Terps capsule

October 27, 2001|By Christian Ewell

No. 10 Maryland (7-0, 5-0 ACC) at No. 19 Florida State (4-2, 3-1)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Site: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

TV/Radio: Chs. 2, 7; WTEM (980 AM), WBAL (1090 AM)

Series: Florida State leads 11-0

Last time out: Maryland defeated Duke, 59-17, in College Park; Florida State beat Virginia, 43-7, on the road.

Maryland offense vs. Florida State defense: The running game is strength vs. strength as tailback Bruce Perry runs behind a somewhat experienced line for 145 yards per game, a figure that ranks sixth nationally. Florida State has traditionally been strong against the run and has allowed only 104 yards a game this season. The Seminoles will be helped by the return of Alonzo Jackson from a knee injury. He will start today. To keep Florida State honest, Maryland hopes Shaun Hill has a game similar to the one he had last week, when the quarterback accounted for 428 yards of total offense, 323 passing and 105 rushing.

Maryland defense vs. Florida State offense: The Seminoles chose to start Chris Rix at quarterback again, though their coaching staff is prepared to insert Adrian McPherson if circumstances demand it. But that shouldn't be much of a factor if Florida State is able to get good production from tailbacks Nick Maddox and Greg Jones. The Maryland defensive line is at a size disadvantage against the FSU line, stocked with 330-pounders, but it has been successful in stuffing the run this season, allowing only 100.5 yards a game. Maryland's pass defense suffered a blow when Tony Okanlawon failed to recover from an illness he suffered last week.

Maryland special teams vs. Florida State special teams: Florida State has the better kicker in Xavier Beitia, who has made 89 percent of his field-goal attempts. Maryland has the better punter in Brooks Barnard, whose 44.2-yard average ranks 10th nationally and could become a factor if both offenses struggle. The returners for both teams - Florida State's Craphonso Thorpe and Maryland's Rich Parson - are about the same.

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