for the ninth time in the past 12 games. On the season, Maryland is shooting 50.4 percent, which ranks second in the ACC and ninth nationally.

• Maryland’s depth has shown throughout the season, with a number of players displaying the ability to be the breakout scorer on any given night. In the past seven games, six different Terps have led the team in scoring, and each player in Maryland’s 10-man rotation is averaging double-figure minutes. Additionally, no Terp is averaging more than 25.0 minutes per game.


On a Streak

• Maryland won its 13th straight game on Jan. 5 with a 94-71 victory over Virginia Tech. It’s the 11th time in school history the Terps have a winning streak of at least 10 games. The current winning streak is going on 59 days.

• The longest winning streak in school history was a 14-game streak in 1931-32. In the past 30 years, Maryland has put together a 10-game winning streak on six occasions (including this year). Each of the previous seasons, they’ve gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament.


Field-Goal Percentage Defense

• Maryland entered this week ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense at .352. The Terps have held eight of the last 10 opponents under 40 percent shooting, with Stony Brook and IUPUI being the exceptions.

• Since 2000, five Terrapin teams have held the opponent under 40 percent shooting. Of those five, four went on to at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


Quick Hitters

• Logan Aronhalt is averaging one 3-point field goal made for every 6.5 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Reggie Bullock of North Carolina, makes one every 10.6 minutes on the floor.

• Charles Mitchell earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31 for his play against Delaware State on Dec. 29. Mitchell came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds, both career highs. Mitchell is the second Terp to earn weekly ACC honors; Alex Len was Player of the Week on Nov. 12.

• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 78.8 percent of Maryland’s scoring (61.2 of 77.7 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. In the win over Virginia Tech, 81 of Maryland’s 94 points came from freshmen or sophomores.

• When Seth Allen, Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare drew starts against UMES, it marked the first time Maryland started three true freshmen since Dec. 28, 1993, when Keith Booth, Matt Kovarik and Joe Smith did vs. Hofstra.

• In Maryland’s 13-game winning streak, the Terps have assisted on 241 of 368 field goals (65.5 percent).

• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent has attempted this season (222 to 193).

• At least eight players have scored in 13 of Maryland’s 14 games this year. The exception is vs. George Mason, when just seven players scored.


Dominating the Paint

• Maryland has enjoyed an advantage in points in the paint throughout the year. The Terps have outscored the opponent in 11 of 14 games; the exceptions are Morehead State (28-28), Stony Brook (28-32) and Virginia Tech (34-34). On average, Maryland is scoring 39.6 points in the paint while holding its opponent to 22.6 points.


Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 12 of 14 games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason). Most recently, the bench outscored Virginia Tech’s 32-9 and in the last three games, Maryland’s bench has a 120-19 advantage.

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 410-158 (29.3 to 11.3 per game) advantage over the opponent. The biggest advantage Maryland has had this season was against UMES on Dec. 5 (55-7).

• Seth Allen (8.1 ppg), Charles Mitchell (6.6 ppg), Logan Aronhalt (6.1 ppg), and Shaquille Cleare (5.5 ppg) have been the biggest contributors.

• Aronhalt is the long-range specialist. He is two 3-point field goals made of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .565 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 12 of 14 games this season.


Sophomore Jump

• After averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman, Alex Len has developed into Maryland’s most consistent scoring threat as a sophomore. Len is averaging 13.5 points per game, which ranks first in the ACC among centers and t-14th overall. His 8.1 rebounds per game rank seventh. Len also ranks second in the league with 2.2 blocks per game. He has three double-doubles this season: against Kentucky (23 & 12), Northwestern (13 & 13) and Monmouth (14 & 10).


More on Assists

• Maryland ranks fifth nationally with 18.4 assists per game behind Notre Dame (19.9), Ohio (19.1), Pittsburgh (18.9) and North Carolina (18.7).

• Pe’Shon Howard, who ranks third in the ACC with 5.8 assists per game, would be in some rare company if he can average 6.0 assists per game this season. In the past 25 years, just three players have averaged more than 6.0 assists per game at Maryland: Terrell Stokes in 1998-99, Steve Blake from 1999-2003, and Greivis Vasquez in 2007-08 and 2009-10.

