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Series business: Maryland-Wake Forest

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This is the 39th straight season Maryland and Wake Forest have played. some recent highlights.

Series: Maryland leads series 41-15-1. Wake Forest has won two of three, but Maryland is 7-2 in the Aughts.

Recent stars of the series:Josh Wilson returned a fumble for a touchdown as Maryland won the 2005 meeting in Winston-Salem. Wake’s Kenny Moore amassed 165 rushing yards and a score in the regular-season finale in 2006. Alphonso Smith intercepted Jordan Steffy and returned it for a touchdown to ignite a Demon Deacon comeback in ‘07. And Darrius Heyward-Bey caught a career-best 11 passes for 101 yards and a score in last year’s Maryland win.

Number worth noting, Part I: 16-4 – Record for Maryland at BB&T Field

Number worth noting, Part II: 471 – Yards passing in three games for Riley Skinner against Maryland, his lowest total against any Atlantic Division team.

Number worth noting, Part III: 13 – Tackles for Maryland’s Alex Wujciak in last year’s meeting with Wake Forest.

Number worth noting, Part IV: 3 – First-half points for Wake Forest in the teams’ last two meetings. The Demon Deacons trailed 17-3 at the break in 2007, and didn’t score last year.

Number worth noting, Part V: 1 – Night game played between the teams in the last decade. The only other time a Maryland-Wake game started in that span was 2006.

Decade highlight, Wake Forest: In a winner-take-all showdown for the Atlantic Division title, the Demon Deacons steamrolled Maryland 38-24 in 2006. Wake scored on its first three possessions of the second half – all of 10 plays or more – and went on a week later to win its first ACC title since 1970.

Decade highlight, Maryland: Maryland pounded the Demon Deacons 32-14 in the 2002 season finale, and immediately after the game accepted an invitation to the Peach Bowl. E.J. Henderson had 14 tackles and an interception in his final home game

Patrick Stevens

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