Today's game

November 17, 2001|By Christian Ewell

No. 10 Maryland (9-1, 6-1 ACC) at North Carolina State (6-3, 4-3)

Time: 7:45 p.m.

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

TV/Radio: ESPN, re-air at 7 p.m. tomorrow on Comcast Sports Net; WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (980 AM)

Series: North Carolina State leads 27-25-2.

Last week: Maryland defeated Clemson at home, 37-20. North Carolina State won at Florida State, 34-28.

Maryland offense vs. N.C. State defense: Maryland's rushing game continues to thrive, good for 218 yards against Clemson. Tailbacks Bruce Perry and Marc Riley each have 10 touchdowns on the season. N.C. State linebackers Levar Fisher and Dantonio Burnett rack up a lot of tackles (217 combined), but the unit has given up 951 yards over the past two weeks.

Maryland defense vs. N.C. State offense: Aside from the Florida State game, Maryland's defense has been solid and has forced roughly three turnovers a game. Dennard Wilson will play at cornerback, but Domonique Foxworth will probably start, significant against Phillip Rivers, a first-line quarterback with decent receivers. Ray Robinson has rushed for 100 yards or more in each of his past three games - and in every game against the Terps - but may not be much of a factor against a group allowing an average of only 90 yards in the past six games.

Special teams: Maryland's been comfortable with punter Brooks Barnard for a while and recently got there with place-kicker Nick Novak. Kick returns continue to be a concern, as the team gave up a 100-yard kickoff return Saturday. N.C. State does well in blocking kicks -- Terrance Holt alone has three this season, and the Wolfpack has blocked seven punts and field-goal attempts overall.

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