All-ACC Foxworth isn't up to a rare challenge

MARYLAND NOTEBOOK

Cornerback is victimized on 2 big completions early

College Football

October 10, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - For much of his team's first four games, Maryland senior cornerback Domonique Foxworth has felt like an innocent bystander.

As a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and the most experienced member of the Terrapins' secondary, Foxworth wasn't often challenged as quarterbacks looked in different directions.

But that changed yesterday in Georgia Tech's 20-7 humbling of Maryland at Byrd Stadium. Yellow Jackets sophomore Reggie Ball threw at Foxworth several times and produced results that didn't exactly sit well with the Western Tech alum.

"I definitely pictured when I got some action to be a little different than that," said Foxworth. "But it's nice to be involved in a game and it's nice to feel that I had a negative or positive impact on the game."

Foxworth was beaten on the game's first touchdown as Ball lofted an 11-yard touchdown pass to Nate Curry, who just got a foot down in bounds in the corner of the end zone. The Terps cornerback vehemently protested to the referees, claiming that Curry had pushed off to gain separation, but he made no excuses afterward.

"I was surprised that they didn't call [offensive pass interference] considering they called two defensive, but that's how the cookie crumbles I guess," Foxworth said. "I felt as though he pushed off, but we lost by more than one touchdown. We have a lot of other problems we need to rectify."

Foxworth, who had the wind knocked out of him earlier in the Yellow Jackets' scoring drive after breaking up a pass intended for Calvin Johnson, was also the victim of a circus 44-yard catch by Johnson later in the quarter.

That play gave Georgia Tech the ball on the Maryland 5-yard line and ultimately led to a 19-yard field goal.

"I felt comfortable," Foxworth said. "I'm not used to giving up plays of that magnitude."

Not a fine line

Of all Maryland's shortcomings yesterday, and Ralph Friedgen rattled off several in his post-game news conference, the Maryland coach seemed particularly perturbed with the play of the offensive line.

Georgia Tech sacked Joel Statham and Jordan Steffy six times and the Terps also generated virtually nothing on the ground, aside from Josh Allen's 28-yard first quarter run.

"[Georgia Tech] is very quick," said Friedgen. "They do a lot of line shifts and they blitz quite a bit. But you know, every blitz they gave us, we practiced against. I thought we were pretty well prepared. I guess we weren't."

Added senior offensive guard C.J. Brooks: "We had a lot of trouble with their line movement. We just didn't play well."

Extra points

With a 12-yard punt return in the first quarter, Maryland's Steve Suter became the ACC's all-time leader in punt return yards, surpassing N.C. State's Ledell George (1,191 from 1990-93). Suter now has 1,212 punt return yards. ... Punter Adam Podlesh was probably the Terps' biggest offensive weapon yesterday as he punted nine times for 448 yards, a 49.8-yard average. That included a season-long 59-yarder, and one he dropped inside the 10-yard line. ... With his fourth-quarter extra point, Nick Novak moved into a tie for 10th place on the NCAA's all-time point scoring leaders for kickers (368 points). ... The 52,733 fans marked a season high in attendance and the fifth-largest crowd ever at Byrd Stadium.

Next for Maryland

Matchup: N.C. State (3-2, 2-1) vs. No. 23 Maryland (3-2, 1-1)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: Chs. 2, 7/WBAL (1090 AM)

Yesterday: North Carolina 30, N.C. State 24

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