Today's game

October 06, 2001|By Christian Ewell

Virginia (3-1, 2-0 ACC) at Maryland (4-0, 2-0)

Site: Byrd Stadium

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/WBAL (1090 AM)

Series: Maryland leads Virginia, 37-26-2

Last game: Virginia beat Duke, 31-10; Maryland beat West Virginia, 32-20.

Maryland offense vs. Virginia defense: Maryland's offense features Bruce Perry, who leads the nation in rushing at 169.5 yards a game. Virginia doesn't defend the run well (ranking 84th nationally with 182.5 yards allowed a game), but it has done well preventing third-down conversions. Angelo Crowell leads Virginia with 50 tackles.

Maryland defense vs. Virginia offense: Billy McMullen leads the nation in touchdown receptions with seven, and is second in the ACC in catches a game with an average of 6.25. Quarterbacks Bryson Spinner and Matt Schaub had passing totals of 194 and 90 yards last week, both career highs. It is unknown how much Maryland, which ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (12.5 ppg allowed), will get out of linebacker E.J. Henderson (third in ACC in tackles with 13.2 a game), who has been demoted as a disciplinary measure. Terps have 10 interceptions.

Special teams: Brooks Barnard punts well (45.5 average), but Maryland has missed five of its eight field-goal attempts and three of its extra-point tries with Nick Novak and Vedad Siljkovic. The team is also allowing 27.4 yards a kickoff return. Virginia's special teams are average, with punter Mike Abrams, returner Alvin Pearman and place-kicker David Greene all in the middle of the pack in the ACC.

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