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Loyola continues road swing at West Virginia Monday night

Posted on 01 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at West Virginia Mountaineers

 

Monday, December 2, 2013  |  7:00 p.m.  |  MASN | ROOT Pittsb.

Morgantown, W.Va.  |  WVU Coliseum

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola wraps up its three-game road trip with a 7 p.m. game on Monday, December 2 at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Loyola wrapped up the month of November with a 4-1 record, marking the third time in as many years that the Greyhounds have lost just a single game during the season’s first month.

At 4-1, the Greyhounds are tied for the second-best start in school Division I history (since 1981-1982), matching the start of the 1985-1986, 1993-1994, , 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 teams. Those squads are behind the 2005-2006 team that won its first five.

Dylon Cormier has five 20-point games in as many contests, and three 30-plus efforts.
Last Time Out

The Greyhounds lost their first game of the season, falling on the road to then-No. 13 University of Connecticut, 76-66, on Tuesday, November 26.

Loyola cut the Huskies’ eight-point halftime lead to three on a trio of occasions in the first four minutes of the second half.

Dylon Cormier scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and was one of three Greyhounds to score in double figures. Eric Laster added 12, 10 in the first half, and R.J. Williams tallied 10 to go with six assists and a game-best four steals.

Loyola outrebounded Connecticut, 40-39, and the Greyhounds had 29 offensive boards.

 

 

Turn On The Television

Monday’s game is the third of three-straight, and nine overall, Loyola men’s basketball games that will be televised. ROOT Sports Pittsburgh will originate the game, and it will air live on MASN, the MId-Atlantic Sports Network in the Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic areas. Rob King will call the play-by-play, while Warren Baker will handle color analysis duties. Robby Incmilkoski will provide reports from the sideline.

 

Series History Versus West Virginia

Loyola and West Virginia will meet for the second time in series history on Tuesday.

In the first meeting, on November 15, 2009, in Morgantown, the teams were tied, 31-31, at halftime before the Mountaineers scored the first 11 points of the second half.

Loyola shot 52 percent from the field in the game, but then-No. 8 West Virginia made nine 3-pointers and had a 27-12 advantage going to the line, and the Mountaineers won, 83-60.

De’Shaun Butler led all scorers with 26 points.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 28.4 points per game through five. As of games of Friday, November 29, Cormier is second in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (31.2). Mason’s Purple Eagles, however, are 1-5 through six games, while Loyola is 4-1 behind Cormier.

Cormier has scored 20 or more points in all five of the Greyhounds’ games, and he already has three 30-plus point efforts.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) has started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

 

 

20-Plus, Five In A Row

Prior to Cormier, Gerald Brown was the most recent Greyhound to score 20 or more in five or more games. He did so in six outings, from December 30-January 15, 2006-2007.

Brown finished that season, his junior campaign, averaging 22.7 points per game.

 

Slowing A Leading Scorer

Led by Dylon Cormier, who drew primary guarding responsibility, Loyola held Connecticut standout Shabazz Napier to just four points.

Napier, who was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Preseason First Team and was the reigning AAC Player of the Week, was 2-of-7 from the floor, and 0-of-1 from 3-point range in 33 minutes of action.

The 2012 All-Big East First Team honoree and member of this year’s John Wooden Award watch list entered the Loyola game averaging 16.8 points per game this season.

 

Improved Rebounding Performance

After being outrebounded by 25 and 19 in its two previous games – Fairfield and at UMBC – Loyola outrebounded then-No. 13 Connecticut, 40-39, last Tuesday in Hartford.

The Greyhounds had combined for just 54 rebounds in their previous two games, logging a season-low 23 against Fairfield and 31 versus the Retrievers. The 39 rebounds collected by UConn were the second fewest a Loyola opponent finished with this season (32 at Binghamton).

 

Need Better Second Chance Conversion

Part of Loyola’s outrebounding of Connecticut was the fact that the Greyhounds grabbed 20 offensive boards to the Huskies’ 10.

Loyola, however, converted the 20 offensive rebounds into just 16 second-chance points.

 

Strong Start

Eric Laster scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half against Connecticut to lead all scorers at the break.

Laster made 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc before halftime and also hit all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.

Through the end of November, Laster is second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, making 64.7 percent of his attempts (11-of-17).

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first five games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

Laster has averaged 9.8 points in Loyola’s first five contests, and he is shooting 45.7 percent overall from the field. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent from the field.

 

New Addition To The Family

Less than 24 hours after Loyola’s come-from-behind victory at UMBC, the Greyhounds had a new addition to their family. Head Coach G.G. Smith’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child and first son, Ross Patrick Smith, on Thursday, November 21.

 

From Way Back

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Recent Comebacks

In each of the last two seasons, Loyola’s largest deficits overcome in wins were those of 15 points. Last year, Loyola trailed Boston University by 15 in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament only to rally for a victory.

During the 2011-2012 season, the Greyhounds were down by 15 at Fairfield but came back to win.

Both times, the Greyhounds’ largest deficit came with more than 15 minutes left in the game.

 

Laster From Deep

Eric Laster’s 3-point shooting made the Greyhounds’ comeback attempt a reality last week at UMBC. The sophomore guard hit four threes in a 41-second span with less than 90 seconds left in regulation.

