COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland football team looks for its second-consecutive win when it plays host to Boston College on Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Maryland will celebrate Senior Day and will honor its 16 departing seniors prior to kickoff at 3:33 p.m.
The Terps are looking to break a two-game losing streak to the Eagles. The Terps trail the all-time series 3-7 and are 1-4 at home against BC in a series that began in 1985. Maryland’s last win came in 2010, a 24-21 victory in Chestnut Hill, and its last win at home came in 2007, 42-35.
LIVE Coverage on Comcast SportsNet & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. Ron Thulin (pbp), Ovie Mughelli (color) and Elizabeth Moreau (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Kevin Sheehan (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 92 and XM Radio Channel 190, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.
Saturday will mark the final home game for 16 Maryland seniors. Senior Day activities will be held to honor: De’Onte Arnett, Carl Buchholz, Tejiri Erhie, Isaac Goins, G.T. Harraka, Bradley Johnson, Nick Klemm, Dexter McDougle, Greg Parcher, Tony Perry, Zeke Riser, Will Rosenblum, Dave Stinebaugh, Alex Walker, Marcus Whitfield and Regis Whittington.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to take part in honoring these student-athletes.
Honoring Maryland’s Proud Past
The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative poster honoring Maryland’s 61 years in the ACC courtesy of Pepsi. Members of the 1953 National Championship Team will be back for a special on-field recognition along with other moments in Maryland Football ACC History will also be highlighted throughout the game to honor our Proud Past.
• The Maryland football team looks for its second-consecutive win when it plays host to Boston College on Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium as the Terps will celebrate Senior Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:33 p.m. The Terps are looking to break a two-game losing streak to the Eagles. The Terps trail the all-time series 3-7 and are 1-4 at home against BC in a series that began in 1985. Maryland’s last win came in 2010, a 24-21 victory in Chestnut Hill, and its last win at home came in 2007, 42-35.
• Maryland snapped a five-game losing streak against Virginia Tech with a 27-24 overtime victory in Blacksburg on Saturday. It is Maryland’s first win in Blacksburg since 1949. The overtime victory is the Terps’ first since defeating James Madison, 38-35, on Sept. 12, 2009, and improved the Terps’ OT record to 5-3. The Terps and Hokies were the 24th overtime game played this season amongst FBS teams.
• Quarterback C.J. Brown served as the offensive catalyst on Saturday. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries with two touchdowns including the 3-yard game winner in overtime. The senior signal caller also completed 12 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown, a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Nigel King. Brown‘s 122 yards on the ground is tied for the seventh-highest rushing total by a Terrapin quarterback in school history. He now holds seven of the top-10 rushing performances by a Maryland QB in school history. It marked his sixth career 100-yard rushing game and third this season. His six 100-yard rushing performances are the most among active quarterbacks in the ACC.
• .On the defensive side of the ball, the Terrapins racked up a season-high seven sacks and 11 TFL against the Hokies. It is the most sacks by a Maryland defensive unit since totaling eight at West Virginia on Oct. 5, 2002. In addition, the Terps now have 30 sacks on the season which is already the most by a Maryland defense since 2003, when the Terps finished with 35. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe led the charge with a career-best 3.0 sacks and 3.5 TFL. Monroe is tied for ninth in the ACC with 6.5 sacks and he has recorded 11.5 career sacks in 19 games. His final sack of the contest came in overtime and helped the Terps hold the Hokies to a field goal.
• .Monroe was one of five Terps to register a sack on Saturday. Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson finished with a career-high 2.0 sacks, while defensive back Isaac Goins picked up his first career sack. Linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Marcus Whitfield each had a 0.5 sack.
• The Maryland defense entered Saturday’s contest ranked seventh in the ACC in opponent third-down conversion. The Terps had held opposing offenses to 34.3 percent on third downs. Maryland held VT to 4-of-16 on third downs (25%) including seven three-and-outs, well above its season average of 4.67 per game. Holding the Hokies to 25 percent on third down was the Terps third-best performance of the season. Maryland held West Virginia to 2-for-12 (16.7%) on third down and Syracuse to 3-for-14 (21.4%). Maryland currently ranks sixth in the ACC and is tied for 18th nationally holding opponents to 33.3 percent on third down.