• Maryland’s 28 assists against LIU Brooklyn were nine more than the team’s season-high of 19 last year. In fact, the last time a Maryland team had more assists in a game was in the 2002-03 season, when the Terps had 29 on two occasions. The Terps also had 28 assists in a game on 2/9/11 vs. Longwood and 12/31/05 vs. VMI. The school record for assists in a game is 37.

• Howard’s 13 assists vs. LIU Brooklyn are tied for the fourth-most in a single game by a Terp. The only better performances are: Greivis Vasquez (2008) and Terrell Stokes (1998) with 15; and Steve Blake (2002) and Terrell Stokes (1996) with 14.


Force on the Boards

• Though the rebounding advantage over Virginia Tech was just plus-3, Maryland leads the ACC and is tied for third nationally in rebounding margin at plus-12.7 per game. Just Colorado State (plus-13.9) and Missouri (plus-13.0) rank above that. Maryland is the only ACC school with a double-figure advantage in rebounding margin; North Carolina is second at plus-6.0.

• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in all 14 games this season.

• Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that; Len averages 8.1 rpg and Mitchell averages 6.6. Len ranks seventh in the conference and Mitchell ranks 12th, including first among freshmen.

• Len ranks third in the conference with 3.1 offensive rebounds per game, and the Terps are averaging 13.6 offensive rebounds per game as a team, second in the league behind North Carolina (15.7).

• Mitchell made an impressive debut by grabbing 10 rebounds in his first career game, against No. 3 Kentucky. That’s the most rebounds by a Maryland freshman in his debut since Buck Williams had 13 against Bucknell in 1978. Williams went on to lead the ACC in rebounding that year (10.8 pg) en route to capturing ACC Rookie of the Year honors.

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Dorsey passes 1,000 career receiving yards in Maryland loss

Posted on 17 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Postgame Quotes

No. 10 Florida State 41, Maryland 14

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“First of all I want to congratulate Florida State. That is an outstanding football team that we played today. You can see why they have the ranking they have and the defense that is number one in the country. They are an outstanding football team.

 

“I thought that Kevin Dorsey had an outstanding game today for us. It was great to see as a senior to have those two touchdown catches, one of which on the fourth down play. He was able to break out and get into the sight line of Shawn [Petty]. Shawn scrambled and made a nice play there at the end.

 

“Kenny Tate came up big for us today with three sacks. Joe Vellano is a guy who gives you everything he has. You guys just don’t know how bad he is hurting. Him going out there tells you what kind of warrior he is. It was nice to honor all the seniors today. The one thing I told the team at the end of the game was that we would have had to play a perfect game to win. We went down seven to nothing and then fumbled and the next thing you know its 14-0 and we fumbled again, 17-0. To put yourself in that hole it’s very tough to come back from. Our guys kept fighting and battling. We will get ready for next week.”

 

On Kevin Dorsey:

“Kevin has worked all season. He has worked hard in practice and gone out in the games and done his thing. To get to see him get two touchdowns is a good thing. We wish he had two in a winning situation. He is a leader, he is a captain. He doesn’t point his fingers; he just goes about his business and keeps working. That is what you do. Good things happen to good people. When you do the things people ask you to do you will be rewarded and today it was nice to see him get those two touchdown catches.”

 

On Florida State’s pass rush:

“We knew they were pretty good, that wasn’t a surprise to us. We just didn’t block them. We tried to chip them and do some different things. Those two guys [Cornellius Carradine and Bjoern Werner] will be playing on Sunday without a doubt. They will be real high first-round draft choices. Give credit to them, they are good players. We didn’t do a good enough job of blocking. Sometimes you need to get rid of the ball a little bit faster. With the situations we were in you can’t take sacks you have to let the ball go. That is what we are dealing with a young man. Shawn [Petty] is trying and he isn’t going to be perfect with the situation and what we have asked him to do.”

 

On the team’s mistakes early in the game:

“You can’t give Florida State that many points early on. With what we have to try and do offensively we can’t play from behind like that. It makes it hard. We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot and turn the ball over. We have to make people go the distance and go 75 or 80 yards. When you give them a short field like we did it puts a lot of pressure on your defense. Florida State will cause you to have some of those mistakes. We had some drops today that hurt us in critical times too. Give them credit, but we didn’t execute as well as I thought we could have executed today.”