His first three came on a pull-up in transition at the 1:23 mark, and the second was off an R.J. Williams assist at 1:14. Laster knocked down his third from the top left side with 47 ticks left on the clock, and he took a Dylon Cormier pass five seconds later – after Cormier stole the ball in the backcourt – to knock down his final shot that pulled Loyola within a point, 76-75.

Laster finished the game with five threes – he hit one in the first half – a career-high. Entering the game, Laster had hit just six 3-pointers, five this season and one limited action last year.

 

Making A Point

R.J. Williams has continued his solid play at point guard for the Greyhounds, scoring 10 points in each of the last two games.

The junior also had six assists and a game-high four assists versus Connecticut.

 

At The Line

Loyola has gone to the free-throw line an average of 29.0 times per game this season while converting 20.4 per game. Overall, the Greyhounds are shooting 70.3 percent from the charity stripe, making 102-of-145.

Last season, Loyola went to the line 716 times, an average of 22.4 per game (tied for 46th in the nation). The Greyhounds thus far have raised their free-throw percentage by three percent from 68.3 last year.

 

Cormier Near The Top

Dylon Cormier has shot 58 free throws through four games, making 40 (69.0 percent). He is averaging 11.6 free-throw attempts per game this season, fourth-most in the nation through November 29. The Greyhounds are guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season and at least one in the Patriot League Championships); at this pace, Cormier 348 free throws.

The single-season record for free throws attempted at Loyola is 255, set in 1997-1998 by Mike Powell.

Cormier has attempted 527 free throws in his career thus far, seventh most in school history. His 373 made are also seventh on the Loyola career charts.

Last year, he was 172-of-232 (74.1 percent) from the line, taking an average of 6.8 free throws per game.

 

Down The Stretch

In its first five games, Loyola has trailed at the 10-minute mark in regulation during three of its four wins and four games overall, but the Greyhounds have excelled down the stretch.

The Greyhounds have outscored their opponents 27.4-19.6 (137-98) in the final 10 minutes of games (final 10 minutes of regulation or final five of regulation and five overtime minutes). During that span, Loyola is shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds’ defense has held opponents to 35.7 percent from the field and just 29.2 percent from behind the arc. Loyola has forced 23 opponent turnovers, 15 by way of Greyhounds steals.

As good as Dylon Cormier has been this season, he has been at his best during the waning minutes of games. In the final 10 minutes of Loyola’s first three contests, Cormier has scored 55 points, just 43 points less than Loyola’s opponents have scored in that stretch.

 

The Difference A Year Makes

When talking about his coaching philosophies, first-year head coach G.G. Smith has said that he would like the team to play a bit faster on the offensive end than in past years, and that was shown in the four games.

The Greyhounds’ 77.2 points per game  in their first five is almost 10 points higher than last year’s average of 66.9.

Conversely, it has led Loyola to allowing more points, 74.8, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

Swatting Shots

Jordan Latham’s two blocked shots at UMBC  brought his Loyola career total to 62, moving him into a tie for seventh all-time at the school. He is now tied with former teammate Julius Brooks (2009-2013). With 13 more swats, Latham will match Omari Israel for sixth place with 75.

 

Low FG Percentage In A Win

Loyola shot just 34.1 percent from the field against Fairfield, but the Greyhounds squeezed out the win, 59-52, thanks to a 24-of-34 night from the free-throw line.

The game was reminiscent in many ways of the another recent game against Fairfield. The last time Loyola won a game when shooting 34.1 percent or lower was when it went 15-of-45 from the field (33.3 percent) to beat Stags, 48-44, on March 5, 2012, in the MAAC Championship Game. The win advanced Loyola to its first NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons.

 

Cormier Earns League Honors

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

He earned the honor again on Monday, November 25, after his 34-point effort in the come-from-behind win at UMBC.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

Dylon Cormier is the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He is the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
13th 1,355 points
Next Joel Hittelman 1,360
Field Goals Made
18th 448 field goals made
Next Erik Etherly, 450
3-Pointers Made
16th 86 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
7th 373 free throws made
Next Mike Krawcyzk, 394
Assists
23rd 176 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th 149 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for the first time during the month of December for a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday night against Catholic University of American. The game will air live on the Patriot League Network.

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The 15-7-0 goes back, goes back, goes back into the woods

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The 15-7-0 goes back, goes back, goes back into the woods

Posted on 23 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

In portions of the program that were cut for time constraints, the 15-7-0 won four of the seven Emmy Awards it was nominated for. Stupid good looking guy from “The Big Bang Theory”…

15 Positive Observations…

1. And in three hours, Brian Hoyer became the best quarterback the city of Cleveland has seen in a generation.

Here’s proof.

The whole thing is weird, because I had kinda expected the Browns to show their ass Sunday…

But if we’re being honest, the Vikings should be ashamed of themselves.

2. West Virginia tried to “go back into the woods” Saturday night but they were stuffed by Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil en route.

It was a hell of a day in Baltimore Saturday…

And if you haven’t watched this video…just…just wow.

