Terps paying price for costly mistakes

Real success foreign to football team

College football

October 14, 2006|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter

College Park -- Maryland quarterback Sam Hollenbach wore a faded blue Gator Bowl hat around the football building before practice Tuesday, a fitting reminder of just how long it's been since the Terps have tasted true success, and who is left on the roster to remember it.

Hollenbach was a redshirt freshman in 2003 and has yet to play in a bowl game, let alone contribute to the kind of win that can change a season. Like most of his teammates, Hollenbach has instead watched several upsets roll off his fingertips the past two seasons, and witnessed the most costly errors unfold at the most inopportune times.

Maryland@Virginia Today, 3:30 p.m., 1300 AM, 105.7 FM Line: Maryland by 3 1/2

TODAY'S GAME

Matchup -- Maryland (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Virginia (2-4, 1-1)

Time -- 3:30 p.m.

TV/Radio -- ESPN360 (Internet only)/105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Line -- Maryland by 3 1/2

Series -- Maryland leads, 40-28-2

Last meeting -- Maryland won, 45-33, on Oct. 1, 2005, in College Park

Maryland offense vs. Virginia defense -- Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said backup quarterback Jordan Steffy might see some playing time, and that both he and starter Sam Hollenbach completed 65 percent of their passes in practice this week. The Terps had individual 100-yard performances in both rushing and receiving against Georgia Tech, but have turned the ball over 13 times in five games. In its most recent win (against Duke), Virginia had eight sacks, blocked a punt and forced a season-high five turnovers.

Maryland defense vs. Virginia offense -- The Cavaliers have one of the worst offenses in the ACC, ranking 11th in five major statistical categories. The most glaring might be an average of 77.2 yards rushing, but the Terps have the No. 11 rushing defense in the conference. Virginia has lost 15 straight games to Maryland when rushing for fewer than 100 yards. The Cavaliers are using their third quarterback of the season, but the Terps have trouble containing mobile quarterbacks like redshirt freshman Jameel Sewell, Virginia's starter the past three games. It will be an interesting matchup between cornerback Josh Wilson and receiver Deyon Williams: The two grew up together and are as close as brothers.

Heather A. Dinich

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