NC State (3-3) vs. Maryland (4-2)
Saturday, October 21, 2006
12:00 pm Byrd Stadium
College Park, MD
Demario Pressley, DT - wrist injury
James Martin, LB - wrist injury
NC State Game Notes
NOTING THE PACK
NC STATE VERSUS MARYLAND
NC State and Maryland has been a close rivarly over the years, and the Wolfpack holds a 30-28-4 record since the series began in 1909. Maryland leads the series 14-13-1 in College Park, Md.
The Wolfpack has won the last two meetings after Maryland took the previous four contests since Chuck Amato became NC State's head coach in 2000. Amato holds a 1-2 mark against Maryland in College Park, Md., including the last meeting, 13-3, in 2004. NC State holds a 3-2 mark in its last five visits and has won six of the last 10 meetings in Maryland.
NC State and Maryland staged an important battle in the last game of the regular season a year ago as both teams were 5-5 with the winner going to a bowl game. Tailback Toney Baker rushed for 65 yards and the go-ahead touchdown and cornerback Marcus Hudson (now with the San Francisco 49ers) picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown in the 20- 14 Wolfpack win.
LAST TIME AT MARYLAND
With the Wolfpack's highly regarded defense leading the way, NC State downed Maryland 13-3 in the last meeting at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. on October 16, 2004. The defense allowed just five Terrapins' first downs and 91 total yards (24 passing), with 60 of those yards and four first downs coming on Maryland's first drive of the game.
PACK AND TERPS PLAY IT CLOSE
The last six contests between NC State and Maryland (four of which the Wolfpack has lost) have all gone down to the wire, with the average margin of victory being just 5.3 points. NC State's 10-point win in 2004 was the largest margin in the last six games.
In 2000, the teams went into doubleovertime 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. In 2003, 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 2004, the Wolfpack won by 10 by dominating the Terrapins defensively. NC State won by six, 20-14, last season to become bowl eligible in the final game of the season.
NC STATE STARTS STRONG VERSUS
Before NC State trailed, 7-3, at the half in last season's game against Maryland, NC State had led in the previous five meetings with the Terps at the intermission.
State led 21-6 in 2000, 9-3 in 2001, 14-7 in 2002, 14-10 in 2003 and 10-0 in 2004. However, NC State won just one of those contests.
NC State has lost just six games during Chuck Amato's tenure when leading at the half and four of those losses have been against Maryland.
In his first three starts at quarterback, redshirt sophomore Daniel Evans has not only defeated two ranked ACC opponents, but he has done so with solid numbers. Evans, who was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his play against Florida State, ranks eighth overall in passing efficiency (122.2) in the conference. In ACC games only, Evans is third in passing yards-per-game (189.7) and seventh in efficiency (117.8). He has completed 57-of-101 passes for 666 yards with five touchdowns and three picks on the season.
In ACC contests only, Evans is 49-of- 90 for 569 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
If you discount the first two games of the season in which he played only as the holder on placekicks, he would be averaging 166.5 passing yards-pergame, a mark that would rank seventh overall in the ACC.
NC STATE SECOND IN DIVISION
Despite the loss to Wake Forest on Saturday, NC State is in a three-way tie for second place in the Atlantic division with the Demon Deacons and Boston College, only a half game behind division leader Clemson.
The Wolfpack is just one of five ACC teams to have a winning record in conference play at this point in the season.
CUTTING IT CLOSE
Chuck Amato has now coached in 51 ACC contests since taking over the Wolfpack program in 2000, posting a 25-26 record in those contests. In 29 of those 51 games, the final outcome has been decided by a touchdown (seven points) or less, 33 have been decided by eight points or less and 37 have been decided by 10 points or less.
Amato is 11-13 on the road in ACC matchups and in 14 of those 24 games the score has differed by seven points or less, with NC State posting a 6-8 record in those games.
His ACC record includes a 14-13 mark at home and the Wolfpack has lost just four conference games by double digits at home in the past seven years. In 14 home ACC wins, six have been by double digits, and the other eight have been by seven or less points, including the two-point win over BC and the fourpoint triumph over FSU.
Under Amato, NC State has lost by 20-or-more points just three times and by more than 10 points just seven times in ACC games.
WOLFPACK SEEING RED
The team has had its struggles in the redzone this season on both sides of the ball. Heading into the Florida St. game, NC State had made just seven trips into the redzone and scored five times (four TDs, one FG). The defense had allowed 14 scores (nine TDs and five FGs) in 16 chances inside the 20-yardline.