• Defensive back William Likely earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors after scoring his first career touchdown on a 63-yard punt return midway through the second quarter. Likely became the first Terrapin to return a punt since Tony Logan took one back 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010. It was also Maryland’s longest punt return since Logan’s 84-yard score against the Blue Devils. Likely is averaging 13.8 yards per punt return, which is currently the fifth-best average in a single season in school history. Additionally, his average would break a Maryland freshman record currently held by Orlando Strozier (10.46, 1993).
Brown on the Ground
• Quarterback C.J. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries and two touchdowns in Saturday’s win at Virginia Tech.
• It marked Brown’s sixth career 100-yard rushing performance, which is tops among active quarterbacks in the ACC. In addition, the total is tied for the seventh-best rushing performance by a Maryland quarterback in school history. The senior signal-caller holds seven of those performances with three coming this season.
• His six career 100-yard rushing games are tied for sixth all-time at Maryland. He is one shy of tying Louis Carter (1972-74) for fifth all-time.
• Brown’s 23 carries is the most for a Terrapin quarterback since Jamarr Robinson carried the ball 24 times against Virginia Tech on Nov. 14, 2009.
• Brown now has 13 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Scott McBrien (2002-03), Chris Downs (2001-02) and Jack Scarbath (1950-52) for 20th in Maryland history. His eight rushing TDs this season is tied for the 20th-highest single-season total in school history.
Career Day for Monroe
• Defensive lineman Andre Monroe finished with a career-best three sacks against the Hokies to increase his season total to 6.5, which is tied for ninth in the ACC.
• Monroe has 11.5 sacks in 19 career games, which ties him for fifth nationally in total sacks per game among active players.
• Paired with linebacker Marcus Whitfield (8.0 sacks), Maryland is the only team in the ACC with two players that rank in the top 10 in sacks in the conference.
Meet at the Quarterback
• Maryland’s defense racked up a season-high seven sacks against the Hokies. That total is the most by a Maryland defense since the unit had eight at West Virginia on Oct. 5, 2002.
• The mark also is tied for the second most in an ACC game this season and is tied for the 10th most nationally.
• The unit’s 30 sacks on the season is tied for the third-highest mark in the conference and is tied for the 12th most in the nation.
• Maryland’s season total is already the most by a Terrapin defense since 2003 (35) and with a 3.00 sack per game averge the unit is on pace to total 36 sacks. That would be the most in a season since 2002 (38).
Likely to the House
• Defensive back William Likely scored his first career touchdown in Blacksburg when he returned a punt 63 yards for Maryland’s opening score.
• It marked Maryland’s first punt return for a touchdown since Tony Logan returned one 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010.
• It was Maryland’s first special teams touchdown of the season and the first since Stefon Diggs returned a kickoff 99 yards at North Carolina last season (Nov. 24).
• The touchdown is Maryland’s third non-offensive touchdown, which is tied for fifth in the conference. Defensive backs A.J. Hendy and Dexter McDougle each returned an interception for a TD this season. Hendy scored against West Virginia (Sept. 21) and McDougle scored at UConn (Sept. 14).
• Likely totaled all of Maryland’s 106 punt return yards on Saturday. It is the third-highest punt return total for a team in an ACC game this season and it is tied for the 16th-best individual performance nationally.
• The freshman is averaging 13.8 yards per punt return, which is fourth in the ACC and 12th among FBS schools. As a kick returner, Likely is averaging 25.5 yards per return, the fifth-best average in the ACC and 29th nationally.
Maryland Gameday Notes
Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are quarterback Dustin Dailey (offense), defensive back Tony Perry (defense), and defensive back Elvis Dennah (special teams).
Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Zeke Riser will carry the American flag, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.
Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadership council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Boston College game are running back Albert Reid (offense), defensive lineman Keith Bowers (defense), and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (special teams).
Maryland-Boston College Series History
• Maryland and Boston College meet for the 11th time on Saturday in a series that began in 1985. The Eagles lead the all-time series, 7-3.
• BC has won the past two meetings and four of the last five. The Eagles won last season’s meeting in Chestnut Hill, 20-17.
• The Terps have fallen to the Eagles the last two games in College Park (2009, 2011). Maryland’s last win at home over the Eagles came in 2007, 42-35.