 

On getting the team emotionally ready:

“It hasn’t been hard [getting them ready]. The players have come in and done everything we have asked from a coaching standpoint. We’ve taken a look at the personnel that we have and have designed schemes and plays to match the personnel. We have had to pair some things down, but as far as the players go, they have come and worked hard every day. I would like to see us decrease the number of times we shoot ourselves in the foot, which includes just securing the ball, not turning it over, and executing blocks a little bit better. As far as the players’ effort and attitude, I don’t think there has been a problem with getting them motivated or ready to play and work. The more challenging part is coming up with the game plan in terms of how much we can do.”

 

On the future of the program:

“I think we are going in a great direction. I really appreciate the fans coming out today. That was a nice tribute to [our players]. We can’t control all of those things that happen with all of the injuries, but it is what it is and we are who we are. There are a lot of young guys out there making plays with some older guys who have lots of experience. With the players that we have redshirted and recruited, I hope we can stay healthy. We have some very talented players that can go out and put more points up on the board and take some pressure off the defense. It takes some time to build a football program, but all these young guys are getting experience and are going to be so much better and stronger next year due to all the adversity this year.”

 

On Kevin Dorsey’s touchdown reception:

“[On his first catch], I told him that I was happy for him. He’s a competitor and it’s been tough on him because he hasn’t had as much productivity this year that he would have liked. On senior day, you get a chance to be out there with the kids before the game to thank them and tell them how much you appreciate all their hard work. It’s always emotional, but I think Kevin’s a really special kid.”

 

Freshman Quarterback Shawn Petty

 

On Kevin Dorsey’s performance:

“He was great. He always goes out there and is ready to play. Whenever the ball is thrown his way, he takes advantage. He had two touchdowns and I think those were his only two touches, so he made big plays. He’s a big-play receiver, so if you get the ball in his hands, he’s going to do something with it.”

 

On the team’s fight:

“We’re never going to quit. We’re always going to play all four quarters. We fight for 60 minutes; it’s part of our motto. Every play is a battle. We’re not going to give up just because the other team is up. We’re going to always keep fighting. We’re not going to lay down for anyone.”

 

On the mood in the locker room:

“Coach said it’s the last home game, but we still have another game. We’re ready to move on to North Carolina. Everyone is sad that this is going to be our last game at home, in Byrd Stadium, but we just need to prepare for North Carolina.”

 

Senior Tackle Justin Gilbert

 

On the start of the game:

“Obviously that’s now how you want to start a game, but as an offense we just have to fight through that. We needed to put drives together in the beginning, but we didn’t do that, so you saw the outcome in the end.”

 

On the mood in the locker room:

“Everyone was pretty down, especially since it’s the seniors’ last game at home. That’s not how you really want to go out, but guys are just upset. This isn’t really the season we were looking for. There was a lot of adversity. Hats off to the team for fighting all year and we have one more and we’re going to get ready just as hard as we have every other week for UNC. We’re going to go out and play our game.”

 

On Kevin Dorsey’s performance:

“That was really good for Dorsey. I’ve been here just as long as him and I was happy for him. The receivers have been doing a great job on the edge, blocking. They’re always helping us out with the run game, so to see him go out with two scores like that was pretty cool. I was really happy for him.”

 

On the future:

“Coach Edsall definitely has things on the right track. We have a lot of skilled guys that are coming back. We have guys coming back from injuries. We are losing some guys in key positions, but we have guys who can back them up. I’m really excited to see these guys next year. It’s going to be a very good football program.”

 

Senior Wide Receiver Kevin Dorsey

 

On senior day:

“It felt good having my family out there. Just knowing they were the ones who got me here through all the trials and tribulations, like my foot injury. They stuck by me and kept my head straight. To have them out on the field one last time felt good.”

 

On the mood in the locker room:

“It’s true, a bowl is no longer a possibility, but at the same time we’re not giving up and you may have noticed through the entire season, we might not be able to put the first half together, but we always come back that second half. That’s been a testament to the team. We’re not going to give up. Regardless of if we’re able to go to a bowl, we’re going to go out and try to get a fifth win.”

 

Senior Defensive Back Eric Franklin

 

On senior day:

“Of course we wanted to go out on our last home game and play hard and win, and all of our guys came out and played hard for the seniors. They fought to the last second for us. I have enjoyed myself here for the past four years and I have learned a lot.”

 

On going down early in the game:

“It was really hard to get down early and expect to fight back easily. We made it hard for ourselves today. Our mistakes kept piling on top of each other and it hurt us in the end. We shot ourselves in the foot and we couldn’t come back from it.”

