To a great degree, defenders suffer Heat, no-huddle offense exhaust weary Terrapins

Maryland notebook

September 14, 1997|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The temperature was 97 degrees, but maybe that was at a meteorological station. On the field at Doak Campbell Stadium, a thermometer read 120.

It seemed even hotter for Maryland's defenders, whose misery was compounded by Florida State's no-huddle offense yesterday.

"We've been babied as far as the weather is concerned," strong safety Paul Jackson said. "It rained all week in College Park, and we were spoiled by the weather there."

Florida State used 52 players in the first quarter. Defensive tackle Johnnie Hicks didn't blame the oppressive conditions for Maryland's inability to ruffle quarterback Thad Busby, just a shift in the Seminoles' blocking schemes.

"I was disappointed in our inability to pressure the quarterback," coach Ron Vanderlinden said. "Our entire secondary is brand new, and that limits some of the things we can do. We don't have a lot of wrinkles."

Youth movement

Maryland keeps getting younger.

The Terps started first-year player Matt Kalapinski at H-back, instead of redshirt junior Peter Timmins. With Tim Brown out indefinitely with damage to a knee ligament, Mike Hull started at tight end and caught two passes. Hull is a redshirt freshman who starred at South Hagerstown High.

Jason Hatala became the seventh first-year freshman to play for the Terps this season, when he called for a fair catch on a fourth-quarter punt.

LaMont Jordan's 44-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the longest by a Terps freshman since 1986, and the third-longest ever by a Maryland rookie. Tony Jackson, The Sun's Athlete of the Year at Wilde Lake in 1996-97, worked at free safety from the second quarter on and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter.

Former Dunbar standout Tommy Polley, The Sun's Athlete of the Year in 1995-96, got his first snaps at outside linebacker for the Seminoles. Polley was a big hit in Florida State's last full scrimmage in August, but there are too many veterans in front of him.

Polley was, however, one of 33 freshmen to play for the Seminoles.

Fluent kicker

For all of Florida State's talent, the most NFL-ready player may be 6-foot-2, 215-pound Sebastian Janikowski, a left-footed first-year freshman kicker with incredible range.

A former member of the Polish under-17 national soccer team, Janikowski moved to Daytona Beach three years ago, to be near his father. His soccer skills attracted the attention of several South American clubs, until he became a smash at American football.

Et cetera

FSU took Maryland's wide receivers out of the game. Brian Cummings' only completion to a wideout was to reserve Harold Westley, for 1 yard. Hicks broke a bone in his left hand, but said he won't miss a game. The Terps tried some trickery in a second-quarter punt formation and fooled no one, as Russell Edwards' pass to Paul Jackson fell incomplete. It set up Janikowski's 49-yard field goal.

Wrong side of 40

Since World War II, Maryland has lost only seven games by 40 or more points:

8.Yr. .. .. .Opponent .. ..Result .. .. ..Diff.

'93 .. .. .Penn State .. ..70-7 .. .. .. ..63

'92 .. .. .at Fla. State ..69-21 .. .. .. .48

'68 .. .. .Penn State .. ..57-13 .. .. .. .44

'97 .. ....at Fla. State ..50-7 .. .. .. ..43

'95 .. .. .at Fla. State ..59-17 .. .. .. .42

'91 .. .. .Penn State-* ...47-7 .. .. .. ..40

'69 .. .. .at Clemson .. ..40-0 .. .. .. ..40

% *-at Memorial Stadium

Pub Date: 9/14/97

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