Terps face tests on bowl drive

Enigmatic N.C. State visits as season's 2nd half begins

October 21, 2006|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- The whole point of playing college football, according to Maryland tight end Joey Haynos, is to play in a bowl game.

"That," he said, "is what we dream [of]."

N.C. State@Maryland Today, noon, Ch. 13, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM Line: Maryland by 1 1/2

today's game

Matchup -- North Carolina State (3-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) @ Maryland (4-2, 1-1)

Time -- Noon

TV/Radio -- WJZ-TV/ 105.7 FM and 1300 AM

Line -- Maryland by 1 1/2

Series -- N.C. State leads 30-28-4

Last meeting -- N.C. State won, 20-14, on Nov. 26, 2005, in Raleigh

Maryland offense vs. N.C. State defense -- Running backs Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore have started to develop into a solid 1-2 punch for the Terps, but the Wolfpack's defensive ends line up wider than the Terps are used to seeing. That will come into play when Maryland tries to run to the outside. N.C. State's use of seven defensive backs could also make it difficult for quarterback Sam Hollenbach. Still, the only rushing defenses in the conference worse than N.C. State's are Maryland's and North Carolina's.

Maryland defense vs. N.C. State offense -- Wolfpack quarterback Daniel Evans has completed 56.4 percent of his passes, and the Terps have struggled all season to put pressure on quarterbacks. The players aren't staying in their rushing lanes and haven't contained the pocket, resulting in a league-low eight sacks for a loss of 34 yards. Linebacker Wesley Jefferson leads the team and is fourth in the ACC with 52 tackles. Running back Andrew Brown leads the Wolfpack and is fifth in the ACC in rushing with 74 yards per game. Maryland has allowed a league-worst 5.1 yards per carry.

Heather A. Dinich

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