Brooks makes lot of good choices UM's Cummings struggles, 'probably' to remain starter

Maryland notebook

November 02, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

COLLEGE PARK -- He ran, he threw, he conquered.

That summed up the day for Virginia junior quarterback Aaron Brooks. He accounted for 222 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns in just 2 1/2 quarters of a 45-0 blowout win over Maryland.

But what the few spectators realized was that Brooks could have been a regular at Byrd Stadium. Maryland, which didn't sign a quarterback to a scholarship in 1994, made a major push that year for Brooks, who played high school football in Newport News, Va.

"If I hadn't gone to Virginia," Brooks said, "I would have been standing on that other sideline today."

Brooks, who has had to battle freshman Dan Ellis for the starting job, completed 11 of 16 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Out of the pocket, Brooks proved just as troublesome, rushing for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Conversely, Virginia had little problem with Maryland senior quarterback Brian Cummings.

Playing in his final home game, Cummings completed only five of 14 passes and was sacked three times. He moved into fifth place all-time at Maryland for career attempts yesterday and is 38 completions away from jumping ahead of Dan Henning into fourth place.

Cummings, who skipped the post-game news conference, was replaced by Ken Mastrole midway through the third quarter. Mastrole couldn't jump-start the Maryland offense either, missing eight of 11 pass attempts.

However, Mastrole was at the helm on the Terps' final and most effective drive, which included a touchdown called back because of a holding penalty and a missed 32-yard field-goal attempt as time expired.

When asked if Cummings would start Saturday's game at N.C. State, Terrapins coach Ron Vanderlinden paused and said, "Well, probably."

Seniors have losing send-off

Senior day turned into a comedy of errors for most of the Terps playing their last game at Byrd.

Cummings struggled. Running back Buddy Rodgers dropped passes and ran for 10 yards on seven carries. And a senior-dominated defensive line provided no pressure.

"I walked off the field thinking of the past two games," said defensive end Eric Ogbogu, who only made four tackles and still needs just 1 1/2 sacks to rank second on the school's all-time list. "We weren't going to have a winning season and not going to a bowl game. It's tough for everybody to lose this game."

Byrd attendance dwindles

With yesterday's crowd of 23,479, Maryland drew 165,349 fans over six games at Byrd Stadium. That's an average of 27,558 per game -- the lowest average in the 1990s.

Attendance had usually gone up in odd-numbered years, when interstate rivals Virginia and West Virginia come to Byrd. In 1995, the Terps had a similar home schedule to this season and averaged 42,121.

It didn't help that Maryland went 1-5 at Byrd this year, matching the most home losses in a single season in 17 years.

Et cetera

The Terps were out-gained 205-4 in rushing yards by Virginia entering the fourth quarter. It was Maryland's first shutout to an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since Clemson blanked the Terps, 17-0, in 1995. Virginia had the ball for 20 of the first half's 30 minutes. The Cavaliers have beaten Maryland six consecutive times. Senior offensive tackle Darryl Gilliam started his team-best 31st consecutive game. Virginia cornerback Dwayne Stukes, a McDonogh product, has made several big plays this season but was only called on to make two tackles against Maryland. Redshirt freshman Duane Fisher (C. Milton Wright) played late in the game at defensive back for the Cavaliers. Washington Redskins general manager Charley Casserly and New York Giants assistant general manager Ernie Accorsi were in attendance.

Next for Maryland

Opponent: N.C. State

Site: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.

When: Saturday, noon

Record: 3-5

=1 Yesterday: Lost to No. 3 Florida State, 48-35

Wrong side of 40

tTC

Since World War II, Maryland has lost only eight games by 40 or more points, two this season:

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

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

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

'97 .. .. ..Virginia .. .. .. .. .45-0 .. .. .. ..45

'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: 11/02/97

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