Hurricane's effects in W.Va. could play games with Terps

September 17, 2004|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - With the remnants of Hurricane Ivan possibly blowing through West Virginia tomorrow, there is a good chance Maryland's game against the Mountaineers could turn into a rainy, windy, miserable affair.

That doesn't bode well for the Terps' passing game, although Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday that he won't change his game plan until he's forced to do so. The National Weather Service projects that both rain and wind will arrive in Morgantown late tomorrow.

"I think it depends on how much the field drains," Friedgen said. "This field will collect water, but if the rain subsides, it'll drain within five minutes. I think with water on the field, it might make it a little tough. Turnovers become a big factor in the game."

Maryland hasn't taken good care of the ball in dry weather. Friedgen said it will be a test for quarterback Joel Statham if it gets sloppy.

"It depends on how well we can throw the football," Friedgen said. "You assess that during pre-game warm-ups and during the game, and make a decision based on how bad it is."

NOTES: Contrary to an ESPN Internet report, Friedgen said running back Josh Allen is healthy and will play. ... Wide receiver Dan Melendez, however, is out with a hamstring injury.

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