Location: Raleigh, North Carolina -- Carter-Finley Stadium (51,500)
Saturday's Forecast: Should be a nice day in Raleigh with partly cloudy skies and a high of 71 degrees. 0% chance of precipitation with virtually no winds.
TV/Radio Coverage: The Game is regionally televised on ABC Sports. It's being broadcast locally via the radio on the Wolfpack Radio Sports Network.
Vegas Line: NC State PK O/U: 55
RB T.A. McLendon - Shoulder
OT Chris Colmer - Parsonage Turner Syndrome
WR Sterling Hicks - Torn ACL (surgery, 10/9)
DE Renaldo Moses - Torn ACL, MCL; surgery in three weeks
OG Ashley Wingate – Broken Leg
RB Bruce Perry – Ankle Sprain
WR Latrez Harrison - Knee
LB Shawn Merriman - Concussion
Passing – Philip Rivers (3740 yards 72% 29 TD 6 Int)
Rushing – T.A. McLendon (471 yards 4.6 avg 5 TD)
Receiving – Jerricho Cotchery (67 rec 1096 yards 9 TD) Tramain Hall (62 rec 689 yards 7 TD)
Defense – Andre Maddox (122 tackles 7 TFL 2 sacks) Pat Thomas (114 tackles 12 TFL 7 sacks) Mario Williams (55 tackles 10 TFL 3 sacks)
Kicking – Adam Kiker (11-14 FG 45-48 XP)
Passing – Scott McBrien (1850 yards 55% 11 TD 5 Int)
Rushing – Josh Allen (718 yards 5.0 avg 8 TD) Bruce Perry (389 yards 4.1 avg 3 TD)
Receiving – Latrez Harrison (33 rec 497 yards 5 TD) Steve Suter (23 rec 335 yards 1 TD)
Defense – D'Qwell Jackson (108 tackles 7 TFL 3 sacks) Randy Starks (56 tackles 13 TFL 6 sacks)
Kicking – Nick Novak (20-25 FG 28-29 XP)
Notable Team Statistics
NC State – First in Total Offense in the ACC, averaging 442.2 YPG.
Maryland – First in Total Defense in the ACC, allowing only 297 YPG.
Maryland - First in the ACC in Scoring Defense, yielding a mere 14.7 PPG.
NC State - First in the ACC in Scoring Offense, generating 37.2 PPG.
Two Key Match-ups To Watch
When NC State has the ball…
WR Jerricho Cotchery vs. DB Dominique Foxworth
Cotchery has been unstoppable lately, leading the ACC in total receiving yards and touchdowns. Some consider Foxworth the best "true" cover corner in the ACC and he'll have his hands full with #82. In his final home game at NC State, look for Cotchery to team up with Philip Rivers early and often. If he's unable to do so, it could be a long day for NC State.
When Maryland has the ball…
TB Josh Allen vs. S Andre Maddox and LB Pat Thomas
It's no secret that Maryland will try to utilize different formations, run the football, and control the clock to keep NC State's potent offense on the sidelines. Allen, coming off a career-high of 257 yards rushing, is critical to their success. If Thomas and Maddox, NC State's best tacklers, can neutralize him, then the Wolfpack just might be Gator (or Peach) bound. If not, the Wolfpack could slide all the way down to the Continental Tire Bowl held in Charlotte, N.C.
Keep Your Eye On
NC State RB T.A. McLendon – McLendon never seemed to get going against Florida State, and NC State will need the "real" T.A. to show up on Saturday. He's an important aspect of the Wolfpack offense, and if he's able to get going it makes Rivers and company that much more dangerous. Look for T.A. to have a big day on Saturday.
Maryland QB Scott McBrien – Speaking of showing up, which Scott McBrien will? The QB who ripped apart North Carolina's defense in College Park, or the McBrien who struggled in Atlanta against the Yellow Jackets? McBrien's obviously a different player on the road, but for Maryland to win he MUST have a big game. If not, look for NC State to put 8 or 9 men in the box and make McBrien win the game for the Terrapins.
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