Friedgen stays with Statham


College football


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After backup quarterback Joel Statham had zero completions and accounted for only 6 yards in the first quarter, injured starter Sam Hollenbach entered yesterday's game against Florida State.

Hollenbach, who sprained a joint in his left shoulder Oct. 20 against Virginia Tech and was questionable for yesterday's game, was in on five plays before re-injuring himself on the sixth. This time, Hollenbach hurt his back when linebacker Ernie Sims tackled him for a loss of 2 yards. Hollenbach was slow to get up and then took a seat on the bench next to Darryl Conway, assistant athletic director/sports medicine.

Terps coach Ralph Friedgen said the medical staff told him Hollenbach could go back in, and his starter had begun to warm up.

"I thought I might go to him later in the game, but he was cold and we decided to stay with Joel," Friedgen said. "I just thought by the time he got warmed up, I didn't want to risk any more injury to him. It was really Joel's game, and I decided to let Joel finish it."

Statham, who hasn't played an entire game since Nov. 18, 2004, completed 15 of 29 passes for 177 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. Friedgen described Statham's performance simply as "OK."

Harris hurt

Senior safety Milton Harris was taken to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with a concussion after he was hit by receiver Joslin Shaw with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter. The medical staff immobilized Harris, and he was put on a stretcher and driven off the field.

"He wanted to go back in the game," Friedgen said.

Harris flew home with the team.

Sexton update

Seminoles quarterback Wyatt Sexton, who learned this summer he had Lyme disease and also was found by police in the street claiming to be God, was on Florida State's sideline yesterday in shorts and his No. 19 jersey. Sexton, who was expected to be out for the season, said he plans to return to practice next week.

Remaining schedule

The Terps (4-4) have three games remaining on their schedule and still need two wins to become bowl-eligible. Maryland travels to North Carolina on Nov. 12 before finishing the season at home against Boston College and at North Carolina State.

Friedgen said he doesn't feel any more pressure despite the closing window of opportunity.

"I only can do what I can do," he said.

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