Speaking of going back into the woods, there are rumors that a local radio personality posted a picture of himself having to use an outdoor shower at Bethany Beach this weekend…

Oh crap. Look, you’ll do a lot of stuff for a Grotto Pizza…

3. Miami, Louisville, Ohio State and Baylor all hit the 70 point mark Saturday. The Virginia Tech basketball coaching staff sent a group of researchers to each school to learn more.

Here’s an update on my Heisman Trophy rankings.

1-Teddy Bridgeovertroubledwater
2-Clemson QB Tahj Boyd
3-Jonathan Quincy Football Esquire
4-The guy who’s going to get to say “wait, you dated that loser AJ McCarron” to Katherine Webb next.
5-Alabama QB AJ McCarron

Right, because did you hear that Katherine Webb was single?

If the OSU Marching Band keeps up what they’ve been doing recently, they’ll end up on the list. Here’s Script Ohio in braille performed alongside the school for the blind…

In the Buckeyes’ win, Jordan Hall did something very smart with a ref…

4. Andy Dalton outperformed Aaron Rodgers Sunday. I am now scanning the interwebs for stories about bovine aviation.

The game winning score happened EXACTLY the way the Bengals drew it up…

Giovani Bernard also did things in this football game.

You guys know you’re on the same team, right?

And it was awfully thoughtful of Vontaze Burfict to perform an in-game cup check…

5. I haven’t checked the newspaper yet today, but I believe the Dallas Cowboys are leading the NFC East by something like 39 and a half games.

Their win over the Rams was pretty forgettable all things being equal. Just stuff like this…

The Rams WISH they were as awesome as the Browns…

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Maryland CB Hendy earns national defensive award

Posted on 22 September 2013 by WNST Staff

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – University of Maryland junior defensive back A.J. Hendy has been named The Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week as announced by The Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday.

On Saturday against West Virginia, Hendy recovered two fumbles and returned an interception 26 yards for Maryland’s second touchdown of the game as the Terps defeated the Mountaineers, 37-0. The interception is Hendy’s second of his career. Both of his interceptions have been returned for touchdowns. Against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, Hendy intercepted his first career pass and returned it 32 yards for a score.

Hendy and the Maryland defense forced six West Virginia turnovers on Sunday and held the Mountaineers to 175 yards of total offense. It is the first shutout for the Terps since blanking Wake Forest on Oct. 18, 2008 (26-0), and its first shutout of West Virginia since defeating the Mountaineers 33-0 on Sept. 18, 1999.

Hendy is the first Maryland player to win Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors.

Maryland travels to Tallahassee to face No. 8 Florida State on Oct. 5 in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

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Terps record first shutout since 2008 in win

Posted on 21 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: The Terps improved to 4-0 on the season with a 37-0 win over West Virginia. The Mountaineers fell to 2-2. The 37-point margin of victory for Maryland is the second largest for the Terps in the series. The Terps defeated WVU by 47 points (54-7) on Nov. 24, 1951.

Shutout: Maryland’s 37-0 win over WVU is its first shutout since the Terps held Wake Forest scoreless on Oct. 18, 2008. Maryland won the game 26-0. It is Maryland’s first shutout of the Mountaineers since defeating West Virginia 33-0 on Sept. 18, 1999.

Stiff Defense: Maryland held West Virginia to 175 yards of total offense. It is the second time this season Maryland has held an opponent under 200 yards of total offense. The Terrapin defense held FIU to 171 yards in the season opener (Aug. 31).

Homecoming: Tight end Dave Stinebaugh, a native of Baltimore, got the Terps on the board first. The senior adjusted to a tipped C.J. Brown pass and hauled it in for his first career touchdown reception to put Maryland up 7-0 in the first quarter. The six-yard touchdown reception capped a three-play, 24-yard drive that began after West Virginia muffed a punt.

Big Totals: Through four weeks this season, Maryland has totaled 30 or more points in all four games. 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).

Hendy to the House: Defensive back A.J. Hendy put Maryland up 14-0 a minute later. The junior jumped a Ford Childress pass and returned the interception 28 yards for a touchdown. It was Hendy’s second career interception, both of which have been returned for scores. Hendy notched his first career pick against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, returning an interception 32 yards for six points.

It is the second consecutive week the Terrapin defense has returned an interception for a touchdown. At Connecticut last week, defensive back Dexter McDougle returned an interception 49 yards for a score.

Plenty of Leg: Place kicker Brad Craddock connected on his eighth field goal of the season to put Maryland up 17-0. Craddock tied his career long by drilling a 52 yarder early in the second quarter. The sophomore also converted a 52-yard field goal against Wake Forest on Oct. 6, 2012. On the season, Craddock is 10-for-11 on field goals and entered the contest ranked third in the ACC in scoring averaging 11.3 points per game.

Craddock also connected on field goals from 30 and 36 yards to tie his single-game career-high of three. He hit three fields last Saturday at Connecticut.

Defensive Notes: Maryland forced West Virginia into six turnovers (4 FF, 2 INT). That is the most turnovers created by the Terps since Maryland turned Georgia Tech over six times on Oct. 11, 2001 … Maryland forced three Yellow Jacket fumbles and three interceptions … defensive back A.J. Hendy finished with an interception, which was returned for a 28-yard touchdown, and recovered two fumbles … linebacker L.A. Goree led the Terps with nine tackles, five solo … defensive lineman Roman Braglio had one sack and defensive lineman Darius Kilgo added one as well.

