Terrapins hit with only minor injuries

September 30, 1990|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Maryland came out of yesterday's 45-17 loss to No. 6 Michigan much healthier than they did after last year's game against the Wolverines.

Last year, the Terps lost five starters for a considerable amount of playing time against the Wolverines, including starting quarterback Neil O'Donnell, who never completely recovered during the rest of the season from an injury to his throwing hand.

This time, Maryland starting H-back Frank Wycheck and starting tight end Bret Boehly did not play in the second half because of injuries. Wycheck suffered from a bruised back and Boehly had bruised ribs.

Starting halfback Troy Jackson suffered a mildly sprained knee, and starting free safety Mike Thomas twisted a knee.

"It's important for us to sit down tomorrow and evaluate these injuries," said Maryland coach Joe Krivak. "I hope it's nothing serious -- just a few minor bruises and so forth."

* Even though Maryland's offense continues to have problems while the defense has played well, the Terps say there is no division within the team. They also defended the play of quarterback Scott Zolak, who has thrown seven passes that were intercepted in the past two games, including three yesterday.

"We can't have any division," said inside linebacker Scott Whittier. "We can't let that type of stuff destroy our team.

"We all make mistakes and we all make big plays," said Whittier. "I'm not going over there to get on Scott's case because he made a mistake. He doesn't do it when I make one. We're making mistakes because we're playing against nationally ranked teams every week, and when you do that, those things are going to happen."

Maryland wide receiver Barry Johnson said: "A lot of times we were open yesterday, but Scott didn't have the time. It's hard to throw when you have someone hanging on you."

* Linebacker Glenn Page intercepted a Michigan pass in the first period, the Terps' first interception of the season.

* Junior defensive tackle Larry Webster had only three tackles in his personal battle with Michigan offensive tackle Greg Skrepenak, but he forced Wolverines quarterback Elvis Grbac to throw early several times, and penetrated the Michigan backfield numerous times to make running back Jon Vaughn change his directions

"I thought I played OK," said Webster, "but it really doesn't matter unless your team wins."

* Maryland may have discovered another H-back yesterday. True freshman Chad Wiestling, filling in for the injured Wycheck, had nine catches for 77 yards. Wycheck, who was second in the nation, averaging 9.5 receptions, had four for 27 yards before he left.

Sophomore tight end Brett Stevenson, filling in for Boehly, had three catches for 31 yards.

Maryland quarterback James Sandwisch, who replaced Zolak midway through the fourth period, completed seven of eight passes for 65 yards.

"It's good to get them in and see them play well," said Krivak. "You never know which horses you're going to need down the stretch."

* Maryland sophomore running back Andre Vaughn, a graduate of Oakland Mills, scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 2-yard run in the second period. Vaughn was stopped at the line of scrimmage but carried two Wolverines into the end zone.

"It was very satisfying, especially against a team like Michigan," he said.

* Johnson, who needed 24 receptions to become Maryland's all-time leading receiver, had three for 56 yards. Gene Thomas, who scored two game-winners late for Maryland earlier this season, did not have a reception.

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