Subs in Terps secondary play key roles in victory TERRAPINS NOTEBOOK

October 23, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Lamont Gore, Angel Guerra and Darrick Rather aren't listed as starters in Maryland's secondary, but last night all three played pivotal roles in the Terps' 42-27 win over Georgia Tech.

Gore, who emerged as the Terrapins' second-leading tackler last year as a true freshman, was one of three Maryland defensive backs to intercept a pass -- the others coming from Rather and A. J. Johnson.

Rather, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior, got his interception in the second quarter. He later tipped a pass to Johnson, who returned it 39 yards to help set up a 1-yard touchdown run by reserve quarterback Brian Cummings.

"Georgia Tech likes to throw deep, and we were ready for them tonight," said Gore. "Our secondary came away with three picks tonight and that was one of our goals, but we wouldn't have been able to do that if our defensive line didn't step up. The whole defense played well."

Maryland coach Mark Duffner agreed and took it one step further.

"I'm awfully proud of the way our entire team played tonight," said Duffner. "We answered the bell on the sudden-change defense and came away with a great Atlantic Coast Conference victory."

Cheering section

Georgia Tech senior inside linebacker Jamal Cox, a Gilman graduate, may have upset the people at the will-call window at Byrd Stadium with his ticket request, but the ACC's leading tackler didn't disappoint his fans, getting nine tackles.

Record book update

Scott Milanovich continued his climb toward the top of several categories in the Maryland record book. The junior quarterback moved past Neil O'Donnell on the career completion list early in the third quarter with a pass to wide receiver Geroy Simon. The pass was Milanovich's 13th completion of the game and the 388th of his career. He completed 22 of 31 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns, leaving him 64 completions shy of all-time leader Boomer Esaison (461).

Milanovich's first pass of the game, a 33-yarder to Simon, moved him ahead Dan Henning (4,560) on the Terps' career passing yards list.

Junior wide-out Jermaine Lewis took over the No. 8 spot in receptions and moved into a tie for second in touchdown receptions with a 9-yard pass from Milanovich midway through the first quarter. Lewis had a touchdown catch of 60 yards late in the fourth quarter, putting him five behind Greg Hill (18).

Audience pleaser

The last time the Terps played a night game at Byrd Stadium was last year, when several high school recruits saw Penn State romp, 70-7. Last night, Bobby Sabelhaus and Dwayne Stukes of McDonogh were among the potential recruits. They saw Maryland put up its most points since Sept. 11, 1993, when it lost to North Carolina, 59-42.

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