The Washington Times - November 16, 2008, 10:36AM

After Maryland upended Wake Forest last month, I cobbled together an “Optimal Turner” chart to illustrate how much better Chris Turner plays against ranked teams than unranked opponents.

He still hasn’t tossed an interception against a ranked team in his career, which remains pretty amazing.


The Terps also haven’t lost to a ranked opponent when he plays.

For the purposes of wins and losses, Turner gets credited in this chart with the Rutgers game last year. That, of course, was the outing that thrust him into the lineup —- and, aside from a tumultuous fortnight in August, he hasn’t relinquished his spot since.

Category Ranked Unranked
Completions 110 195
Attempts 168 333
Yards 1276 2491
Touchdowns 7 9
Interceptions 0 13
Rating 143.03 122.51
Record 6-0 4-8

Turner wasn’t at his best in the middle of yesterday’s game, at one point throwing six straight incompletions. But his three third-down strikes on the winning drive made a significant difference —- and kept him and the Terps perfect against ranked teams since late last September.

—- Patrick Stevens