Today's game

September 29, 2007|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Matchup -- Maryland (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) @ No. 10 Rutgers (3-0)

Time -- 3:30 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 7, 2

Radio -- 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Line -- Rutgers by 18

Series -- Maryland leads 4-3.

Last meeting -- Maryland won, 27-13, on Oct. 10, 1942, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

Maryland offense vs. Rutgers defense -- The Scarlet Knights have held opponents to 215.3 yards per game - the third-lowest total in the NCAA. They also rank sixth in the country in scoring defense at nine points per game. The Terps have relied on their running game, led by senior Keon Lattimore, who is second in the ACC with 102.3 yards per game and has scored a league-high seven rushing touchdowns. Maryland has to do a better job of protecting quarterback Jordan Steffy, who has been sacked 15 times the past three games, but that could be difficult if starting left tackle Scott Burley is out with an injury. Rutgers senior defensive tackle Eric Foster (20 tackles) was the school's first defensive first-team All-American since 1976.

Maryland defense vs. Rutgers offense -- The Terps are looking to be the first to sack quarterback Mike Teel in six games dating back to last season, and Rutgers leads the nation in fewest sacks allowed. The Scarlet Knights are ninth in the country in total offense with 525.3 yards per game, and have a balanced offense. Rutgers is averaging 297 yards in the air and 228.3 on the ground, but the offensive numbers are misleading because they came against unheralded opponents Norfolk State and Buffalo. Navy was Rutgers' most respectable opponent. Maryland's defense is led by linebacker Erin Henderson, who is third in the ACC with 11 tackles per game. Their challenge will be to contain both Heisman Trophy hopeful Ray Rice and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.

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