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Wolfpack, Terps Battle in College Park

NC State visits Maryland in a huge conference game for both teams. Game time is set for 3:30 Saturday, and the game is televised on ABC. <P> Premium Subscribers can chat Live in the <a href=http://insiders1.ezboard.com/fnorthcarolinastatefrm17>PackPride.com Premium Chat Room</a> via the "Join Live Chat" Link. <P>

Byrd Stadium

NC State (3-2) vs. Maryland (3-2)
Saturday, October 16, 2004
3:30 pm Byrd Stadium (51,500)
College Park, MD

Maryland Links

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Game Notes

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    Injury Report

    NC State
    Andre Maddox, ROV -
    hamstring strain
    T.A. McLendon, RB - hamstring strain, AC seperation

    Sterling Hicks, WR - heel injury
    Luke Lathan, C - knee sprain

    Merci Falaise, OL -
    knee sprain
    Jed Paulsen, C - ankle injury


    Maryland Scouting Report

    Sammy Maldonado is Maryland's leading rusher
    29 Sammy Maldonado, RB – Bruising tailback leads Maryland in rushing. A transfer from Ohio State, Maldonado has been a difference maker for the Terps, and meshes well with Josh Allen at the tailback position.

    33 Josh Allen, RB – Maryland's other terrific tailback, Allen garnered All-ACC honors last season. He's healthy and gives Maryland more speed at the position than Maldonado.

    16 Joel Statham, QB – First-year starter has had mixed results thus far. Put up huge numbers against Duke, but struggled against West Virginia and Georgia Tech. May be looking over his shoulder at freshman Jordan Steffy, who's also going to get reps against the Wolfpack.

    52 D'qwell Jackson, LB – Maryland's best player... period. Jackson is a playmaker at his middle linebacker position, and is very disruptive. The Terps use him well in their scheme and he has a lot of freedom to make plays all over the field.

    45 Shawne Merriman, DE – Converted linebacker is tied for the ACC lead in sacks (5). Fierce pass rusher off the edge and is solid against the run.

    6 Dominique Foxworth, CB – Maryland's best corner, Foxworth has made big plays throughout his career. Look for Davis to try and stay away from his side of the field.

    Nick Novak, K - Two-time All-ACC kicker, Novak beat NC State last year with a field goal in the final minute. One of the nation's best kickers.


  • Maryland's 20-7 loss to Georgia Tech was its first loss at home since the 2002 season. The Terrapins are now 21-2 at Byrd Stadium under Friedgen with last weekend's loss breaking a streak of 11-straight wins at home.
  • The Terrapins set lows under Ralph Friedgen for total offense, rushing offense and passing offense against the Yellow Jackets.
  • The Terps' struggles when trailing at the half continued as the team is now 4-9 under Friedgen when it heads to the locker room with a deficit. Maryland has yet to lose in the 30 times it takes a lead to the half.
  • Senior kicker Nick Novak's one point against Tech moved him into the top 10 of the NCAA's all-time point scoring leaders for kickers. With 368 career points, Novak is now tied for 10th with former Florida kicker Jeff Chandler, who totaled 368 from 1997-2001.
  • Georgia Tech had zero turnovers against the Terps on Saturday. The Jackets had averaged 3.0 giveaways per game headed into their matchup with the Terps. The Terps likewise had no turnovers for the first time in 2004.
  • Last Saturday's attendance of 52,733 marked the fifth-largest crowd in Byrd Stadium history and the largest of this season. Through three home games of 2004, the Terps are averaging 51,952 fans per game.


  • After stumbling out of the blocks in their first year, Maryland's special teams have been nothing short of, well, special the last two years under coordinator Ray Rychleski.
  • In placekicker Nick Novak, punter Adam Podlesh and return man Steve Suter, the Terrapins have the ACC's first team all-conference kicker from 2002 and 2003, its second-team punter from 2003 (and the first Terp freshman in history to make All-ACC) and a specialist who has been first team all-league since 2002.
  • The Terps have drawn national attention for their unit in 2004 as they have been ranked in the preseason as one of the best units in the nation by Collegefootballnews.com (1st), Lindy's (1st), ESPN (3rd) and Phil Steele (3rd).


  • With 22 seniors (12 of whom were starters), last year's Maryland squad was the most experienced in the last four years. One year later, the 2004 edition of the Terps has just three less seniors but it is easily the least experienced of Ralph Friedgen's tenure.
  • This year's team has the largest group of true freshmen in recent memory (30). All told, there were 49 Terrapins on this year's roster with four years or more of eligibility remaining at the beginning of the season.
  • In the Terrapins' first five games of 2004, a total of 35 sophomores and freshmen have seen action including seven true freshmen, one more than all of last year.

    NC State News and Notes

    The series with Maryland dates back to 1909, with the two teams meeting every year since 1956. The Wolfpack enters this year's game at College Park with the overall series in a dead heat, at 28-28-4.

    The Wolfpack has lost the last four meetings. Prior to the 2000 loss, NC State had won four straight and eight of nine from 1991 until 1999.

