Penn State rivalry gives Maryland a new focus

October 28, 1990|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Despite losing, 34-10, to North Carolina yesterday and possibly being eliminated from the bowl picture, a few Maryland players said they will have no trouble getting ready for Penn State in two weeks.

Maryland has a week off (not to be confused with yesterday) before traveling to meet the Nittany Lions on Nov. 10.

"I look at it this way," said Maryland cornerback Scott Rosen "Despite rankings and records, we've always played Penn State tough over the years. It's the biggest game on our schedule. We'll get up."

Maryland quarterback Scott Zolak said: "It's an uphill battle from here, but this team has shown the ability to come back all year. We can either pack it in now, or keep busting our butts. I think we'll take the second choice."

* Maryland coach Joe Krivak held out starting H-back Fran Wycheck yesterday because of a thigh injury. Without Wycheck, the Terps were forced to move reserve tight end Vance Phillips to the position.

"It limited our offense, but that wasn't the biggest problem," said Krivak.

Phillips had only one reception, for 7 yards. Wycheck, who set single-season record for receptions this year, has 54 for 474 yards.

* Maryland reserve strong safety Johnny Vessels was remove from the game and taken to a nearby hospital yesterday because of a rapid heartbeat after the first half.

Maryland spokesman Joe Blair said Vessels was doing fine and he was taken to the hospital only as a precautionary measure.

* Maryland wide receiver Barry Johnson had three receptions fo 55 yards, moving him into second on the all-time Terps career list with 102. Johnson now only trails Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof who had 108.

Johnson, though, dropped three passes in the first half yesterday.

"I stunk," he said.

* Yesterday's win guaranteed North Carolina (5-2-1) its firs non-losing season in three years under coach Mack Brown.

"It's a big win for us. It's a league game. We proved we can bea a good team. And we proved we can come from behind to win," said Brown.

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