Those numbers took a backseat to the impressive performance from the Wolfpack team against the Seminoles and Demon Deacons inside the redzone. The offense produced a season-high five trips inside the redzone against FSU and scored three touchdowns and a field goal while the defense allowed three trips and held them to just one touchdown and two field goals.
Against Wake Forest, the Wolfpack offense scored three touchdowns and a field goal in its four trips into the redzone while limiting the Demon Deacons to one trip (a a touchdown run) inside the 20-yardline.
Both games marked the only times this season that NC State had more trips inside the redzone than its opponent. NC State has scored on nine of its 10 redzone trips, the third best mark in the ACC for conference games only.
HIT THE ROAD, PACK
NC State has played five of its first six games at home this season, and that means that four of the last six will be played on the road. The last time the Pack was fortunate enough to begin the season with so many home contests was in 1998, when NC State also played five of the first six at home en route to a 4-2 start. That same season was also the last time NC State opened its ACC schedule with three straight at home, (NC State's 2006 conference slate opened with Boston College, Florida State and Wake Forest all visiting Carter-Finley before the Pack is forced to hit the road for an ACC affair).
This season marked the seventh straight that Amato opened the season at home.
Since Daniel Evans took over at quarterback for his first career start against Boston College, NC State has averaged 331.3 yards-per-game over those three games. All three contests were against league foes, and the average yards-per-game rank third in conference games only. Overall on the season the team is still eighth in the ACC in total offense at 300.0 yards-per-game, but averaged just 268.7 yards-per-game in the first three games of the season.
KNOCKING OFF RANKED TEAMS
Since the start of the college football season seven weeks ago, only 10 times in seven weeks did a unranked team knock off a ranked opponent in the AP polls, and NC State has done it twice. When the Wolfpack beat Boston College it became just the fourth unranked team all season to that point to defeat a ranked team before knocking off Florida State for its second win over a ranked team in as many games.
FIRST QUARTER WOES
NC State is happy to see the start of the second quarter. The team has scored just 12 points in the first quarter all season and has converted on only 3-of-19 (.158) third down plays.
Wolfpack opponents have scored on its opening drive in four straight games and NC State is being outscored 26-12 in the opening frame.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT BAKER
While Andre Brown may have more career yards, fellow sophomore tailback Toney Baker has the same number of career touchdowns with nine (eight rushing and one receiving). Baker had two rushing touchdowns and 57 yards rushing against Wake Forest, including a rumbling 13 yard run that pulled NC State within two points with just over five minutes left in the game. It was his third multiple rushing touchdown game of his career after he scored three (two rushing and one receiving) touchdowns against Eastern Kentucky, and two more against North Carolina.
Baker has 259 yards and is averaging 43.2 yards rushing a game this season with three touchdowns.
PROTECTING THE QUARTERBACK
Maybe going against the Wolfpack's sack happy defense (currently sixth in the ACC with 14 sacks) has helped NC State's offensive line protect the quarterback this season. Through the first six games the Pack O-Line has allowed just seven sacks, an average of less than 1.2 per game. The seven sacks allowed is tied for third best in the league this season overall and tied for first in ACC games only by allowing just three sacks in three conference games.
The line more than doubled that last season, giving up an average of 2.9 sacks-per-game last season The offensive line coach is Pat Meyer, who in his first season with the line after serving six seasons in strength and conditioning for the Wolfpack.
SPREADING IT AROUND
Six different Wolfpack players have led the team in catches this season, with senior Lamart Barrett being the latest to do so with five catches for 47 yards against Wake Forest.
Junior wide receiver Darrell Blackman caught three passes for 26 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Appalachian St., and junior tight end Anthony Hill snared career-highs of seven catches for 82 yards in the Akron game.
Freshman wide receiver Donald Bowens (4-76-1), junior wideout John Dunlap (4-33-1) and Hill (4-21-0) tied for the team lead against Southern Miss. Dunlap snared four catches for 79 yards, including the game-winning 34- yard touchdown with 8.5 seconds left against Boston College.
Redshirt freshman Geron James caught four balls for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Florida State game to set career-highs in catches and yards.
NC State Two-Deep Depth Chart
|2006 NC State Depth Chart|
Maryland Quick Facts
Location: College Park, Md.
School Colors: Red, White, Black & Gold
Stadium: Byrd (51,500)
Head Coach: Ralph Friedgen
Record at UMD: 45-22 (6 seasons)
2005 Record: 5-6 (3-5)
2005 Bowl: None
2006 Record: 4-2 (1-1)
2006 Ranking: None
Head Coach Ralph Friedgen
On his concerns halfway through the season: I still think we can play better. I think we are still a work in progress. I'm hoping that this win [against Virginia] will help us see that and get better with that.
