Williams gives Terps super results as sub for injured Mason Maryland notebook

November 07, 1993|By Paul McMullen and Milton Kent | Paul McMullen and Milton Kent,Staff Writers

COLLEGE PARK -- Allen Williams' offensive contribution to Maryland this season consisted of four carries against Duke and one against Clemson.

Yesterday, Williams carried 30 times for 118 yards, both season highs for Maryland and the most yards by an individual against Florida State since Miami's Stephen McGuire gained 142 in 1991.

Williams, a junior-college transfer who played against Charlie Ward when both were high school stars in Thomasville, Ga., got his chance when superback Mark Mason aggravated an ankle injury on the third play of the game.

He led a big day for Maryland's offensive reserves, as Kevin Foley filled in at quarterback when Scott Milanovich needed a break and completed seven of nine passes for 150 yards; the offensive line didn't allow a sack with redshirt freshman Erik Greenstein making his first start at left guard; and true freshmen Mancel Johnson and Geroy Simon made some big catches.

With leading wide receiver Jermaine Lewis out with a shoulder injury and Russ Weaver limited to one catch, Andrew Carter and Jason Kremus had seven and five receptions for the Terps, respectively.

It was the second straight year that Florida State had trouble with Maryland's run-and-shoot offense -- the 20 points were the most against the Seminoles this season. The Terps became the first team to score against the Seminoles in the second quarter, and the 68-yard pass from Foley to Johnson was the longest surrendered by Florida State.

The attack centered on an offensive line that knew the Terps had to run to have any chance. Traps and draws to Williams negated the Seminoles' vaunted pass rush.

"They [Florida State] didn't know what we were going to do," left guard Steve Ingram said. "We were the last team to gain 400 yards on them [a year ago], and we knew we could do it again. We really kept them off balance."

So, who are we playing next?

If Maryland, and Williams in particular, could run over the Seminoles, what will No. 2 Notre Dame do next week at home against Florida State?

"It could be 100 degrees out there, but Notre Dame is going to run the ball," said linebacker Derrick Brooks.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said: "Maryland exploited our weakness against the run up the middle. We are very suspect in terms of that. I'm sure [Notre Dame coach] Lou Holtz is licking his chops."

"I'm sure that Notre Dame will look at the films and try to steal a few things," Maryland quarterback Milanovich said.

The run-happy Irish figure to try to do what the Terps did yesterday. Florida State had allowed opponents an average of just under 92 yards on the ground before yesterday, but the Terps ran for 140 yards and gained 453 yards in total offense on the nation's No. 1 defense.

Bowden said: "If Maryland can score 20 points on us without any gifts, then Notre Dame will get 40."

If there's one good thing to yesterday's game for Florida State, it is that the Seminoles don't have to deny that they're looking ahead to Notre Dame.

"This is the biggest game of all of our careers. There's no sense of trying to hide it," receiver Matt Frier said.

Winnin' time

The Seminoles' victory was their 16th straight, which ties a school record for consecutive victories, set in 1990 and 1991.

The Seminoles also nailed down their second straight Atlantic Coast Conference title and are unbeaten in 15 league games.

They also broke Maryland's 16-year ACC record for consecutive victories.


It was a long afternoon for the Terps secondary. Andreal Johnson, a freshman from Miami who wanted to impress the folks back home, was beaten for two touchdowns . . . Orlando Strozier was beaten on another touchdown pass, and a questionable pass interference call against him led to the Seminoles' final touchdown . . . Inside linebacker Ratcliff Thomas, another true freshman, led the Terps with 12 tackles . . . Derrick Brooks, playing for the first time since the Seminoles beat Miami Oct. 9, and fellow linebacker Ken Alexander had 13 tackles apiece . . . Florida State's touchdown drives lasted 2:35, 1:45, 3:01, 1:45, 3:22, 3:04 and 6:17.

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