COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Following its second and final open date of the season, the Maryland football team welcomes Syracuse to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for a 3:33 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. It is Maryland’s first meeting against Syracuse as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps and Orange have met a total of 34 times, but have not played each other since 1994, a 21-16 Syracuse victory at the Carrier Dome. The Orange have won four straight in the series. The Terps last win at home against the Orange came on Oct. 8, 1983, by the score of 34-13.
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. Wes Durham (pbp), Brian Stann (color) and Jenn Hildreth (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 82 and XM Radio Channel 196, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.
Military Appreciation Day
The Terps matchup with Syracuse on Saturday will serve as Maryland’s Military Appreciation Game. All military personnel that present their military ID at the gate can purchase tickets for $10.
In addition, several in-game ceremonies are scheduled to recognize members of the military.
• Last time out, the Terps fell to eighth-ranked Clemson 40-27. Maryland got within three points of the Tigers at 16-13 early in the third quarter before Clemson scored 17 straight points to pull away. Starting in place of the injured C.J. Brown, quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for 287 yards and a career-best three touchdown passes. Rowe’s first scoring pass of the game went for 71 yards to wide receiver Levern Jacobs. The 71-yard catch-and-run is Maryland’s longest scoring play of the season and is the Terps’ longest touchdown reception since Sept. 18, 2010, when Jamarr Robinson hooked up with Torrey Smith at West Virginia for an 80-yard score. In addition, it is the second time in as many games Rowe completed a touchdown pass to Jacobs for over 50 yards. A week before at Wake Forest (10/19), Rowe found Jacobs over the middle for a 56-yard touchdown.
• Jacobs’ touchdown propelled the wideout to a career day and continued a big-play trend for the Terrapin offense. The sophomore from Temple Hills, Md., had a career-high eight receptions for a personal-best 158 yards, which is the second-best yardage total for a Terrapin receiver this season. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 yards receiving against Old Dominion (9/7). Jacobs’ 19.8 yards per reception average led the team as the Terps’ averaged 14.4 yards per completion for the game. The Terps are averaging 14.9 yards per completion for the season, a mark which ranks fourth in the ACC and 10th nationally. For the year, the Terps are averaging 281.4 yards passing per game, which ranks fourth in the conference.
• .After not generating a turnover in the previous three games, Maryland turned Clemson over three times (two fumble recoveries, one interception) to increase its season total to 16, which is tied for the fourth highest total in the league, and the unit’s seven fumble recoveries is tied for the third highest total in the ACC. Linebacker Matt Robinson forced one fumble and recovered another. Defensive back Isaac Goins picked off his second pass of the season and in four conference games has three pass breakups and an interception to average 1.00 pass defensed per game, which ranks 10th in the ACC.
• .After totaling 17 sacks in the season’s first four games, the Terps were held to just two in their previous three games before getting back on track against the Tigers. Maryland tallied four sacks including career-firsts for linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield added one sack to increase his team-high total to 7.5. His season total is tied for ninth nationally. In addition, Maryland tied a season high with nine tackles for loss against the Tigers with Ngakoue recording a team-high three. The Terps are averaging 7.9 per game, which ranks second in the ACC and is tied for 10th nationally.
• .Linebacker Cole Farrand turned in one of the best defensive performances in Maryland history against Clemson. Farrand finished with a career-high 23 tackles, which is an ACC single-game high this season and the second most in a single game nationally. The last Maryland player to top Farrand’s 23 was Scott Rosen on Oct. 27, 1990. Rosen finished with 30 tackles at North Carolina.
• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted two field goals both from 41 yards out against the Tigers. Craddock is now 15-for-18 this season and 14-for-15 from under 50 yards. Craddock is averaging 1.88 field goals per game, which ranks second in the ACC and seventh nationally. The sophomore was named as one of the 20 Lou Groza Award semifinalists this week.
Quick Hitters From Clemson
• Linebacker Cole Farrand recorded a career-best 23 tackles. It is the most tackles recorded by a Maryland player since Scott Rosen had 30 tackles at North Carolina on Oct. 27, 1990.