 

On the future of Maryland football:

“I think the future is very bright for Maryland. We have a lot of talented and young kids playing for us. They are definitely on the rise for next year.”

 

Senior Linebacker Kenneth Tate

 

On senior day:

“I was thinking about the last four years and playing my hardest for the other seniors on the team. Today was an emotional day. I felt like it was finally my time, and it is the last time I will even play on this field and in this stadium. I was appreciative of all the fan support, and I was happy to go out and leave it on the field.”

 

On emotions of the day:

“There is nothing like playing in front of your fans. I just wanted to give my all for them. I am always happy when Terp nation shows their support for us. We go out every day and work hard for the fans. We try and give them the best show we can put on and fight for them.”

 

On future of younger players:

“The freshmen and sophomores have great capabilities, and I try to tell them that all of the time. They will have a great team next year. I won’t be here, but I will be a big supporter and help them in any way they need. They just need to go out and play, especially because of the adverse experiences we have had to play with this year. It is a good learning experience for them.”

 

Senior Defensive Lineman Joe Vellano

 

On looking back on this season:

“All of our guys fought hard all season long. We have great coaches and great players and it was awesome having such a good experience the past year. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to play with on my senior day. I have a lot of memories, and I love playing in Byrd Stadium. I am defiantly going to miss this place.”

 

On Kenneth Tate’s play:

“Kenny has always shown up in every game, and he got rolling there for a little bit today. He made a couple of really great plays. He made a big stop on a first down which was a great help. He has been playing great all season. He has great leadership on and off the field.”

 

Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher

 

Opening statement:

“I’m very proud of our team. To come out on the road and get the [ACC] Atlantic Division championship was great. I’m very proud of the way we started the football game, thought we started very dynamically on offense. The big special team’s turnover set the tone and we were able to convert right after that. They’re a good defensive football team. They brought every blitz known to man. Our defense played very well. I didn’t like the opening drive of the second half, the defense was stagnant. That’s how you let teams back in the game. Good win on the road, very efficient. We’ll take it. We’re 10-1 and I’m very proud of our kids. First goal was to win the division, now we have to play the Florida game, and then we’ll get in the ACC Championship game and see where that goes. Still got a lot of work to do. We didn’t finish this as clean as we wished to. Those young guys that get in the game need to learn to focus and finish, but a good performance and I’m happy with it.”

 

On the running game:

“We just got back to fundamentals. We got good angles and we were being efficient what we were doing…We knew they were going to constantly bring pressure. They’re a blitzing team, and we knew it. They’re very much like Virginia Tech. A lot of the same things, and our kids adjusted better.”

 

On Devonta Freeman:

“Devonta practices hard…he runs hard. The thing about Devonta is that he has great balance and he plays with great leverage. He’s a short guy, but not a little guy.”

 

On Stefon Diggs:

“I loved that kid in recruiting. We tried to get that guy. I think he’s a very strong and athletic guy. I think he’s really a special player.”

 

On the Florida game:

“That’s why you come to Florida State, to play in a game against a school with the history and tradition of Florida. Those are the rivalry games that you take pride in. It’s a very important game for them and us. If they were 1-10 and we were 1-10 it would be a very important game. It’s one of the great rivalries in college football.”

 

On the defense:

“They played well. I wasn’t very pleased with the second half. They gave up too many yards, and the opening drive was ridiculous, but they dominated the first half. That was a little focus issue. You’ve got to learn how to focus the whole time, but our defense was dominate. They played really good football. They’re a great defense and they have been all year.”

 

Florida State Redshirt Senior Quarterback EJ Manuel

 

On starting quick on offense:

“It was huge. I said that earlier in the week – the fact that it was an away game – we wanted to come in here and get a defining drive early in the game. That was it for us.”

 

On the running game:

“Obviously the run, seeing as we didn’t run the ball well last week, coming out here and doing it against these guys and doing it this week was really good going into the next game.”

 

On being No. 1 in the division:

“It’s great. It’s a great accomplishment, but I think right now we’re still focused knowing that we have more games to win. I think we’ll be able to celebrate everything at the end of the year. It’s a great accomplishment, but we’re looking to next week.”

