Looking Ahead: Maryland vs Temple

A preview of this weekend's matchup between the Maryland Terrapins and the Temple Owls.

The Terps will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. on Saturday to take on the Temple Owls for their first road game of the 2012 season.

The Terps lead the series 6-1, but suffered a crushing 38-7 defeat at home last year against Temple. Temple running back Bernard Pierce ran for 149 yards and five touchdowns against a porous Maryland defense which gave up a total of 285 rushing yards while the offense could only muster 45 yards.

“I looked at [last year's game film] yesterday,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “I wasn't put in a very good mood after watching it. But again, I think you can take a look at things they do schematically. Our schemes have changed, but you can look at their schemes in terms of what they did, and again, we did a very poor job a year ago stopping the run and stopping the play action passes.”

“One of the biggest things we're looking at is just getting them back,” senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield said. “Payback. They beat us pretty bad last year so we're going to do everything we can this week to make sure it doesn't happen again.”

Pierce is no longer at Temple, but the Terps still have to worry about the Owls' run game. Temple downed Big East rival Villanova 41-10 in the first week, rushing for a team total of 301 yards. Running back Matt Brown rushed for 145 yards and quarterback Chris Coyer was second on the team with 80 yards rushing.

The Terps also came off with a win last Saturday in a game much closer than the Terps would have liked. Maryland beat the William & Mary Tribe 7-6 in freshman quarterback Perry Hills' collegiate debut. Hills threw three interceptions and the offense struggled throughout the game but the defense stepped up, allowing running back Justus Pickett's touchdown run to be enough to win the game.

Edsall has said before that Hills is in no danger of losing the starting job, despite his rough performance against the Tribe. The other quarterbacks on the roster in Caleb Rowe and Devin Burns have no experience playing quarterback at the collegiate level.

“Perry just goes about his business,” Edsall said. “Perry knows that he's got a lot of things to work on and get better at, but he's one of those guys that can put it in the rearview mirror.”

The Terps will have defensive ends Keith Bowers and Isaiah Ross back against Temple after being held out due to injuries suffered in training camp. The return of Bowers and Ross gives the Terps depth along their defensive line.

The Maryland Terrapins and the Temple Owls will face off at Lincoln Financial Field at noon on Saturday.

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