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Terps look for 4-0 start Saturday against WVU in Baltimore

Posted on 20 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team renews its border rivalry with West Virginia at 3:32 p.m. on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Terps are coming off of a 32-21 victory at Connecticut behind 501 yards of total offense. With the win, the Terps improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. That year, Maryland won its first seven games of the season en route to a 10-2 record, an ACC championship and a spot in the Orange Bowl.

LIVE Coverage on ESPNU & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. Anish Shroff (pbp) and Kelly Stouffer (color) 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 117 and XM Radio Channel 202, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• The University of Maryland football team renews its boarder rivalry with West Virginia at 3:32 p.m. on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Terps are coming off of a 32-21 victory at Connecticut behind 501 yards of total offense. With the win, the Terps improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. That year, Maryland won its first seven games of the season en route to a 10-2 record, an ACC championship and a spot in the Orange Bowl. In the Terps’ three wins, the offense has totaled over 500 yards each time becoming one of only three schools in the nation to eclipse 500 yards of total offense in as many games. Defensively, the Terps applied constant pressure to UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer. Maryland sacked Whitmer six times and forced him to throw two interceptions, while holding the Huskies to 25 yards rushing. The six sacks by the Terrapin defense are the most since totaling six against Virginia on Oct. 1, 2005.

• The usual suspects played a major role in the Terps’ offensive performance at UConn as Maryland showed good balance with 277 yards passing and 224 yards rushing. Quarterback C.J. Brown continues to be a dynamic run-pass threat. Brown threw for 277 yards on 15-of-28 passing and one touchdown, and rushed for a season-high 122 yards and one score. The 399 yards accounted for by Brown is tied for the 19th-highest single-game total in the nation this season and is the most by a Maryland player since Danny O’Brien accounted for 408 total yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010. For the second consecutive game, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who ranks 13th nationally in all-purpose yards (176.67), went over 100 yards receiving finishing with five catches for 110 yards and one touchdown. On the score, Diggs took a bubble screen from Brown, and with blocking in front, worked his way into the end zone from 21 yards out. Diggs has at least one receiving touchdown in five of his last seven games played dating back to last season. Wide receivers Levern Jacobs and Deon Long finished with 60 and 39 yards receiving, respectively. One of Jacobs’ two receptions was a career-high 48-yard sprint down the right sideline to set up a Brad Craddock field goal just before halftime.

• Maryland’s 3-4 defensive scheme consistently applied pressure on Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer totaling a season-high six sacks, forcing two interceptions and holding the Huskies to 25 yards rushing. Through three games, the Terps are holding opponents to 96.7 rushing yards per game, which ranks third in the ACC and is tied for 14th nationally. Despite three Maryland turnovers, including two in the third quarter, the defense held the Huskies to just three points off of those turnovers. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who leads the nation with 5.5 sacks, led the team with a career-high three sacks. Whitfield’s final sack led to a safety as the senior applied pressure off the right side causing an intentional grounding call against Whitmer in the end zone. Whitfield was joined by linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, who also had a career high with 2.5 sacks. Senior defensive back Dexter McDougle had both of the Terrapin interceptions, returing one for his second career touchdown weaving his way through the Huskies offense for a 49-yard score. McDougle’s effort earned him Athlon Sports ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors and ACC Defensive Back of the Week. Linebacker Cole Farrand led the team in tackles with a personal-best 12.

• Special teams played an important part in the Maryland win. For the first time this season, defensive back William Likely was the focal point of the return game. Likely had three kick returns for 110 yards including a long of 45 yards. Place kicker Brad Craddock made 3-of-4 field goal attempts including a season-long 40-yard attempt. On the season, the sophomore has made 7-of-8 fieldgoal attempts. Punter Nathan Renfro averaged 43.4 yards per attempt on Saturday including two punts downed inside the 20-yard line.


Quick Hitters

• With 501 yards of total offense against Connecticut, Maryland has recorded over 500 yards of total offense in all three games this season. Since the 1983 season, no other Maryland team has eclipsed the 500-yard mark in three or more consecutive games

• Additionally, Maryland is one of only three teams nationally who have played three games this season to have totaled 500 or more yards of total offense in every contest joining Oregon and California.

• Maryland has had a player rush for over 100 yards and a player with over 100 yards receiving in all three games. Dating back to the 1987 season, no other Terrapins have accomplished the feat in three consecutive games. Quarterback C.J. Brown rushed for 105 yards, while wide receiver Deon Long had 110 yards receiving in the season opener against FIU. Against ODU, running back Brandon Ross totaled 149 rushing yards and wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 receiving yards. On Saturday, Brown had 122 yards rushing and Diggs totaled 110 yards receiving.

• When linebacker Marcus Whitfield forced an intentional grounding call in the end zone on UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer, the Terps tallied their second safety in as many games. The last time the Terps had two or more safeties in a season came in 1985. Maryland scored a safety against Penn State on Sept. 7 and one against Duke on Oct. 26.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has 16 catches for 387 yards to lead the team and is averaging 24.2 yards per catch. His per catch average is the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 10 or more receptions and his 129.0 receiving yards per game average leads the ACC and ranks sixth nationally.

