Jackson injures elbow, doesn't play in 2nd half

Linebacker hyper-extends elbow, is replaced by Cesa

Maryland notebook

September 12, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, tied for first in the NCAA after one week with two interceptions, was taken to the locker room before halftime with a hyper-extended left elbow and sat out the second half.

Jackson, a junior middle linebacker who had nine tackles last week against Northern Illinois and has led the Terps in tackles eight of the past 14 games, was replaced by freshman Tim Cesa.

As a sophomore last season, Jackson led the Terps in tackles with 136, and has had nine career games with double-digit tackles. His 10.5 average last season ranked seventh in the ACC among sophomores.

"It meant everything to us when he went out," said junior Shawne Merriman. "He's our heart and soul and usually a guy who doesn't get hurt, so I knew I had to step it up."

Merriman said he thinks Jackson will play next week against West Virginia.

Scott's first TD

It has been a long road for senior defensive tackle Henry Scott to gain the respect he has always wanted, and yesterday's fumble recovery in the end zone for his first touchdown was something he has always dreamed about.

"My life is a dream," he said. "I'm a kid from Baltimore who didn't get recruited and got cut his first year, and I've had to work hard to get respect. Now the hard work feels good and is starting to pay off."

His opportunity to score came after a high snap over Temple quarterback Walter Washington's head rolled into the end zone with 1:17 left in the game. The bouncing ball threatened to roll through the end zone.

"I knew I didn't have much time because I wanted to get seven, so I dived on it," said Scott. "I thought I could beat the tackle with a speed rush."

Suter catches a miss

Senior wide receiver Steve Suter made one of the game's most memorable plays with 7:08 left in the second quarter when he caught a pass that went through the hands of a Temple defender for a 43-yard gain.

It wasn't the longest catch of his career. Suter caught a 91-yarder two years ago against Eastern Michigan.

"The wind knocked the ball down, and the defensive player had a chance to make a play because I had him beat pretty good," said Suter. "It went though his [defender's] hands, and mine were right there."

Suter, who needed only 61 yards to become the ACC's all-time leader in punt return yardage, was held to 26 yards on four returns. Suter also has six punt returns for TDs, a Maryland record, and is two away from tying the NCAA record of eight set by Wes Walker of Texas Tech (2000-2003).

Extra points

In remembrance of 9/11, there was a moment of silence before the game. ... Maryland and Temple previously met in 2000 and the Terps lead the all-time series between the two schools, 5-0. ... Maryland pushed its home win streak to 13 games and its record at Byrd Stadium to 21-1 under coach Ralph Friedgen. ... Maryland had a 100-yard rusher for the fifth straight game dating back to last season, as Sammy Maldonado gained 106 yards. ... Nick Novak needs 80 points to become the leading scorer in NCAA history after scoring nine points last night.

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