Five predictions as Maryland prepares to play Temple on Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
1. Temple tailback Bernard Pierce will run for 120 yards (barring injury). The burly Owls junior has 11 games of at least 100 rushing yards, including two of this season’s first three contests. He’s among the best rushers Maryland will face all season, and he’ll get his share of yards against the Terrapins.
2. Temple won’t get to 200 yards passing. The Owls have reached that plateau in just five of their last 26 games. Whether Chester Stewart, Mike Gerardi or someone else takes the majority of the snaps, the Owls won’t do most of their damage through the air.
3. Kevin Dorsey will catch a touchdown pass. The junior’s emerged as Danny O’Brien‘s preferred option the first two weeks, with 17 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown. Dorsey will haul in another score against a Temple defense designed to stop the run.
4. Kenny Tate will make some sort of big play —- sack, interception or forced fumble. Coach Randy Edsall described the senior’s play as “average” through games, and Tate himself suggested last week he could do more to help the Terps. The tackle totals are there, and he has a forced fumble and a pick already. Look for a notable play out of the star.
5. Maryland will pull away in the second half to win by two possessions. This doesn’t have the look of a picnic for the Terps. Temple reached a bowl game in 2009, won eight games last year and is off to a 2-1 start this year. The Owls have a physical offensive line, and Maryland might have to grind against a team content to chew up clock and yardage. The Terps will emerge with a victory, though, by outscoring Temple in the final 20 minutes.
—- Patrick Stevens