• As part of Maryland’s six-sack barrage at UConn, linebacker Marcus Whitfield recorded a career-high three, tied with five other players nationally for the most in a single-game this season. In addition, his 5.5 sacks on the year lead the nation. Shawne Merriman had three sacks against North Carolina on Nov. 2, 2002, and was the last Terp to reach that total. Whitfield was named ACC Linebacker of the Week for his effort.

• Led by Whitfield, the six sacks totaled by the Maryland defense are the most in a single-game for the Terps since recording the same number on Oct. 1, 2005, against Virginia.

• Senior quarterback C.J. Brown accounted for 399 yards of total offense on Saturday (277 pass/122 rush). That mark is tied for the 19th-highest single-game total this season.

• Defensive back Dexter McDougle had a career-high two interceptions returning one 49 yards for his second career touchdown. He is the first Maryland player to return an INT for a touchdown since A.J. Hendy returned one 32 yards against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. His two picks increased his season total to three, which is tied for the most in the nation.

• McDougle’s 49-yard interception return for a touchdown is the first non-offensive touchdown for Maryland this season. Since 2009, the Terps have 18 non-offensive touchdowns, that total is the most in the ACC.

• Head coach Randy Edsall awarded game balls for the win over Connecticut. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs received the award for the offense, defensive back Dexter McDougle on defense, and place kicker Brad Craddock for special teams.


Terp 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 Derrick Hayward (offense), defensive lineman Chandler Burkett (defense), and linebacker Jalen Brooks (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive back Anthony Nixon will carry the American Flag, and wide receiver Stefon Diggs 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 West Virginia game are tight end Dave Stinebaugh (offense), linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (defense), and defensive back William Likely (special teams).


Maryland-West Virginia Series History

• The Terps and Mountaineers will meet for the 49th time on Saturday, but it’s only the second time Maryland and WVU have met at a neutral site. The previous meeting was at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2003 Gator Bowl, a game won by the Terps 41-7.

• Maryland trails the all-time series with WVU, 21-26-2, and the Mountaineers have won seven straight meetings with the Terps.

• The Terps’ last win over the Mountaineers during the regular season also came in 2003 as Maryland defeated WVU, 34-7, in College Park (9/20).


Parking Information

• Plan to arrive early to avoid heavy stadium traffic and the evening rush hour traffic. Stadium parking lots will open at 10:30 AM, and stadium gates will open at 1:30 PM.

• Follow the suggested transportation routes below for the parking lot you have been assigned to.

• Pre-plan your route. For more information, visit baltimoreravens.com.

 

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Terps excited for rivalry battle in NFL stadium Saturday

Posted on 18 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On the Maryland-West Virginia rivalry:

“It’s another big game for us; we get to go play in an NFL stadium against another good team. In the past, it’s been a pretty big rivalry, but from my point of view it’s just another game; we’re just going to look at it as an opportunity to go 4-0 and get another win closer to a bowl game.”

On what they have to do to beat West Virginia:

“We have to play our game. I think they’re a good team, they’re going to come out and make plays, and they’re going to be a force. We’ve played them well the past couple years that I’ve been here. We have to go in there and execute, come out and play our game and not have the turnovers we had last game; execute and put touchdowns on the board”

On the West Virginia defense:

“There aren’t too many concerns, but they are going to pressure.  We just have to go out and have a good week of practice, execute what we have to do and go out there on Saturday and play well.”

Offensive lineman Sal Conaboy

On the offensive line’s chemistry:

“There are a lot of personalities in that unit and I think that plays a big part in it. Some guys are a little quieter, but some guys really are outgoing and really like to communicate a lot so I think that is good for us to have. Off the field too, we really click very well.”

On his mindset this season:

“I’ve been trying to work on all aspects of being a leader. I think that helps me to be able to go out there and have to communicate and to just get everyone on the same page. I don’t think I’m changing anything, just trying to develop a little more.”

On playing at M&T Bank Stadium:

“I think everyone is a little excited about that. Actually, my first game (Navy, 9/6/10) was there. I’m excited to go back there to play. With that game, I just remember the whole time it was exciting, from the time we ran out of the tunnel to the very last snap.”

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On possibly tying last year’s win total with victory against West Virginia:

“It’s definitely going to be huge, you know we haven’t been 3-0 since 2001, so this is a big thing for us. We are just going to take it week-by-week and that’s all we can do”

On what the West Virginia-Maryland rivalry means:

“It’s going to be my first West Virginia game so I don’t really know too much about it. All I’ve heard is ‘The Battle of the Border’. Last year, when I traveled myself to the game, it got a little heated on the field. It’s going to be a big game, especially at M&T Bank Stadium. It’s just going to be a big game for a whole bunch of guys”

On if the attitude of the team has been different so far this week:

“Just overall excitement to get another win and to just prove to other people and prove to this conference that we’re really trying to do some good things this year.  We just go out every day with the mentality to get better.”

