Tonight's game

October 23, 2003|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

Tonight's game

Maryland (5-2, 2-1) at Georgia Tech (4-3, 2-2)

Site: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta

Time: 7:45

TV/Radio: ESPN/WBAL (1090 AM)

Line: Maryland by 2 1/2

Series: Georgia Tech leads 10-5

Last meeting: Maryland won, 34-10, in College Park last season.

Last week: Both teams were idle. On Oct. 11, Maryland defeated Duke, 33-20; Georgia Tech defeated Wake Forest, 24-7.

Maryland defense vs. Georgia Tech offense: Yellow Jackets wide receiver Jonathan Smith is having a banner year. He leads the ACC in receiving yards per game (103.6) and is eighth in the country in that category. Against Wake Forest, Smith caught seven passes for 194 yards and a touchdown. Terps cornerbacks Domonique Foxworth and Curome Cox will try to slow him down as much as possible. Foxworth, an All-ACC pick last season, is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. Georgia Tech running back P.J. Daniels is a former walk-on, but he is second in the ACC is rushing, averaging 89 yards per game. Maryland has held its opponent under 150 yards rushing in all but one game (Florida State) this season. Yellow Jackets quarterback Reggie Ball has been exceptional so far, averaging 247 yards a game of total offense in his past four games. A freshman, Ball has been named ACC Rookie of the Week four times this season, including his past three games.

Maryland offense vs. Georgia Tech defense: Bruce Perry got a chance to rest his ankle during Maryland's bye week, and he could be poised for a breakout game. Friedgen has decided to start Perry ahead of sophomore Josh Allen, who has started the past four games. The Yellow Jackets are allowing just 94.6 yards a game on the ground, which is second in the league behind Florida State. Keyaron Fox leads Georgia Tech with 84 tackles. If Maryland can't run the ball, then quarterback Scott McBrien will need to continue his recent hot streak. McBrien has thrown for more than 200 yards in four straight games, with six touchdown passes during that span.

Special teams: Terps kicker Nick Novak has made 54 of 70 career field-goal attempts and has hit seven of 11 kicks from beyond 50 yards. Georgia Tech kicker Dan Burnett is having a steady senior season, hitting 11 of 14 field goals, including three against N.C. State.

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