Today's game

November 03, 2001|By Christian Ewell

Troy State (4-3) at No. 15 Maryland (7-1)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: Pay-per-view on Comcast digital cable for $5; WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (980 AM)

Series: First meeting.

Last week: Troy State defeated Southern Utah (I-AA), 20-17, at home; Maryland lost to then-No. 19 Florida State, 52-31, on the road.

Maryland offense vs. Troy State defense: Maryland's passing game, which sputtered early, has produced 200 or more yards in each of the last four games. Bruce Perry hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game since Oct. 6, but has been the Terps' most prolific receiver over the past four games with 25 catches for 212 yards. The Trojans have been good against teams in the second half, allowing an average of 112 yards in their last five games.

Maryland defense vs. Troy State offense: After giving up 497 yards to Florida State, the Terps look to regroup. Jamal Cochran will start in place of rush linebacker Mike Whaley, who will miss today's game after suffering a neck "stinger" earlier this week. Likewise, Troy State hopes for its spread offense to get more action than it did last week, when it was on the field for only 24 minutes. Receiver Heyward Skipper has been the team's most consistently productive offensive player, with 37 catches for 576 yards this season.

Special teams: Both punter Brooks Barnard (47.4 avg) and kicker Nick Novak (51-yard field goal) had solid games for Maryland last weekend. For the Trojans, kick returner Demontray Carter had a 94-yard return for a touchdown that put his team up for good.

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