Tonight's game

October 17, 2002

Tonight's game

Georgia Tech (4-2) at Maryland (4-2)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: 7:45

TV/Radio: ESPN/WBAL (1090 AM)

Line: Maryland by 1 1/2

Series: Georgia Tech leads, 10-4.

Last meeting: Maryland beat Georgia Tech, 20-17, in overtime in Atlanta on Oct. 11, 2001.

Last game: Georgia Tech lost to Wake Forest, 24-21; Maryland defeated West Virginia, 48-17.

ACC records: Georgia Tech 1-2; Maryland 0-1.

Maryland offense vs. Georgia Tech defense: The Terps rank last in the ACC with an average of 348.7 yards per game, although they are looking solid. Senior tailbacks Chris Downs and Josh Allen have combined for 11 touchdowns and are averaging more than 6 yards per carry between them, while quarterback Scott McBrien is coming off a solid passing game against West Virginia but continues to struggle running the option. Georgia Tech, behind linebackers Recardo Wimbush, Daryl Smith and Keyaron Fox, is allowing the fewest points in the ACC, although the Yellow Jackets must tackle the rest of the league without pass-rushing star Greg Gathers, who is out for the year with a kidney disorder.

Maryland defense vs. Georgia Tech offense: Like the Yellow Jackets, defense has emerged as the main strength of the Terps. Middle linebacker E.J. Henderson sets the tone, and tackles Randy Starks and C.J. Feldheim and safety Madieu Williams are playing extremely well. Look for the Terps to try to stuff the run and force inexperienced quarterback A.J. Suggs to beat them. Maryland also must neutralize wide receiver Kerry Watkins, who leads the league with 88 yards per game.

Special teams: Maryland gets the clear edge here. Steve Suter is the most dangerous return man in the ACC, kicker Nick Novak is much better than he was when he beat the Yellow Jackets last year, and punter Brooks Barnard leads the league. Georgia Tech kicker Luke Manget has made only two of five field-goal attempts. - Gary Lambrecht

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