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Series business: Maryland-California

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This feature seemed like a good idea … until I realized breaking down a single game for the first two weeks of the season could be sort of boring.

But hang in there. This will be a little more interesting come conference play.

For now, this constitutes a lot of reflection on last year’s game between Maryland and California, a 35-27 victory at Byrd Stadium.

Series: Maryland leads 1-0.

Recent star of the series: Can’t really go wrong with quarterback Chris Turner, who was 15-for-19 for 156 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s victory.

Number worth noting, Part I: 80 – Yards rushing for both Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett in last year’s game. It was one of two occasions (North Carolina was the other) that both tailbacks ran for at least 80 yards.

Number worth noting, Part II: -1 – Yards on five carries for California’s Jahvid Best in the first half of last season’s game. Best finished with 10 carries for 25 yards.

Number worth noting, Part III: 15 – Margin at halftime in favor of Maryland (21-6) in the teams’ only meeting. It’s the fourth-largest halftime lead for Maryland since the start of the 2004 season:

28: @Maryland 28, Temple 0 (2004)
24: Maryland 24, @N.C. State 0 (2007)
17: @Maryland 24, William & Mary 7 (2006)
15: @Maryland 21, California 6 (2008)

Maryland vs. the Pac-10: This will be the Terps’ third game out of 15 against a Pac-10 team (the others being the loss in the 2007 Emerald Bowl and last year’s defeat of California). It will be Maryland’s first trip to a Pac-10 school since losing to UCLA in 1954.

California vs. the ACC:  The Golden Bears split two games against the ACC last year, losing at Maryland while beating Miami in the Emerald Bowl. Cal’s only other games against teams that were then members of the ACC are a loss and a tie in a home-and-home with Duke (1962-63) and a victory over Clemson in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day 1992.

Patrick Stevens

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