SEC bowl notes: Tennessee v. Maryland

The Tennessee Volunteers (8-4, 5-3 SEC) will take on the Maryland Terrapins (10-3, 6-2 ACC) in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Tuesday. The game will take place in Atlanta, Georgia in the Georgia Dome with kickoff at 7:30 pm Eastern time. ESPN will televise the contest.

Tennessee Volunteers

Head Coach: Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee, 1972)
Record at Tennessee: 103-24 (.811) / 11th season
Overall Record: 103-24 (.811) / 11th season
In Bowl Games: 6-4 (.600)

National Rankings: rv - AP / rv - USA Today-ESPN
Tennessee in Bowl Games: 23-19 (.548)
Tennessee in Peach Bowls: 1-1 (.500)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2002 Citrus (def. Michigan, 45-17)
Last Peach Bowl Appearance: 1988 Peach (def. Indiana, 27-22)
Formations: Offense - Multiple Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.utsports.com

Key Tennessee Players

TE Jason Witten (6-5, 265, Jr., Elizabethton, Tenn.)
Unanimous first-team All-SEC selection ... Fourth-team All-America by The Sporting News ... Leads all SEC tight ends with 34 catches for 452 receiving yards and five touchdowns -- all career highs...The overall catches and TD reception totals also lead the UT receiving corps...Broke school record for receiving yards and tied for school reception mark for tight ends.

P Dustin Colquitt (6-2, 196, So., Knoxville, Tenn.)
Second-team All-SEC by AP ... Fourth in the SEC and 11th in the nation, averaging 43.2 yards per punt ... Vols were third in the SEC and fifth in the nation in net punting, averaging 38.7 yards per attempt ... Was second in the SEC in punts inside the 20-yard line (22 of 59, 37.3 percent).

QB Casey Clausen (6-4, 215, Jr., Northridge, Calif.)
Completed 171 of 273 passes for 2,055 yards with 11 TDs and six interceptions this season ... Missed two games because of injury ... In career, has thrown for 6,497 yards, which is 18th in SEC history ... His 48 career TD passes is also 18th in SEC history ... Vols are 24-6 in his career starts.

DB Rashad Baker (5-11, 185, Jr., Camden, N.J.)
First-team All-SEC by the league's coaches and second-team All-SEC by the AP ... Tied for second in the SEC with five interceptions ... Had 53 tackles (38 solos) despite missing last two games of regular season with knee injury ... Could be back for Peach Bowl game.

Tennessee Team Notes

  • Tennessee has been to post-season bowls every year since the 1989 season ...
  • Vols have played in seven straight January bowls ...
  • Tennessee has not allowed a touchdown in nine straight quarters ...
  • Vols led SEC in holding opponents to just 28.1 percent (47 of 167) in 3rd-down conversions ...
  • Vols also had league's highest 4th-down percentage (70.6, 12 of 17) ...
  • Tennessee is third in the SEC and ninth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 16.4 points per game ...
  • Tennessee is second in the nation in bowl appearances (43) and tied for third in bowl wins (23).

Maryland Terrapins

Head Coach: Ralph Friedgen (Maryland, 1970)
Record at Maryland: 20-5 (.800) / 2nd season
Overall Record: 20-5 (.800) / 2nd season
In Bowl Games: 0-1 (.000)

Conference: Atlantic Coast
National Rankings: #20 - AP / #18 - USA Today-ESPN
Maryland in Bowl Games: 6-10-2 (.389)
Maryland in Peach Bowls: 0-1 (.000)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2002 Orange (lost to Florida, 23-56)
Last Peach Bowl Appearance: 1973 Peach (lost to Georgia, 16-17)
Formations: Offense - Mutliple Defense - Multiple
Internet Web Address: www.umterps.com

Maryland 2002 Schedule/Results:

8/31, Notre Dame (E. Rutherford, N.J.), L, 0-22
9/7, Akron, W, 44-14
9/14, Florida State, L, 10-37
9/21, Eastern Michigan, W, 45-3
9/28, Wofford, W, 37-8
10/5, at West Virginia, W, 48-17
10/17, Georgia Tech, W, 34-10
10/26, at Duke, W, 45-12
11/2, at North Carolina, W, 59-7
11/9, N.C. State, W, 24-21
11/16, at Clemson, W, 30-12
11/23, at Virginia, L, 13-48
11/30, Wake Forest, W, 32-14

Key Maryland Players

LB E.J. Henderson (6-2, 250, Sr., Aberdeen, Md.)
Two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... Has averaged 12.5 tackles per game during the last three seasons ... Was fourth in the ACC this year with 162 tackles, including 15.5 for losses and 6.5 sacks ... First-team All-America by CNNSI.com, Football Writers Association of America and American Football Coaches Association.

RB Chris Downs (5-8, 193, Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.)
First-team All-ACC ... Finished second in the ACC in rushing with 1,113 yards on 193 carries and 13 TDs ... Rushed for 212 yards against Georgia Tech and 157 yards against North Carolina.

Maryland Team Notes

  • Maryland has posted back-to-back 10 win seasons for the first time in school history ...
  • Terps are in bowl games for back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1984-85 ...
  • In three losses, Maryland gave up an average of 150.3 yards per game on the ground ...
  • In the 10 wins, Terps gave up 120.3 ground yards.

Series/Game Notes

  • Series Record: UT leads, 5-2
  • Last Meeting: UM, 28-27 (12/22/84 at Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas)
  • Teams have met in bowl games four times with teams splitting the meetings, 2-2 ...
  • In 1975, UT won in Knoxville, 26-8, in 1957, UT won in College Park, 16-0 and in 1956, UT won in Knoxville, 34-7 ...
  • Teams have met in 1984 Sun (UM, 28-27), 1983 Citrus (UT, 30-23), 1974 Liberty (UT, 7-3) and 1951 Sugar (UM, 28-13) ...
  • Tennessee is 84-53-6 against current ACC foes (11-5-2 vs. Clemson, 13-13-2 vs. Duke, 1-1 vs. Florida State, 5-2 vs. Maryland, 20-10-1 vs. North Carolina, 1-1 vs. N.C. State, 24-17-2 vs. Georgia Tech, 3-1 vs. Virginia, 6-3 vs. Wake Forest) ...
  • Maryland is 42-44-3 vs. current SEC teams (1-2 vs. Alabama, 1-2 vs. Auburn, 6-12 vs. Florida, 3-2-1 vs. Georgia, 3-2-2 vs. Kentucky, 3-0 vs. LSU, 1-1 vs. Ole Miss, 1-0 vs. Miss. State, 17-11 vs. South Carolina, 2-5 vs. Tennessee, 4-7 vs. Vanderbilt).

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