Tight End Dave Stinebaugh

On the rivalry with West Virginia:

“It’s definitely a good rivalry; we’ve played them on and off the past couple years and it’s always good especially when a lot of the guys around here know someone from West Virginia. So it’s always a good thing for them, right across the border.”

On missed opportunities for the offense at Connecticut:

“We definitely left some opportunities out there, it’s definitely something we’re not happy about, but its things we can fix. We pride ourselves on offense as going out there and fixing the little things and trying to get this thing running on all cylinders; be the best we can be.”

Linebacker Marcus Whitfield

On his improved pass rush this season:

“I worked out over the offseason with the team, went through the drills, had a great offseason. Definitely liked working with the team on the defensive scheme. I feel like in my position I know all of what goes on all around me; when coaches put me in a position to make a play I make the play.”

On the reception for the team around campus

“People are out there noticing us more; it feels good to have support from the fans. They definitely turn out to the games to come out to support us. It just feels good to be out there doing what we do best.”

-Maryland-

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Edsall says WVU provides Terps “tremendous challenge” Saturd

Posted on 17 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“It’s going to be a lot of fun Saturday to be able to go up to M&T Bank Stadium and play in Baltimore. I know our guys are excited about it to get up there and play in a great venue in the biggest city in the state. We know we got a tremendous challenge. We haven’t beaten West Virginia in seven [straight games]. They’re a very good football team that is playing well at this point in time so were going to have to make sure that we go out and have a good week of practice and prepare the right way and execute and be more productive offensively and minimize big plays defensively in order to give ourselves an opportunity to win on Saturday afternoon.”

 

On defensive back William Likely:

“I think if you just listen to what I’ve said about Will it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that he’s gone in and stepped right in and has done the things that we’ve asked him to do on the field. Since the day that Will got here, he’s been extremely competitive. He was well coached coming out of high school. He had good knowledge of the position. He had good fundamentals and he had good technique and all he’s done is just gone out and continue to compete, continue to learn the different fundamentals that we had here and the different techniques that we had. What he’s doing on the field is not a surprise to me or our coaching staff because these are the things that we saw from him when he got here in January. He plays like he’s a seasoned veteran. ‘Will he make mistakes?’ Yes, just like every player. But it’s not a surprise how he’s playing. That’s just how the kid practices. If we had everybody practice the way he practices and the way he competes, we’d be even better. That’s not a knock on anybody else, it’s just he really competes at a high level and he practices at a high level and at a fast pace each and every day. He’s very knowledgeable, he’s a great listener, he understands it, and he’s one of those guys that puts it behind him whenever the play’s over. If it’s good, bad or indifferent, he moves on to the next play. He’s a talented young man.”

 

On his confidence level in defensive backs Jarrett Ross and Alvin Hill:

“I got tremendous confidence in whoever we put in the ball game, but in regards to Alvin and Jarrett, they know exactly what the expectations are going to be for them, what they’re going to have to do in order to prepare themselves to possibly play this weekend. Again, that’s just something that we’ve tried to stress to all of our players that it doesn’t matter where you start on the depth chart, you better be practicing and you better be mentally sharp in the meetings because there could come a time when you’re going to get out there when least expected and you got to get the job done. I got tremendous confidence in either one of them if they had to play.”

 

On West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress:

“[He’s a] big kid, strong kid and has a really good arm. [He] made good decisions. Ran their offense really well, seemed composed for his first start and really did a good job of managing the game for West Virginia against Georgia State. He was impressive on film for a first start. Very, very impressive in terms of how he handled everything.”

 

On the success of Maryland’s pass rush this season:

“I think the pass rush is a combination of a couple of things, number one, you got to have guys that have a desire to get to the quarterback. You got to have guys that have more than one move, guys that can do things from a technique standpoint that’s going to allow them to combat the things that the offensive lineman is doing in terms of protection. I think it helps when you have guys on either side plus you have guys that have speed and quickness, and power in the middle. So I think it’s a combination of a lot of guys working together and guys taking a lot of pride in trying to get pressure on the quarterback with four guys and working together, whether it’s running stunts or straight speed rushes. Again, I think it’s an attitude. I think it’s an attitude and guys that have ability and take pride in trying to get to the quarterback and getting sacks.”

 

On the depth at kick returner and punt returner:  

“There are things that happen throughout the game that I’ll talk to players or players will come up and talk to me. We’ll make a decision to what I think is best in that situation. It was one of those situations where Stefon [Diggs] came up to me and just talked about something, and I have true confidence in Will [Likely] to go back there and so that’s what we did. That’s the thing that I like so much about our football team. We have open communication that if there is something that you know is bothering a guy. You know some kind of knick of something. You know they might feel that I might not be able to get the job done as well as my backup. And then ultimately, I’m the guy that will make that decision. But I think those are the things we’ll make and we’ll talk about certain things. And again the other thing is in terms of numbers of plays that some guys are getting. But like I said I think we got some really outstanding returners. Stefon, Will and I wouldn’t hesitate to put DeAndre [Lane] in there, and a guy like Taivon Jacobs. I know that he can go back there and return some kicks for us as well. And I think that’s a good thing to have. That kind of depth, because again if there is somebody that is nicked up or like I said, you want to just give them a break or something like that, you have the ability to do that. That’s what we’re really shooting for from a depth standpoint.”

