A familiar tune puts team in line for record

November 14, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After hitting statistical rock bottom in a loss at Georgia Tech on Oct. 9, the Maryland defense followed with three decent efforts. It reverted to its September form yesterday, however, and the Terps will have to come up big in their final regular-season game to avoid NCAA record-book ignominy.

The NCAA season record for yards allowed per game is 536. After allowing North Carolina State 540 in a 44-21 loss yesterday, the Terps are allowing 550.6 per game. They'll have to allow fewer than 390 yards next Saturday at Wake Forest to keep that record with Kansas.

The Terps had five healthy players for four secondary positions. Two-thirds of the normal three-man rotation at the safety spots were unavailable, as junior safety Raphael Wall stayed home with a shoulder sprain and freshman Lamont Gore tested a sore back but changed out of uniform after not playing in the first half.

Regular cornerback Orlando Strozier joined Angel Guerra at safety, and when Guerra went out with an injury, linebackers Mike Settles and Cleveland Everhart moved back to the secondary. True freshmen Andreal Johnson and Andre Martin, taking over the spot vacated by Strozier, started and went almost the entire way at the corners.

Strozier stopped N. C. State's first possession with an interception and 23-yard return that set up Maryland's first touchdown, a 12-yard run by Allen Williams. The Wolfpack punted on their next possession, but their offensive line owned the Terps over the next 48 minutes.

"We had made some progress, worked real hard on tackling, but we regressed in that area in the second half," defensive coordinator Larry Slade said. "When it started going bad, everything went bad."

ACC big in bowl picture

The Atlantic Coast Conference is guaranteed four bowl berths, and hopeful that five of its nine members will get invitations.

N. C. State reached the required minimum of six victories against Division I-A opponents, as did Clemson in its upset win over Virginia. Florida State, the ACC champion, will be playing somewhere New Year's Day, as could North Carolina and N. C. State.

Sheridan shows up

Dick Sheridan, who unexpectedly resigned as the N. C. State coach in late June because of health problems that he has yet to elaborate on, made his first appearance at Carter-Finley Stadium during the pre-game ceremony in which 21 seniors were honored. He didn't stay around to watch the game, however.

In seven seasons, Sheridan had 52-29-3 record and took the Wolfpack to six bowl games.


Allen Williams had six carries for 40 yards on the Terps' first possession. . . . Falling behind in the second half, Maryland resorted to a more familiar weapon, and Milanovich finished with 22 completions in 28 attempts for 244 yards. He went over 3,000 yards for the season (3,083) and threw his 21st touchdown pass. . . . Freshman WR Geroy Simon, playing in the slot, had nine catches for 96 yards. . . . Sophomore Gene Gray had his first start at linebacker. . . . The 71-yard bomb in the third quarter was Eddie Goines' 10th touchdown catch of the season and the 14th of his career, tying the school record. Goines' 118 yards receiving gave him 858 for his career, beating the school record set by Naz Worthen in 1988.

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