Against Cavs, Lattimore shows he's quick study

Terps notebook

October 15, 2006|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Apparently, Maryland running back Keon Lattimore has been paying attention during film sessions.

He said yesterday that he knew from studying tape of Virginia that once he got "across the line, there would be a gap in the defense."

Turned out it was a 56-yard gap.

Not only did Lattimore cross that line yesterday, he also went a career-long 56 yards for a touchdown that put Maryland ahead 21-20 with 9:11 left in the game. Lattimore finished with a career-high 114 yards and one touchdown and averaged 7.6 yards per carry.

"I feel like I can do that every game, but coaches see things different, so when the opportunity comes I take advantage of it," he said. "I'm definitely happy about this."

Sibling rivalry for Hendersons

Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson wanted to match his older brother's big play in the NFL last weekend, but what were the odds he'd match it exactly yesterday?

Former Terp E.J. Henderson was in the stands watching last night as his little brother intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and ran it back 45 yards for a touchdown with eight minutes remaining. The score put Maryland ahead 28-20 and turned out to be the game-winner.

Last week, E.J. returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown to clinch the Minnesota Vikings' 26-17 win over the Detroit Lions.

"I had to match him back," the younger Henderson said. "We talk to each other all the time about going play for play, see who can make the most big plays."

Groh, Friedgen commiserate

One of the first signs fans saw when waking to the stadium yesterday was a handmade banner hanging from an apartment balcony that read "Groh's gotta go," yet another Virginia fan voicing frustration with coach Al Groh's 2-5 overall record.

Groh and Friedgen spent time bonding yesterday over the struggles they've had with their respective programs.

"I've worked harder this year than I have in any year of my life," Friedgen said. "Al and I were talking before the game, he's telling me he's doing the same thing. We busted our butts early in our careers so we wouldn't have to work this hard when we were 60. Somehow, it's not working out that way."

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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