Maryland vs Virginia Tech- Game Preview

TSR's Matt Owings previews this weeks Maryland/Virginia Tech game.

Virginia Tech (ACC) @ Maryland (ACC)

Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium (51,500)

Saturday, November 14, 2009 12:00 ET

TV: ESPN360.com

Radio: The Terrapin Sports Radio Network, WJZ-FM

Virginia Tech Complete 2008 Schedule (10-4, 6-3 ACC)

August 30 vs. East Carolina

L 27-22

September 6 Furman

W 24-7

September 13 Georgia Tech

W 20-17

September 20 at North Carolina

W 20-17

September 27 at Nebraska

W 35-30

October 4 Western Kentucky

W 27-13

October 18 at Boston College

L 28-23

October 25 at No. 25 Florida State

L 30-20

November 6 No. 23 Maryland

W 23-13

November 13 at Miami (FL)

L 16-14

November 22 Duke

W 14-3

November 29 Virginia

W 17-14

December 6 vs. No. 17 Boston College

W 30-12

January 1 vs. No. 12 Cincinnati

W 20-7

Virginia Tech Complete 2009 Schedule (6-3, 3-2 ACC)

September 5 vs. No. 5 Alabama

L 34-24

September 12 Marshall

W 52-10

September 19 No. 19 Nebraska

W 16-15

September 26 No. 9 Miami (FL)

W 31-7

October 3 at Duke

W 34-26

October 10 Boston College

W 48-14

October 17 at No. 19 Georgia Tech

L 28-23

October 29 North Carolina

L 20-17

November 5 at East Carolina

W 16-3

November 14 at Maryland

1:00 PM ET

November 21 North Carolina State

TBA

November 28 at Virginia

TBA

Matchup History

Maryland leads the series with a slight advantage of 15-14 all-time against Virginia Tech. As of late, however, the Hokies have taken advantage and won the last four meetings. Last season, the surprising Terps couldn't register an important win against the Hokies and lost 23-13. Saturday's game, however, could be a tad different for both teams. The injury-plagued Terps have nothing to lose now as they wrap up their nothing short of disappointing season while the Hokies look to finish strong and keep themselves alive for a nice bowl bid. The Terps have a chance to play spoiler and ruin Virginia Tech's hopes for the ACC title and even a decent bowl.

Chris Turner

Coach Ralph Freidgen has gone on the record saying that Terps starting quarterback Chris Turner injured a ligament in last Saturday's loss to N.C. State. Coach Friedgen says he believes it might be an MCL but the significance of the injury can't be determined at this time. He did say, however, that they are expecting to lose Turner for a few weeks.

Jamarr Robinson

Terps sophomore backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson will get his first start of his colligate career this Saturday against Virginia Tech. This is no easy task for someone who has received minimal playing time. Robinson went 5-11 last week in the loss to N.C. State after coming into the game for the injured Chris Turner. It will be interesting to see how Robinson fairs against the No. 21 (BCS) team in the nation.

How They Stack Up

Maryland is coming off of 4 straight losses to some of the league's worst teams. Virginia Tech is riding high after a much-needed win against East Carolina. The Hokies had lost two straight games previous to their win last week and look to capitalize on the Terps. It will be interesting to see how the Terps handle the realization that their season is virtually over. Without hopes for a bowl game, the Terps could go one of two ways with their remaining games. They could pack it in and try and minimize the damage done just until the season is over…or they could step it up and play like there is nothing to lose (which is, in actuality, 100% true for the Terrapins).

Torrey Smith

Terps wide receiver and special teams extraordinaire Torrey Smith is coming off an impressive showing in the loss to N.C. State last weekend. Virginia Tech has allowed an average of 17.4 ppg and only gives up an average of 312.3 total ypg. It will be interesting to see if Torrey Smith can break the mold and have another stunning performance against one of the nation's best teams.

Summing the Season Up

Of course, we at TSR know that Maryland still has a few games left to play, but it's important to understand why these Terps are in the position that they are. For starters, injuries have plagued the Terps since the beginning of the season. Offensive linemen, running backs like Da'Rel Scott, wide receivers, and most recently Chris Turner have all suffered under the injury cloud that seems to be above Byrd Stadium right now. Granted, these Terps haven't shown a whole lot of spunk when they had all their guys intact, there is no reason to say that the Maryland wouldn't be in the position that they were last year at this time if it weren't for the injuries. Coach Friedgen and his staff have done the best job possible given the circumstances and that is notable. Overall, as the season winds down, all Maryland fans can hope for is the Terps getting the chance to hurt some teams in terms of their bowl-status. It all starts Saturday against Virginia Tech.


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