Today's game

November 03, 2007|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Matchup -- Maryland (4-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) at North Carolina (2-6, 1-3)

Time -- 3:45 p.m.

Site -- Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.

TV -- ESPNU

Radio -- 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Line -- North Carolina by 2 1/2

Series -- North Carolina leads 35-31-1

Last meeting -- Maryland won, 33-30, in overtime, Nov. 12, 2005, in Chapel Hill.

Maryland offense vs. North Carolina defense -- Left tackle Scott Burley and his backup, freshman Bruce Campbell, are questionable, leaving walk-on Paul Pinegar to possibly start. The Terps also will be without tight end Dan Gronkowski, who has a knee injury. Six freshmen have made at least one start on the Tar Heels' defense, which has held three of its past four opponents to fewer than 300 yards: Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and South Carolina. Defensive end Hilee Taylor is second in the ACC and sixth in the country in sacks (eight), and is third in the league in tackles for losses (12.5). Maryland quarterback Chris Turner will start his fourth straight game.

Maryland defense vs. North Carolina offense -- The Tar Heels have one of the league's top quarterbacks in freshman T.J. Yates, who set school single-season freshman records for passing yards and completions last week against Wake Forest. Tate leads the ACC with 156.2 all-purpose yards per game and is third with 238.4 passing yards per game. His top target has been sophomore Hakeem Nicks, who leads North Carolina with 48 catches for 614 yards and three touchdowns. Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson leads the league with 12.6 tackles per game, and Dave Philistin is fifth with 9.8. As a whole, though, only North Carolina State and Duke have allowed more total yardage than the Terps (367.2).

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