White gets well in 100-yard hurry Yellow Jacket hobbled off before return

Timmons, defensive line holds firm

Maryland notebook

November 01, 1998|By Eduardo A. Encina | Eduardo A. Encina,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On Georgia Tech's first offensive play from scrimmage yesterday, Yellow Jackets wide receiver Dez White's legs were taken out from under him while blocking. The sophomore standout slowly hobbled off the field, but moments later White returned to make what might have been the game's biggest play.

Terps defensive end Peter Timmins had just intercepted a lateral and scored a touchdown, giving the Terps an early lead and momentum against the No. 23-ranked team in the nation at Ravens stadium. On the ensuing kickoff, White went from one end zone to the other virtually untouched for a 100-yard touchdown. The score tied the game and, more importantly, quickly took the wind out of the Terps' sails.

"It was critical," White said. "They stopped us on the first kickoff and they had the lead and the stadium was loud. But we came back determined to get the momentum back on our side. It was important because our offense wasn't getting it done and it really kept us in the game."

"That's just how it's been going for us," Timmins said after the 31-14 loss. "We were excited and then it happened. I wish the scoreboard just said 0-0 because that's how it was. We had to start all over."

White, a Biletnikoff Award finalist and the Yellow Jackets' leading receiver, also returned a kickoff 46 yards later in the first half. He finished the game with 197 total yards, 156 on kickoff returns and 41 yards receiving.

White played a pivotal role in getting Georgia Tech excellent field position all day, starting three drives in Maryland territory.

"We were down on the other side of the field too many times not to put points on the board," White said. "Our offense had a lot of opportunities, and that's something we want to capitalize on."

Holding the line

The Terps' loss overshadowed another fine performance by a maturing defensive line. In addition to Timmins' touchdown, the Terps held Georgia Tech to 37 yards rushing in the first half.

Timmons also contributed three tackles and also sacked Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton in the third quarter, squashing a drive that started in Maryland territory.

He came into the game on a roll, with more than 10 tackles against both Clemson and Wake Forest.

"Pete Timmons has really played effectively for us in the second part of the season -- as well as any other defensive end in the conference," Terps coach Ron Vanderlinden said.

Said Timmons: "Everybody said that the defensive line was a little shaky, but we've showed people and we've played well lately. We know it's only going to get better for us. That's why we all chose to come to Maryland, to make us a winner."

Hamilton shut down

The Terps held Hamilton, the ACC's top-rated passer, to 58 yards passing in the first half and 118 yards for the game, his second lowest output of the year.

Maryland's secondary covered well, but Hamilton's performance also was hindered by a hip pointer that limited his mobility. Hamilton threw three touchdown passes and accounted for 339 yards of total offense (256 passing, 83 rushing) against Maryland last year.

Et cetera

Georgia Tech's Joe Burns was the second reserve running back to gain more than 100 yards against Maryland this season. Maryland linebackers Eric Barton and Kendall Ogle each had more than 10 tackles for the fourth consecutive game. When Jerry Caldwell picked up an errant Randall Jones pitch and took it 19 yards for the tying score with 9: 24 left in the half, it was the sixth fumble return TD by the Jackets.

Pub Date: 11/01/98

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