- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 12, 2005

1. Settling down Sam — Quarterback Sam Hollenbach will start for the first time since Oct. 20, and even he acknowledges it probably will take at least a series for him become comfortable again. Keeping that adjustment time to a minimum will prevent Maryland’s offense from sputtering too much.

2. Get the Ball rolling — Tailback Lance Ball has averaged at least 4.9 yards a carry in four consecutive games, and another consistent day would permit Maryland to control the clock. That likely would put more pressure on Carolina quarterback Matt Baker, who has one touchdown pass and no completions of more than 29 yards in the Tar Heels’ last four games.

3. Final 15 — It would be no surprise if Maryland finds itself in another tight game, which would provide yet another opportunity to close out a game in the fourth quarter. The Terps couldn’t do that two weeks ago against Florida State in arguably the team’s most frustrating loss of the season. A strong finish — if necessary — could deliver a victory and a boost for the final two weeks, both of which are needed for a team that hasn’t won in more than a month.

Patrick Stevens

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