Offensive show puts Stanicek in spotlight

Maryland notebook

September 12, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA — CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sophomore quarterback Scott Milanovich plans to have many more games like yesterday's, when he set a Maryland record with five touchdown passes and tied another with 405 yards.

Milanovich's counterpart yesterday, North Carolina junior Jason Stanicek, also had the best game of his career, completing his first nine passes and finishing 14 of 17 for 288 yards and two touchdowns. It was a career high in yards passing for Stanicek, but one he doesn't expect to duplicate soon in the Tar Heels' option offense. His previous best was 237 yards against North Carolina State last year.

"Today was just a highlight film," Stanicek said. "We have players on our team who can make the big play. My job is to get the ball in their hands so they can do that."

Stanicek was right about the highlight film. North Carolina had six touchdown drives that required 2:23 or less, and four of Maryland's six took up less than two minutes.

Jason is the younger brother of Pete Stanicek, a utility player for the Orioles in 1987 and '88. His experience in the shadow of someone else will come in handy Saturday night, since the Tar Heels face Heisman Trophy candidate Charlie Ward and top-ranked Florida State.

Long road back

Junior Kameron Williams completed a satisfying comeback when coach Mark Duffner inserted him at superback in place of Mark Mason on Maryland's first possession.

Playing ahead of Doug Burnett and Larry Washington, Williams carried three times for 4 yards, but statistics weren't the story. Williams last played in 1990 against Alabama, when he was a true freshman at Cincinnati. He sat out 1991 as a transfer at Maryland, and fractured his pubic bone in spring practice in 1992, causing him to miss all of last season. His practice availability is determined on a day-to-day basis.

"The doctor said I'd never play again," Williams said. "It's been three years since I've been in a game, and it feels great."

Mason led the Terps with 52 yards rushing, 37 coming in the first half. He also caught six passes for 42 yards, the same figures put up by redshirt freshman wide receiver Andrew Carter.

Nine players caught passes from Milanovich. Geroy Simon caught one, and with Jason Brown making an appearance at linebacker, those two brought to eight the number of true freshmen who've played for the Terps.

Long gone again

For the second straight week, blown assignments turned into big plays that burned the Terps. On North Carolina's second play, tight end Greg De Long was left uncovered and turned a short pattern into a 68-yard gain. It was the first of many mistakes by Maryland.

"It's still a step forward for us," defensive coordinator Larry Slade said, "because the young guys are getting reps. The more they're out there, the better they'll be."

Miscellaneous

LB Tim Brown (hip pointer) was the only injury reported by the Terps. Sophomore WR Wade Inge missed his second straight game with a knee injury. . . . Curtis Johnson's 90-yard touchdown was the second-longest in North Carolina history, behind only S. A. Ashe's 95-yarder versus Trinity (which would become Duke) in 1891. . . . FS Angel Guerra had 12 first hits for the Terps. Chad Wiestling had nine and five assists. . . Despite passing 50 times, Milanovich was sacked only three times.

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