 

Florida State Sophomore Running Back Devonta Freeman

 

On improving the running game after Virginia Tech:

“We didn’t like that feeling, so we knew had to come through on Monday. We just had to get better at running the ball. We just wanted to play better – it was a nasty taste. So we just had to do what we had to do to get out of that situation.”

 

On improving personally:

“I just went out there and was like, ‘I want the ball.’ Every time I get the ball, I just make sure I have it. I don’t let any one man get me down. I just feel like I did my job.”

 

Florida State Junior Wide Receiver Kenny Shaw

 

On scoring on the first drive:

“It was very big because it gives us confidence. In the past few games, we struggled a little bit on offense. Getting in that end zone, it just showed we can do it on any drive.”

 

On locking up the division:

“We’re very excited. That’s one of our goals, but then again, we’ve got this game coming um [next week] against our rival, Florida. We’re going to focus on that first and then we can go up to Charlotte. This has been one of our goals since camp time.”

 

Postgame Notes

 

Kicking Off: Maryland fell to 4-7 and 2-5 in the ACC, while Florida State won its fifth straight to improve to 10-1 overall and 7-1 in the ACC … the win books a trip to the ACC Title Game for the Seminoles … Florida State leads the all-time series, 21-2, and has won six straight.

 

Dorsey Hits 1,000: Senior Kevin Dorsey caught his second and third touchdown passes of the season on a 33-yard pass on the first drive of the second half, and a 42-yarder with 0:25 remaining in the game. It marks the first multiple-TD receiving game for Dorsey and also brought him to over 1,000 career receiving yards. Dorsey now has 1,060 receiving yards in his career.

 

Tate Joins Select Company: In his final home game, Kenneth Tate recorded three sacks and seven total tackles. That’s the first time a Terrapin has recorded three sacks in a game since Shawne Merriman against North Carolina on Nov. 2, 2002.

 

Diggs Moves into Top 10 on Receiving Yards List: With 45 receiving yards on three catches, Stefon Diggs brought his season receiving total to 766 yards. That moved him from 11th to 10th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list. He’s just 20 yards behind Darrius Heyward-Bey for ninth place. Marcus Badgett owns the all-time record with 1,240 yards in 1992.

 

Diggs Adds to All-Purpose Tally: Stefon Diggs added 74 yards to his all-purpose total this season. Diggs, who already owns the Maryland freshman record, ranks fifth all-time on the Maryland single-season chart with 1,648. His total trails just Torrey Smith (2,192; 2009), LaMont Jordan (1,840; 1999), Bruce Perry (1,718; 2001) and Steve Suter (1,702; 2002).

 

Goree Hits Career High: Linebacker L.A Goree set a career-high with 13 tackles, seven of which were unassisted. Goree’s previous career high was 12 against on Oct. 15, 2011.

 

Merriman Holds Coat Drive: Shawne Merriman held his annual coat drive prior to Saturday’s game. Merriman partnered with the Maryland athletics department, University Relations and DOTS and was joined by Maryland student-athletes to collect gently-used coats, hats, scarves and other cold weather clothing to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy in the New York and New Jersey area.

 

Tidbits: Matt Robinson recorded his first career interception … Eric Franklin had eight tackles and a pass breakup … Shawn Petty’s 136 passing yards were a season-best, as was his 42-yard completion to Kevin Dorsey … Nathan Renfro averaged 43.3 yards on seven punts.

 

 

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Maryland hosts Florida State for Senior Day Saturday

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland takes on a top-10 opponent for the second consecutive week when Florida State visits Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday for the Terrapins’ annual “blackout” game. The Terps will also be celebrating Senior Day for the 17 seniors on the roster. Florida State has owned the upper hand in the all-time series, having won 20 of 22 meetings including the last five.

First-and-10

• The Terps have hit hard times of late after a rash of injuries has taken its toll on both sides of the ball. Nine Terrapins have been lost to season-ending injuries, all of them potential starters. Of the nine starters lost, four are quarterbacks, leaving freshman Shawn Petty, a former linebacker, as the team’s starter. Against Clemson last week, Maryland was also without running back Wes Brown and wide receiver Stefon Diggs; combined with Perry Hills and Demetrius Hartsfield’s season-ending injuries, that meant the Terps were without their leading passer (Hills), rusher (Brown), receiver (Diggs) and tackler (Hartsfield).

