Maryland's run defense up and down


November 11, 2008|By JEFF BARKER

Maryland's rush defense is now 11th in the conference, ahead of only North Carolina State's. It will need to improve against North Carolina on Saturday. Shaun Draughn, the Tar Heels' leading rusher, has rushed for at least 90 yards in four of the past five games. Here's the weird thing: The Terps seem to turn their run defense on and off even from half to half. Consider the Clemson game, in which Maryland surrendered huge chunks of first-half rushing yardage, then held the Tigers scoreless in the second half.

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