On moving forward from the win against Virginia:
The one thing we can't do is fall back. We can't relax. We can't just say, ‘Oh, we won a big game, that's great'. For me this is the beginning not the end. We have to build on this.
On making improvements:
I think we still have to get better in the throwing game and make more plays in the throwing game. There are plays that are there but we have to make them. We need to continue this balance. I need to be more wide open offensively, and defensively we need to do a better job in the running game and stopping the long passes.
On the inconsistency of the defense:
Some of it is that we have a few inexperienced guys playing. It's about how to take on a block or how to free the right arm. There is a lack of experience mistake; I don't see it as an effort mistake. What's going to happen is that the more they play and the more experience they have, the better they will be. I'd like for that to happen tomorrow, but I know that's not going to happen.
On how to maintain consistency with the defense:
With confidence and time. We just have to continue to improve. In not just one area but all areas, in coaching and playing. As long as we are putting forth the effort I think that is going to happen. We have to hang together as a team and put the team before ourselves. Hopefully the more we win, the better that will be.
On the series between Maryland and N.C. State:
The first three years we weren't supposed to win and we did. They have won the last two. They have all been close games. I have tremendous respect for Chuck, his coaching ability, his recruiting, and the NC State program. I think we are both very good coaches, we work very hard at our job, and we are both very aggressive. I think there are a lot of similarities between us.
Maryland Scouting Report
Sam Hollenbach, QB -- For just the second time in the last six years, Maryland has started a season with a returning starter at the quarterback position. And though the success Sam Hollenbach (pronounced HALLen- bock) had a year ago is not that of Scott McBrien (the last QB to return as starter) in 2003, his experience and knowledge of Friedgen's offense suggests that he he is the man to lead the Terp offense this season.
Through 6 games this season, Hollenbach has yet to have a breakout performance but has more cut down on the mistakes that plagued him a year ago. In 2006, he is 94-for-157 (59.9 completion percentage) for 1,022 yards with 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Hollenbach's career completion percentage heading into this week's game is 60.6 percent (308-for-508).
Lance Ball, RB -- Maryland's leading rusher, Ball has rushed for 468 yards and six touchdowns on 95 carriese, leading the team in all three categories.
A rugged runner, the 216-pound junior loves to pound the ball between the tackles and is a workhorse.
Jared Gaither, OT -- Arguably the ACC's top NFL offensive line prospect, Gaither is a mammoth tackle and a sure-fire pick for All-ACC honors. The sophomore has unlimited potnetial and is really starting to emerge as one of the nation's top offensive linemen.
Keon Lattimore, RB -- Lattimore is coming off a huge game against Virginia, where he finished with 114 yards on 15 carries for his first career 100-yard rushing game. He also had a 56-yard run, the longest play of the season by Maryland and marked the first time the Terps had a scoring run of 50 or more yards since Bruce Perry went 80 yards at Wake Forest in 2003.
Lattimore was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his effort.
Wesley Jefferson, LB -- Through six games, Jefferson has tallied 52 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, and 2.5 sacks to pace the team in all three categories. He is one of the league's top tacklers and at 6-foot-2 and 233 pounds he has the speed and athleticism to pressure the quarterback when blitzing.
He is coming off perhaps his best game of the season, as Jefferson posted a game-high 12 tackles in Maryland's thrilling 28-26 victory in Charlottesville.
Josh Wilson, DB -- A terrific special teams talent and playmaker at cornerback, Wilson has already returned a 100-yard kickoff for a touchdown this season (GT) and is exciting with the ball in his hands.
Defensively, he's tallied 24 tackles and six pass breakups to lead the defensive backs.
Maryland Game Notes
QUICK HITS -- WEEK 6
TERPS OWN NATION'S LONGEST STREAK
TURNING THE TABLES
RECEIVERS COMING ALONG
NOTING THE TERP DEFENSE
Last year's defensive scoring average of 25.0
points per game was somewhat deceiving. The
Terrapins gave up 42 points without the defense
even being on the field (four interception returns,
one punt return and one fumble return).