• Farrand’s 23 tackles are the highest single-game total in the ACC this season and the second highest single-game total nationally (FBS and FCS). Since the 2008 season, Farrand’s total is tied for the fifth most in a single game nationally (FBS).
• Maryland held Clemson to three touchdowns on seven redzone opportunities including holding the Tigers to three field goals on four redzone trips in the first half. The Terps lead the ACC in holding opponents to field goals inside the redzone. Maryland has held opponents to 18 touchdowns on 30 opportunities in the redzone.
• The Terps have two of the top-10 quarterbacks in the ACC in terms of passing efficiency after Caleb Rowe made his second start of the season against the Tigers. C.J. Brown ranks fourth with an efficiency rating of 153.4 and Rowe is ninth with a rating of 120.3.
• Wide receiver Levern Jacobs had a career-high 158 yards receiving on a career-best eight receptions, which is the ninth highest single-game receiving total in the ACC this season. In addition, his receiving total is the 10th highest single-game receiving total since 2000 at Maryland. Over that span, Torrey Smith has the highest mark, 224 yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010.
• With his 153 receiving yards, Jacobs became the third Terrapin receiver to go over 100 yards this season joiningStefon Diggs (179, Old Dominion; 110, Connecticut) and Deon Long (110, FIU).
• With 287 yards through the air, Maryland now has 2,251 passing yards and is averaging 281.4 yards per game. The Terps are on pace to average 3,376.8 passing yards this season, which would be the most since the 1993 season when Maryland passed for a school record 3,823 yards.
• Overall, the Terps are averaging 431.0 yards of total offense. That mark is the highest per game average since 2001 when the Terps averaged 439.7 yards per game.
• Three Terps set career highs against the Tigers. Running back Albert Reid finished with a career-high 70 yards rushing to lead the Terps on the ground. Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his first career touchdown pass andNigel King finished with career bests in receptions (5) and receiving yards (76).
• The Terps totaled four sacks against the Tigers increasing their season total to 23, a mark that is tied for fourth in the conference. It was Maryland’s fifth multi-sack game of the season and linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty record their first career sacks.
• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield picked up his 7.5 sack against Clemson. Whitfield is a 0.5 sack shy of tying for 15th all-time in a single season at Maryland. In addition, his 7.5 sacks is the most by a Terrapin since Shawne Merriman had 8.5 in 2004.
• Whitfield also finished with two tackles for loss increasing his team-high total to 11.5, the fifth-best total in the ACC. His 11.5 TFL has cost opponents 94 yards, which is tied with Mark Duda for the fourth most in a single season in school history. He is seven yards shy of tying Martin Van Horn for third.
• As a team, the Terps tied a season high with nine TFL against Clemson. Maryland is averaging 7.9 TFL per game, which ranks second in the ACC and is tied for 10th nationally. The team’s average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.
• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted two field goals both from 41 yards and is now 15-for-18 this season and is 14-for-15 from under 50 yards. The Lou Groza Award semifinalist is averaging 1.88 field goals per game this season, which ranks second in the ACC and seventh nationally.
• Craddock ranks fourth all-time at Maryland currently with an 83.3 percent single-season field goal percentage and his 15 made field goals is tied for the 15th-highest total in a single season.
Maryland Gameday Notes
Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are offensive lineman Dylan O’Connor (offense), defensive back Elvis Dennah (defense), and linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (special teams).
Flag Bearers: Running back William Likely will carry the American flag, and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr., 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 Syracuse game are offensive lineman Ryan Doyle (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and long snapper Greg Parcher (special teams).
Maryland-Syracuse Series History
• The Terps and Orange are set for their 35th all-time meeting, but first since 1994 and first as members of the ACC. Maryland trails the series 14-18-2 with the Orange winning the last four. (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994).
• The Terps are 5-9-1 all-time against the Orange at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium with their last home win coming in 1983 by a 34-14 score.
• Maryland’s last win in the series was in 1985 at the Pontiac Silverdome. The Terps won that matchup 35-18.