    NC State's record-setting quarterback Philip Rivers experienced a little bit of everything during his four years and Division I-record 51 games as a starter. One thing he did not experience was a victory over the University of Maryland.

    Rivers is now playing on Sundays for the San Diego Chargers, while his former team still tries to gain a victory against its ACC rival. Maryland is the only league team that Chuck Amato has not defeated at least once since coming to State in 2000.

    The last four contests between NC State and Maryland have all gone down to the wire, with Maryland winning by 4, 3 and two points. In 2000, the teams went into double-overtime in College Park before State fell, 28- 35. In 2001, the Terrapins scored with under a minute remaining to win 23-19 and in 2002, Maryland kicked a field goal with 34 seconds remaining to take their first and final lead: 24-21. Last season, after missing an extra point to tie the game for Maryland, the Terrapin placekicker booted a 43-yard field goal with just 23 seconds remaining to give his squad a 26-24 victory.

    In each of its last three wins over the Wolfpack, the Terrapins have outgained State on the ground. Maryland has outgained the Pack 495-245 in the last three matchups, for an average of 83.4 yards per game.

    Last season, the Pack could muster just 98 rushing yards while the Terps tallied 190. In 2002, Maryland outrushed State 202-109 and in 2001, although they gained just 103 ground yards, the Terps held the Pack to just 38 yards rushing.

    In each of its last four losses to Maryland, NC State has gone into the lockerroom with a halftime lead. State led 21-6 in 2000, 9-3 in 2001, 14-7 in 2002 and 14-10 last season.

    NC State has lost just five games during Chuck Amato's tenure when leading at the half and four of those losses have been against Maryland.

    Here's a look at the first and second half scoring by the two squads in the last four outings (NC State is listed first): 2000 2001 2002 2003 1st 21-6 9-3 14-7 14-10 2nd 0-15 10-20 7-17 10-16 OT 7-14 NA NA NA Final 28-35 19-23 21-24 24-26

    NC State's defense was much-criticized last season, as the Wolfpack finished the season ranked 116th nationally in pass defense, allowing over 284 yards per game. In the total defense column, State ranked 89th nationally, giving up 421 yards per game.

    This season, however, new coordinator Reggie Herring has his unit sitting near the top of the national standings in total defense and pass defense, as the Pack is allowing just 226.2 total yards (the third-best mark in the nation) and 112.2 aerial yards per game to lead the nation.

    The Wolfpack has held four of its five opponents under 300 yards of total offense this season, and held the first three under 200 yards. Those three tallies under 200 yards marked the first time since 1965 that NC State has allowed such low totals in three consecutive contests.

    You would think that a team with the league's leading rusher wouldn't have too many carries left for anybody else. However, against North Carolina, three Wolfpack runners rushed for over 70 yards and six carried the ball four or more times. The game marked the first since 1992 (vs. Maryland) that NC State finished a game with over 300 yards rushing.

    In addition to T.A. McLendon's ninth career 100-yard rushing game (117 yards), sophomore Reggie Davis bulldozed his way to 72 yards on 11 carries. Freshmen tailbacks Darrell Blackman rushed five times for 15 yards, while Bobby Washington had four tries for a dozen yards and a TD and also ran in a two-point conversion.

    Game Analysis

    Maryland's offense has been inconsistent this season, and they will need to bring their 'A' game against the Wolfpack, one of the nation's top defensive units.

    Look for the Terps to try and establish the ground game early behind Allen and Maldonado. Doing so will take early pressure off the quarterback situation and they'll probably run on early downs to prevent third and long.

    When they do go to the air, a name to remember is Vernon Davis. The tight end/halfback is perhaps their most explosive player, as evidenced by his three touchdown receptions against Duke earlier in the season. He's an emerging star in the ACC and will be a tough matchup for NC State's linebackers.

    Maryland's going to try and get in position to let Novak do a lot of work. He's been a pain in the side of NC State in previous seasons, and is a weapon for the Terps.

    As with each game this season, NC State's going to start out by working T.A. McLendon on the ground. The ACC's leading rusher, McLendon is a little banged up but should play against the Terps. McLendon, Reggie Davis, Bobby Washington, and Darrell Blackman give NC State as strong a group of running backs that you'll find.

    Jay Davis must stay hot. He's been on fire the past two weeks and the offense is beginning to click. With the weapons around him, look for Davis to put up solid numbers against Maryland.

    VALUE THE FOOTBALL. It's time for NC State to win a turnover battle. The offense must take care of the ball, and the defense has to start forcing turnovers. It could be a deciding factor in the game on Saturday.

    NC State's John Deraney vs. Maryland's Nick Novak and Adam Podlesh: Wolfpack Head Coach Chuck Amato always stresses the kicking game and it could be VERY important this week. Maryland has arguably the conference's top duo in Novak and Podlesh. Deraney must be strong in the kicking game for the Wolfpack against Maryland, because you know Novak and Podlesh will likely be on top of theirs.

    NC State could use a punt block in this game... it seems like it's been a while since they've had one.

    #34 Steve Suter

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