Terps Host N.C. State in Homecoming Game

The Maryland Terrapins will await the Wolfpack on Saturday to avenge last year's season-ending loss.

Last season's loss at N.C. State was one game that pretty accurately summed up the 2011 Maryland football season.

Coming off a 9-4 season in 2010 in former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen's final year that saw the Terps finish their season with a 51-20 win against East Carolina in the Military bowl, the Terps battled for a hard-fought season-opening win against Miami on prime-time television. The strong meant nothing as the Terps continued to struggle on defense and consistently proved they could not finish games, finishing with a 2-10 record.

Against N.C. State, the Terps jumped out to a 41-14 lead with around six minutes remaining in the third quarter. As it had done all season, the Terrapins were stunned as the Wolfpack dropped 42 unanswered points in the last 20 minutes to take a 56-41 victory over the shell-shocked Terps.

"We look at it as a coaching staff, but there is not that much you can get from a year ago,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “This team is a different team, so we focus on what this team can do. You can go back and you can see how things were a year ago, but my focus is what NC State is doing this year. It's not always good to look in the past. We need to focus on moving forward and hopefully getting a win this weekend."

The Terps are a completely different team this season. While the team returned many players from last season, the team is playing with a different competitive fire. Whether the Terps are playing for their coach, their teammates, their fans, glory or revenge, they are on top of the ACC with a 2-0 record and sport a 4-2 record for the season with two close losses to Connecticut and a nationally-ranked West Virginia team.

The Terps' defense will face a tough test against Wolfpack redshirt senior quarterback Mike Glennon and an offense that ranks fourth in the ACC.

"He's your true, pro-style pocket passer,” Edsall said about Glennon. “He's tall, so he can see over the line of scrimmage. He has a good arm and can make all of the throws. They're going to stretch you vertically and horizontally. And he has a pretty good release. He's a very well rounded player with experience. I think that when you look at him from a pro-prospect, he's probably the best guy that we face all year long, no disrespect to [West Virginia quarterback] Geno Smith.”

The Terps' offense will also have their hands full trying to put points on the board against N.C. State. The Wolfpack stifled No. 12 Florida State's offense in the second half last week, leading the way for a 17-16 upset. Freshman quarterback Perry Hills and freshman receiver Stefon Diggs will need to hook up more than a few times on Saturday and the Terps' weak running attack will need to get something going.

“They played very hard and shut Florida State out,” Edsall said. “They made some plays, and blocked a punt and played very physically. I have known Tom O'Brien for years and Tom is a good football coach. His teams are always teams who are very hard-nosed and physical and they will be very fundamentally sound. You are in for a street fight and a physical game for 60 minutes. That is what you are going to get and that is what Florida State got. They never backed down, they gave themselves a shot to win at the end, and they capitalized."

This will be the 69th matchup between the two schools with the series record all tied up, 32-32-4. The Terrapins have won three straight games over the Wolfpack in College Park and have won five out of their last six games with the only loss coming last year in Raleigh, N.C.

The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.

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