Wycheck turns in super performance Runs for 102 yards, and 2 touchdowns

Maryland notebook

November 01, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- This was one occasion when the term "superback" was actually earned.

NB Maryland junior slot receiver Frank Wycheck had received exten

sive time at the superback position in Maryland's run-and-shoot offense the last three weeks, and yesterday he got extensive playing time in the Terps' 31-24 loss to North Carolina.

Wycheck, a 6-foot-3, 234-pound junior, was pressed into full-time duty when starter Doug Burnett had to leave the game with 12:58 left in the

second period with a sprained left knee.

Wycheck finished the game rushing for 102 yards on 19 carries, the first Maryland back to gain 100 yards since Mark Mason in game No. 4 against Penn State. He had touchdown runs of 20 and 1 yards

Wycheck also had eight receptions for 56 yards.

He plans to sleep well tonight.

"I got tired from the six or seven defensive linemen falling on me after every play," said Wycheck. "They kind of take the wind out of you."

Wycheck has been used sparingly by Terps coach Mark Duffner this season because the run-and-shoot uses wide receivers, and Wycheck is a tight end/h-back.

"I definitely feel I can contribute to this football team, and I'm satisfied with my participation today," said Wycheck. "I'm getting that feeling back when I was a running back at Archbishop Ryan High."

"I have played offensive back since I was 5 years old," said Wycheck. "I'm a little slower now, but I still have the instincts."

Actually, Wycheck in the team's No. 6 superback. Four of the previous starters have been injured, and Rapahel Wall was moved to the defensive secondary two weeks ago. Wall will probably practice as the No. 1 superback this week.

Tar Heels bowl-bound

North Carolina virtually assured itself of a bowl game with a win over Maryland yesterday. It was the Tar Heels' seventh win of the season.

"Our focus today was to win and assure ourselves of a bowl game, because of what we have done the past two weeks," said North Carolina coach Mack Brown, whose team beat Virginia and Georgia Tech before playing Maryland. "Now we have seven wins. This was a pressure game for us."

Last chance forfeited

Maryland had a chance for late-game heroics in the closing seconds for the second straight week when the Tar Heels punted, giving Maryland possession at its own 24 with eight seconds left in the game.

North Carolina, though, was given a first down because Maryland had too many players on the field.

"I was looking forward to the challenge again," said Maryland quarterback John Kaleo, who directed an 89-yard touchdown drive in the last 13 seconds a week ago in Maryland's 27-25 win against Duke.

Miscellaneous

With 31 completions against North Carolina, Kaleo set a Maryland rcord for completions in a season. Kaleo now has 239. The old record was 225 by Scott Zolak during the 1990 season. Kaleo also set a school record for attempts in a game yesterday with 58. He had the record of 56 set earlier this year against N.C. State. . . . Running back Natrone Means is the first North Carolina palyer to rush for more than 1,000- yards in two straight years since Ethan Horton in 1983-84. . . . Maryland senior linebacker Mike Jarmolowich had 10 tackles and is now third on the all-time list with 392. Eric Wilson is No. 1 with 481 and Chuck Faucette second with 466.

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