 

On wide receiver Taivon Jacobs: 

“He’s No. 2 on the depth chart right now, because we’ve had some injuries there. We’ll just take a look at how he practices this week and we’ll make a determination from there if there is a possibility for him to get on the field or what we’ll do. But he’s a young man who got tremendous speed. He’s again a guy that really works hard. And he’s like said, he can run. He’s a good route runner. Speed is something that you can never have enough of. And again, we’ll just see how it works this week at practice.”

 

On staying focused on each game despite the strong start to the season:  

“Right now we got another one coming up against West Virginia and that’s number four. And then after that, we got eight more that are guaranteed. After that we don’t know. We don’t know what’s going to happen after this week. So this group is a good group from the standpoint that they’re listening to what I’m saying. They get it. They understand that season isn’t over that we do have three wins, but you don’t even worry about those three anymore, because they are over and done with. And they’ve been very good at just focusing in on the task at hand that we have for that particular week. And that’s the nice thing to deal with when you’re a coach. They understand that and they get that.  But, no I don’t do anything different. They just have to understand that hey, this is the most important game we’re going to play all season long because it’s the game that we’re playing this week. You know you’re not getting any bonus points if you win this game, so just go out and give it everything that you got. Play every play like it’s the last one you’re going to play and then hopefully it’s enough that by 6:30 on Saturday afternoon we have a win. And if we do, then we put it in the bank. And if we don’t, then we learn from it. You get better and you move forward.”

 

On playing the game in Baltimore:

“We’re trying to continue to develop the Maryland pride. With the city being as large as it is, and also having that venue, M&T Bank Stadium there in Baltimore, when you do have the opportunity being that we’re the flagship university here in the state and we’re the only state school that’s an FBS, it’s something that I think is important to us. It’s accessible. It’s easy to get to. And again when you’re talking about the fan support in this state for football, there are a lot of football fans. And so, the more that we can do to develop that Maryland pride, get the people from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and the surrounding counties to be involved with what we’re doing I think it’s a win for us. We’re going to continue to do that and again I think from the standpoint you take a look at the number of kids that we have from the state, and from that area, that are going to be participating. It’s a great way for the people in Baltimore and in Baltimore County to come out and support some of their own, and the rest of the football team. So we’re looking forward to it and hope that we can go up there and play really well on Saturday.”

 

– Maryland –

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Kickoff time announced for Maryland/WVU in Baltimore

Posted on 10 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A 3:30 p.m. kickoff time is set for Maryland’s matchup with West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sept. 21, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday.

Depending on the results of this weekend’s games, the showdown will be televised on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU and will be announced by Sept. 15.

For ticket information for the West Virginia game and all 2013 games, visit umterps.com.

Following a 47-10 win over Old Dominion on Saturday, the Terps are off to a 2-0 start. Maryland has scored over 40 points in back-to-back games to start the season for the first time in school history. Maryland heads to Connecticut for its first road game of the season on Saturday. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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Terps face West Virginia Saturday in Morgantown

Posted on 21 September 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Maryland will play its first game of the season against a ranked opponent on Saturday when it travels to face interstate rival West Virginia, which is ranked No. 8 in this week’s Associated Press poll. The Terps (2-1) and Mountaineers (2-0) have played 48 times in the all-time series which dates back to 1919, the most games Maryland has played against any non-conference opponent. West Virginia has had the upper hand as of late, winning six straight in the series including a 37-31 victory in College Park last season. Prior to that, Maryland had won four in a row.

First-and-10

• Despite surrendering just 223 yards of total offense to Connecticut last Saturday, the Terps suffered a hard-fought, 24-21 loss to the Huskies. After trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, Maryland battled back to get within three points when freshman wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Perry Hills with 14:07 left in the fourth quarter, making it 17-14 Connecticut. The Huskies, however, answered with a 10-play, 76-yard touchdown drive to go up 24-14. Hills helped get the Terps back within striking distance on a 10-yard touchdown run with 4:39 remaining, but after the Maryland defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back with 3:29 left, the offense was unable to tie or score the go-ahead points.

• Still, the Terps have shown improvement from week-to-week with a team that has already played 12 true freshmen, the ninth most in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and lists 14 total in its two-deep depth chart (excluding return men). Maryland played 12 true freshmen in the season opener against William & Mary, the most for a Maryland team in at least 15 years (see note page 3), and seven players made their first career starts in the season opener. In week two, Hills received ACC Rookie of the Week honors after going 11 for 21 for 190 yards, two touchdown passes and a touchdown run in a 36-27 win over Temple. Against Connecticut, freshman running back Wes Brown shined against what came in as the top-ranked rushing defense nationally. The Huskies had allowed just 77 rushing yards total through their first two games – and Brown nearly matched that on his own. He had 74 yards on 14 carries, a 5.3 average, including a 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. On the season, Brown has a team-high 124 rushing yards and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

• The defense has led the way for a young but talented Maryland team on its way to a 2-1 record through the first three games of the season. The Terps have been very 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 2.58 yards per rush, which ranks 14th nationally. It’s also been a disruptive defense – Maryland’s 2.67 sacks per game are tied for 27th in the FBS and its seven tackles for loss per game are tied for 32nd. The Terrapin defense ranks sixth nationally against the pass (124.3 yards per game) and 28th against the run (103 yards per game). Overall, the Terps are allowing just 227.3 yards per game, which ranks eighth nationally.

