Offense close to opening up


September 11, 2006|By Heather A. Dinich

While reporters have been questioning Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen about his conservative offense the past two weeks, quarterback Sam Hollenbach said he and his teammates were smiling in the locker room Saturday night about their game plan.

Apparently, the Terps (2-0) have reserved something special for Thursday night's 7:45 p.m. ESPN-televised game against No. 5 West Virginia (2-0).

Maryland@West Virginia Thursday, 7:45 p.m., ESPN, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM


UP -- Maryland's efforts on special teams led to field position advantages. Obi Egekeze averaged 64.2 yards on five kickoffs. Josh Wilson returned two kickoffs for 87 yards, including a 61-yard burst to start the game that led to a touchdown.

DOWN -- Erase

Kicker Dan Ennis missed field goals from 31 and 43 yards, possibly opening competition for his job. The Terps missed a chance to score when they had first down at the Blue Raiders' 16-yard line in the second quarter.

EVEN -- Fast forward

Four quarterbacks played for West Virginia (2-0) in its 52-3 romp over Eastern Washington, but starter Pat White will be the Terps' focus. Led by Steve Slaton, West Virginia is ranked No. 2 in the nation with 353 rushing yards per game.

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