Series business: Maryland-Rutgers

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The history between Maryland and Rutgers … mostly, it isn’t recent.

But here’s a tidbit or two heading into the meeting between the Terrapins (1-2) and Scarlet Knights (2-1) at Byrd Stadium.

Series: Maryland leads series 5-3. The Terrapins won the 2007 meeting in Piscataway 34-24.

Recent stars of the series:The easy, easy answer to this one is quarterback Chris Turner and wideout LaQuan Williams. The pair connected on a 27-yard catch of the diving variety on a third-and-12. A play later, Keon Lattimore scored from two yards out to give Maryland a 27-17 lead in the fourth quarter of the 2007 game.

Number worth noting, Part I: 0 – Times Maryland and Rutgers have played in College Park. The 1940 and 1942 games, however, were played in Baltimore.

Number worth noting, Part II: 10 – Ranking for Rutgers in the 2007 game, the second-highest in school history. The Scarlet Knights are 0-2 all-time as a top-10 team, losing at Cincinnati in 2006 and at home to Maryland in 2007.

Number worth noting, Part III: 23 – Career starts for Maryland quarterback Chris Turner, all in the 24 games since the last time the teams met. Turner received his first extended playing time against Rutgers, and has started all but the 2008 opener against Delaware since that victory.

Maryland vs. the Big East: The Terrapins are 49-47-4 all-time against current members of the Big East, with 46 of those games coming against West Virginia and another 34 against Syracuse. This decade, the Terps are 5-5 against current Big East members (1-0 against Rutgers, 4-5 against West Virginia).

Rutgers vs. the ACC: The Scarlet Knights are 20-56-1 all-time against current members of the ACC, including 9-41-1 against former Big East rivals Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech. Under coach Greg Schiano, Rutgers is 0-4 against Boston College, 0-3 against Miami and 0-3 against Virginia Tech. In actual nonconference play, the Scarlet Knights won at North Carolina in 2006, lost to Maryland in 2007, lost at home to North Carolina in 2008 and beat N.C. State in the Papajohns.com Bowl last year.

Patrick Stevens

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