• Maryland has also had a knack for forcing timely turnovers in the first three games. In the closing moments of the 7-6 win over William & Mary in week one, cornerback Jeremiah Johnson forced a fumble on a sack that Hartsfield recovered to seal the game. In week two vs. Temple, the defense forced fumbles on the Owls’ first two possessions of the game and Hartsfield again helped seal the win by intercepting a tipped pass with 2:05 remaining to preserve the 36-27 victory. In week three against Connecticut, Darin Drakeford forced a fumble on the Huskies opening drive that Maryland recovered. The Terps have forced six total turnovers so far, which is tied for the second most in the ACC.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s defense has allowed just 682 total yards to opponents through 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.

• Maryland won its first two games despite committing more turnovers than its opponent in each contest. In the loss to Connecticut, though, the Terps turned it over twice and the Huskies only had one giveaway. All 10 of the Terrapins turnovers (four interceptions, six fumbles) have come from freshmen.

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In three games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 30:30 to 29:30 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.

• Seven players made their first career starts 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 Kilgoand offensive lineman Nick Klemm.

• In addition to the seven first-time starters, 14 players saw their first action against William & Mary. And of the 44 players that saw time against the Tribe, 25 of them were underclassmen.

• Maryland has 14 true freshmen listed on its two-deep (excluding return men), which is the fourth most in the FBS (Colorado – 16, Texas – 15, TCU – 15).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 2.58 yards per carry, which ranks 14th nationally. Of the opponents’ 120 rushing attempts this season, 81 have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut).

• Demetrius Hartsfield leads the team with 26 tackles and has had a hand in three turnovers, also a team high (one interception, two fumble recoveries).

• Head coach Randy Edsall handed out game balls for the win over Temple. Sal Conaboy got the game ball for offense,Demetrius Hartsfield for defense and A.J. Francis for special teams.

• Maryland was hit hard by injuries in the preseason. Thirteen players missed the season opener due to various injuries and ailments, and 14 were out against Temple. Seven of those were potential starters on offense and defense: defensive linemanAndre Monroe; defensive backs A.J. Hendy and Matt Robinson; linebacker Kenneth Tate; quarterback C.J. Brown; running back Brandon Ross; offensive lineman Josh Cary. Place-kicker Nick Ferrara also missed the first two three. Both Monroe and Brown are out for the season. Robinson and Cary both made their returns against Connecticut.

• 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.

• Maryland had 15 seniors on the 2011 roster, but just 12 of those players were listed on the two-deep at some point during the year. There are 17 seniors listed on the 2012 roster, and 12 are on the two-deep.

• Three Terps ended 2011 ranked among the top 12 in the ACC in tackles. Hartsfield was second at 12.0 per game and Franklin was sixth at 8.8. Vellano was 12th with 7.8 per contest.

• There are just two returning starters (Bennett Fulper and Justin Gilbert) on Maryland’s offensive line, but six players entered the season with starting experience. De’Onte Arnett, Josh Cary, Sal Conaboy and Peter White have also started on the O-line.

• 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-West Virginia Series History

• Maryland and West Virginia have met a total of 48 times since the first meeting between the schools in 1919. The Mountaineers own a 25-21-2 lead in the all-time series. West Virginia has taken six straight from Maryland after the Terps had won the four meetings prior to that. The Terps defeated the Mountaineers 41-7 in the 2003 Toyota Gator Bowl in the only postseason meeting between the two schools.

• Last season, a comeback bid by Maryland fell short as West Virginia won 37-31 in College Park. Kevin Dorsey had nine catches for 79 yards and a touchdown, and Matt Furstenburg had seven catches for 70 yards. Mountaineer QB Geno Smith went 36 of 48 for 388 yards and a touchdown.

• Maryland has played West Virginia more than any other non-conference opponent, and the Terps have only faced six schools more than the Mountaineers.

• The Terps and Mountaineers met every season from 1980 to 2007. The teams took two years off (2008-09) in the series, but are scheduled to meet every year until at least 2017.
• 2013 – @ Maryland
• 2014 – @ Maryland
• 2015 – @ West Virginia
• 2016 – @ West Virginia
• 2017 – @ Maryland

• Maryland is 3-10 all-time against ranked West Virginia teams. The Terrapins last win over a ranked Mountaineer squad came in the 2003 Toyota Gator Bowl, when the 23rd-ranked Terps toppoled the 20th-ranked Mountaineers, 41-7.

• Maryland is 11-12-1 at home and 9-13-1 on the road in the series. The lone neutral site game was the 2003 Toyota Gator Bowl.

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Terps Ferrara, Boykins will miss West Virginia game

Posted on 20 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
DL Keith Bowers Calf Out
WR Kerry Boykins Hamstring Out
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out
QB Dustin Dailey Ankle Questionable
DB A.J. Hendy Ankle Probable
LB Kenny Tate Knee Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable

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