Wake Forest (3-2) at Maryland (2-2)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 6, 3:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Byrd Stadium (54,000) -- College Park, Maryland.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Wake Forest 3-1, Maryland 1-1 Away Record:
Wake Forest 0-1, Maryland 1-1. Neutral Record: Wake Forest 0-0, Maryland 0-0.
Conference Record: Wake Forest 1-2, Maryland 0-0. Series Record: Maryland
GAME NOTES: The Maryland Terrapins get back to action after a bye week as they
open up their ACC schedule with a duel with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at
This is only the second game away from home for Wake Forest, which is 3-2
overall, but just 1-2 in three ACC games. Most recently the Demon Deacons
suffered a 34-27 loss to a surprising Duke Blue Devils squad in Winston-Salem.
The Demon Deacons have lost two of their last three after posting wins in the
first two weeks of the season.
Maryland has slid back to .500 after a 2-0 start. The Terps had a bye this
past weekend after falling to Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers
31-21 in their most recent matchup. After this past weekend's antics by Smith
and the Mountaineers' offense, the Terps holding WVU to its lowest point total
of the season looks like quite a feat. Maryland has not yet played a game in
conference play and is coming off a 1-7 mark in league play last season
This series has been dominated by Maryland over the years with the Terps
holding a 42-17-1 record against the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest won last
season's matchup 31-10 at home and have won four of the last six meetings.
Maryland has won 19-of-27 matchups at Byrd Stadium.
A look at Maryland's offensive production shows that the Terps are probably
worse than their 2-2 record might indicate. Maryland is ranked last in the
conference in a number of offensive categories, including scoring (21.3 ppg),
total offense (281.5 ypg), first downs (16.5 pg), red zone attempts (nine) and
The unit has had a sizable discrepancy between the running and passing
attacks, with the Terps piling up 749 yards through the air and 377 on the
ground. Freshman quarterback Perry Hills was forced into action and has had
flashes of brilliance this season, but overall has been an average performer,
completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 749 yards, six touchdowns and five
Stefon Diggs has been the team's leader in terms of receiving yards (259) and
TDs (3), while Marcus Leak has been the possession receiver with a team-high
14 receptions. On the ground the team's most productive backs are Wes Brown
(127 yards) and Justus Pickett (116).
What has kept Maryland afloat has been the defense. Against the same West
Virginia offensive unit that this past weekend put up 800 yards of total
offense, Maryland gave up only 338 yards.
Overall Maryland is the second best defense in terms of yards allowed this
season (261.3 ypg) in the ACC and the most efficient against the run, allowing
only 334 yards on the ground. The team's scoring defense (22.0 ppg) is also
ranked among the top five in the ACC.
Demetrius Hartfield has been all over the field for the Maryland defense,
leading the team with 33 tackles and a pair of sacks, while also grabbing an
interception and two fumble recoveries. Joe Vellano has played well up front
with a team-high 6.5 tackles for loss, including a sack.
Like Maryland Wake Forest has not been an overly productive offense this
season, averaging only 24.8 points and 351.8 yards per game. Still those
numbers are much better than that of the Terps.
Tanner Price has had a solid season under center thus far, throwing for 1,055
yards and five touchdowns, while completing just 56.7 percent of his passes.
However, Price has had some consistency issues in terms of protecting the ball
with four picks and has also been sacked nine times.
Michael Campanaro is by far the squad's best receiver with team-highs in
receptions (38), yards (429) and touchdowns (three). He is currently the fifth
most productive receiver in the ACC. However, Campanaro is listed as out
indefinitely after breaking his hand against Duke.
The running game has not been as productive but it has still put up solid
numbers led by Josh Harris (304 yards, 3 TDs) and Deandre Martin (279, 5 TDs).
Where Wake Forest's similarities with Maryland end is on defense. The Demon
Deacons rank last in the ACC in scoring defense (33.4 ppg) and second to last
on total defense (458.0 ypg). Wake Forest is also allowing teams to convert on
third down at an almost 50 percent rate this season, while giving up 114 first
downs which is almost 30 more than Wake Forest (87).
Mike Olson 44) and Lovell Jackson (42) have each recorded at least 40 tackles
this early in the season, while Jackson has recorded a team-high three sacks.
A.J. Marshall has been good in the secondary with 29 total tackles, 1.5
tackles for loss, an interception and a pair of pass breakups.
Both of these team's don't figure to be major players in the ACC title race
down the stretch but a win here could be an important step, as each team is
looking to make a bowl appearance after a season away in 2011. Wake Forest had
the better offense in this matchup prior to Campanaro going down, but
Maryland's defense has clearly been a superior unit giving the Terps the edge,
especially at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Maryland 21, Wake Forest 17
10/03 10:40:22 ET