Washington adds power to second-half drives

Maryland notes

October 20, 1991|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. -- Larry Washington, a true freshman from Randallstown, rushed for 35 yards on seven carries yesterday, helping Maryland to three second-half scoring drives.

Washington, 5 feet 11, 198 pounds, ran over and through opposing tacklers in the 23-22 win against Wake Forest.

Washington, who rushed for 2,275 yards and 36 touchdowns for the Rams last season, had played sparingly for the Terps this year, mostly as a kick returner.

He is expected to play more in the backfield next week against Duke at Byrd Stadium.

"There were times when he made something when we didn't get the blocks," said Maryland coach Joe Krivak. "He seemed to pick our team up. He ran as hard as I've seen a running back run. Our players seemed to get excited. I know I did."

Asked whether Washington would start next week, Krivak said: "I don't know. What difference does it make if a kid starts or not when he is in on 20 to 25 plays? This is a team game."

Washington, who also had two catches for 27 yards, said: "It feels great to be involved in the offense. It's hard to sit on the sidelines. I just tried to run some people over, instead of running sideways. That's the way I normally run."

* Maryland's defense continued to have problems, giving up 443 yards of total offense. But some newcomers played well.

Nose guard Jim Panagos, who was in most of the second half, finished with four tackles. He had several hurries (moving the quarterback from the pocket). Defensive tackle Derek Steele finished with three tackles.

But the Terps were hurt by missed tackles and the long ball.

Wake Forest threw a 66-yard touchdown pass, Maryland's fourth given up in three weeks.

"Everybody knows we're inexperienced back there, so they're going to challenge us," said Maryland free safety Bill Inge. "That really hurt the team, and it really embarrassed me because it was in my zone."

MISCELLANEOUS: The Terps reported no injuries. . . . QB Jim Sandwisch, who was removed twice yesterday for several plays after fierce hits, threw for 318 yards, the most for a Terps quarterback since Dan Henning threw for 367 in 1986. . . . Junior SE Marcus Badgett is becoming the big-play receiver. He had 5 yesterday for 94 yards, including a long of 42. He also had an 11-yard TD reception. . . . Redshirt freshman HB Doug Burnett, sharing the starting role with Troy Jackson for the first time this season, had 40 yards rushing on 8 carries. . . . The Terps, despite missing 2 starters on the offensive line, gave up just 1 sack. . . . The win was No. 500 in the 99 years Maryland has had a football program. The program's record is 500-434-41.

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