Factor that in and the team averaged 21.1
points allowed per game, which would have
ranked 26th-best in the nation as opposed to
TURNOVER LOW IN ‘06 AND ‘07
LB UNIT HOME OF THE HARDWARE
TURTLES IN NAME ONLY
Maryland Depth Chart
OFFENSE X 84 Isaiah Williams 6-2 200
So.-1V 11 Drew Weatherly 6-3 216 Sr.-3V
X 84 Isaiah Williams 6-2 200 So.-1V
11 Drew Weatherly 6-3 216 Sr.-3V
LT 70 Stephon Heyer 6-6 320 Sr.-3V
77 Scott Burley 6-5 326 Jr.-2V
LG 69 Donnie Woods 6-3 289 Jr.-2V
75 Jaimie Thomas 6-4 328 So.-1V
C 60 Edwin Williams 6-2 318 So.-1V
72 Phil Costa 6-2 299 Fr.-RS
RG 63 Andrew Crummey 6-5 301 Jr.-1V
66 Garrick Clig 6-4 296 Jr.-1V
RT 78 Jared Gaither 6-9 350 So.-1V
or 75 Dane Randolph 6-5 285 So.-1V
TE 80 Joey Haynos 6-8 267 Jr.-2V
13 Dan Gronkowski 6-6 266 So.-SQ
15 Jason Goode 6-3 233 Jr.-2V
QB 14 Sam Hollenbach 6-4 214 Sr.-2V.
19 Jordan Steffy 6-1 214 So.-1V
TB 44 Lance Ball 5-9 216 Jr.-1V
or 21 Keon Lattimore 5-11 221 Jr.-2V
33 Josh Allen 5-11 215 Sr.-3V
FB 32 Tim Cesa 6-1 256 Jr.-2V
38 Cory Jackson 6-0 240 Fr.-HS
Z 8 Darrius Heyward-Bey 6-2 206 Fr.-RS
17 Danny Oquendo 6-0 188 So.-1V
Slot 17 Danny Oquendo 6-0 188 So.-1V
82 Nolan Carroll 6-0 201 Fr.-RS
DE 40 Jeremy Navarre 6-3 263 So.-1V
91 Mack Frost 6-5 257 So.-1V
93 Barrod Heggs 6-2 265 Fr.-RS
NT 68 Carlos Feliciano 6-5 307 Jr.-2V
92 Dre Moore 6-4 312 Jr.-2V
90 Travis Ivey 6-4 311 Fr.-RS
DT 95 Conrad Bolston 6-3 303 Sr.-3V
98 Omarr Savage 6-5 284 Jr.-2V
90 Travis Ivey 6-4 311 Fr.-RS
LEO 55 Trey Covington 6-3 252 So.-1V
54 David Holloway 6-2 230 Sr.-2V
57 Jared Harrell 6-4 231 Fr.-RS
MLB 35 Wesley Jefferson 6-2 233 Jr.-2V
42 Chase Bullock 6-2 235 So.-1V
WLB 1 Erin Henderson 6-3 242 So.-SQ
or48 Moses Fokou 6-1 216 Jr.-SQ
SLB 54 David Holloway 6-2 230 Sr.-2V
34 Dave Philistin 6-2 233 So.-1V
43 Rick Costa 6-0 246 So.-SQ
CB (F) 5 Isaiah Gardner 5-11 194 Jr.-1V
9 Richard Taylor 5-10 194 So.-1V
6 Anthony Wiseman 5-9 185 Fr.-RS
SS 12 Marcus Wimbush 5-10 202 Sr.-2V
29 Jeff Allen 6-0 190 So.-1V
FS 3 Christian Varner 5-11 196 Jr.-2V
30 J.J. Justice 6-1 219 Jr.-2V
CB (B)4 Josh Wilson 5-9 187 Sr.-3V
2 Kevin Barnes 6-1 181 So.-1V
9 Richard Taylor 5-10 194 So.-1V
PK 22 Dan Ennis 5-10 158 Sr.-1V
39 Obi Egekeze 6-2 218 So.-SQ
KO 49 Chris Roberts 6-1 194 So.-1V
39 Obi Egekeze 6-2 218 So.-SQ
P 36 Adam Podlesh 5-11 205 Sr.-3V
PR 17 Danny Oquendo 6-0 188 So.-1V
3 Christian Varner 5-11 196 Jr.-2V
KR 4 Josh Wilson 5-9 187 Sr.-3V
8 Darrius Heyward-Bey 6-2 206 Fr.-RS
21 Keon Lattimore 5-11 221 Jr.-2V
H 36 Adam Podlesh 5-11 205 Sr.-3V
89 Matt Goldberg 6-2 187 So.-SQ
LS 31 Andrew Schmitt 6-0 230 So.-1V
32 Tim Cesa 6-1 256 Jr.-2V
SS 53 Brendan McDermond 6-2 251 Jr.-1V
31 Andrew Schmitt 6-0 230 So.-1V
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