Today's Game

November 11, 2006|By Heather A. Dinich

Matchup -- Miami (5-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) at No. 23 Maryland (7-2, 4-1)

Time -- 3:30 p.m.

TV/Radio -- Chs. 2, 7/1300 AM, 105.7 FM

Line -- Maryland by 3 1/2

Series -- 7-7

Last meeting -- Miami won, 46-16, on Oct. 10, 1987, at the Orange Bowl

Maryland offense vs. Miami defense -- Coach Ralph Friedgen described the Hurricanes as an "NFL defense" filled with first-round draft picks, and expressed specific concern about sophomore DE Calais Campbell, who leads Miami with seven sacks. The Hurricanes also have four athletic linebackers, and the young Maryland wide receivers will face a physical, man-to-man press from 200-pound cornerbacks who will free the safeties to help stop the running game. Miami has held nine straight opponents to less than 100 yards rushing, including a 53-yard ground game from Virginia Tech.

Maryland defense vs. Miami offense -- The Terps have been out-gained in every game except the season opener, but have been making critical fourth-down stops and have had good field position. LB Erin Henderson led Maryland with 18 tackles in last weekend's upset of Clemson. Sophomore QB Kirby Freeman will make his first career start in place of Kyle Wright, who is out with a thumb injury. Freeman played in nine of 12 regular-season games last year and completed 15 of 31 passes (48.4 percent) for 183 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. True freshman RB Javarris James leads Miami in rushing with 549 yards and three touchdowns.

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