• Hartsfield, who suffered a torn ACL during the Georgia Tech game, had been the leader of a defense that ranked in the top-10 nationally for the first eight games of the season. One of four team captains, Hartsfield is still Maryland’s leading tackler and ranks 15th in school history with 338 in his career.

• Still, without Hartsfield and despite allowing over 400 yards of total offense for the first time all season in each of the past two games, the Terps possess a top 20 defense. Maryland ranks 16th nationally in total defense (315.1 ypg), 19th in rushing defense (112.6 ypg) and 30th in passing defense (202.5 ypg). In 10 games, Maryland has held its opponent under 100 rushing yards five times, and under 55 yards four times.

• Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackers Kenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford. Those four have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 3.07 yards per rush, which is tied for 10th nationally. Maryland’s 6.9 tackles for loss per game rank 24th in the FBS and its 2.5 sacks per game are tied for 27th. Vellano is tied for the ACC lead and is tied for 19th nationally with 1.4 tackles for loss per game. Cole Farrand has also provided solid play, with his 63 tackles ranking second on the team behind the injured Hartsfield.

• Petty took the reins at QB against Georgia Tech and has started the past two games. Petty starred on both sides of the ball and was an All-Met selection at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. As a quarterback, he threw for 1,300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. In his two games, Petty has completed 15 of 30 passes for 156 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Maryland is one of seven schools to have started three different players at quarterback this season (also Southern Miss – 4; and Colorado State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah – 3).

• Against Clemson, Brandon Ross took over starting duties at running back for the injured Brown and responded with the best game of his young career. Ross ran 16 times for 102 yards, an average of 6.2 yards per carry, and had a 44-yard run which is the longest by a Terrapin this season.

• Though he missed the Clemson game, wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker this season. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and vs. Boston College he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a pair of touchdown catches against Georgia Tech and over his last six games he’s averaged 95.8 receiving yards per game. His 174.9 all-purpose yards per game this season rank second in the ACC and seventh nationally. Diggs has earned ACC weekly honors four times this season: he received Rookie of the Week honors against West Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College; and Specialist of the Week honors against Virginia.


Quick Hitters

• The combination of a talented 2012 recruiting class and a number of injuries has led Maryland to play 15 true freshmen this season. That’s tied for the third most in the FBS, behind only Texas and TCU who have each played 16.

• The quarterback position has been hit hardest by injuries, leaving the Terps in what seems to be uncharted territory. Four Maryland QBs have suffered season-ending injuries this year: C.J. Brown was lost in August with a torn ACL; Perry Hills was lost in the NC State game with a torn ACL; Devin Burns was lost after replacing Hills in the NC State game with a Lisfranc (foot); and Caleb Rowe was lost for the year after suffering a torn ACL in the Boston College game. An inquiry among FBS media relations contacts turned up no results of any school having a similar injury situation at quarterback this season or in the past.

• Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe and Shawn Petty have all started at QB this season. It’s been nearly 30 years since Maryland last started three quarterbacks in one season. The last time was 1973, when Ben Kinard started six games, Bob Avellini started three games and Al Neville started two games.

• Maryland has lost nine players to season-ending injuries this year, four of which are quarterbacks. QB C.J. Brown (knee), WR Kerry Boykins (hip), QB Devin Burns (foot), PK/P Nick Ferrara (hip), LB Demetrius Hartsfield (knee), QB Perry Hills (knee), WR Marcus Leak (toe), DL Andre Monroe (knee) and QB Caleb Rowe (knee) have all been lost for the year.

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors four times this year. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22), Wake Forest (10/6) and Boston College (10/27), and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13).

• Diggs ranks fifth in the conference and first among freshmen with 80.1 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 43 catches for 721 yards, already ranks 11th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list (see list page 6).

• 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).

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 27 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (15 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 3.07 yards per carry, which is tied for 10th nationally. Of the opponents’ 367 rushing attempts this season, 230 (62.7%) 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; 18 of 26 vs. NC State; 21 of 27 vs. Boston College; 18 of 56 vs. Georgia Tech; 26 of 42 vs. Clemson).

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In 10 games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:44 to 28:16 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 for the win over Virginia (see complete list, page 6).


Maryland-Florida State Series History

• Florida State leads the all-time series 20-2 and has won the last five in the series. Last season, the Seminoles won 41-16 in Tallahassee. In College Park, Florida State owns an 8-2 edge.

• 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.

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