- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 30, 2008

MARYLAND (7-5) vs. NEVADA (7-5)

Today: 4:30 p.m. Where: Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho | TV: ESPN | Radio: FM-106.7, FM-105.7, AM-1300

MARYLAND

STARTERS

Offense

QB 10 Chris Turner

TB 23 Da’Rel Scott

FB 39 Cory Jackson

WR-X 82 Torrey Smith

WR-Z 8 Darrius Heyward-Bey

TE 13 Dan Gronkowski

LT 74 Bruce Campbell

LG 76 Jaimie Thomas

C 60 Edwin Williams

RG 72 Phil Costa

RT 77 Scott Burley

Defense

DE 40 Jeremy Navarre

NT 92 Dion Armstrong

DT 90 Travis Ivey

LEO 55 Trey Covington

SLB 48 Moise Fokou

MLB 33 Alex Wujciak

WLB 34 Dave Philistin

CB 6 Anthony Wiseman

FS 1 Terrell Skinner

SS 29 Jeff Allen

CB 14 Nolan Carroll

Special teams

K/KO 39 Obi Egekeze

P 35 Travis Baltz

KR 82 Torrey Smith

PR 17 Danny Oquendo

STATISTICAL LEADERS

PassingC-AYardsTD-INT

C. Turner201-3472,31811-10

J. Steffy10-181150-2

RushingAtt.YardsTD

D. Scott1959596

D. Meggett794224

ReceivingRec.YardsTD

Heyward-Bey385615

D. Oquendo293712

Schedule

DateOpponentTime/score

Aug. 30DelawareW, 14-7

Sept. 6at Middle Tenn.L, 24-14

Sept. 13CaliforniaW, 35-27

Sept. 20E. MichiganW, 51-24

Sept. 27at ClemsonW, 20-17

Oct. 4at VirginiaL, 31-0

Oct. 18Wake ForestW, 26-0

Oct. 25N.C. StateW, 27-24

Nov. 6at Virginia TechL, 23-13

Nov. 15North CarolinaW, 17-15

Nov. 22Florida StateL, 37-3

Nov. 29at Boston CollegeL, 28-21

Todayvs. Nevada#4:30 p.m.

#Boise, Idaho

Coach

Ralph Friedgen Eighth season, 63-36

The Terrapins are playing in their sixth bowl under Friedgen, though this is probably the most unfulfilling postseason trip because Maryland was two wins from a division title. Friedgen becomes the third person in program history to coach 100 games and the first since Jerry Claiborne (1972-1981).

NEVADA

STARTERS

Offense

QB 10 Colin Kaepernick

RB 34 Vai Taua

WR-Z 4 Marko Mitchell

WR-X 14 Chris Wellington

WR-F 89 Mike McCoy

TE 85 Virgil Green

T 50 Mike Gallett

G 65 Brad Eskew

C 61 Dominic Green

G 63 Kenneth Ackerman

T 73 Alonzo Durham

Defense

DE 55 Dontay Moch

DT 94 Mundrae Clifton

DT 95 Nate Agaiava

DE 99 Kevin Basped

SLB 52 James Johnson

MLB 54 Jerome Johnson

WLB 33 Brandon Marshall

CB 45 Antoine Thompson

SS 49 Jonathon Amaya

FS 17 Uche Anyanwu

CB 32 Isaiah Frey

Special teams

K/KO 13 Brett Jaekle

P 13 Brett Jaekle

KR 84 Brian Fludd

PR 45 Antoine Thompson

STATISTICAL LEADERS

PassingC-AYardsTD-INT

Kaepernick184-3362,47919-5

N. Graziano15-301450-2

RushingAtt.YardsTD

V. Taua2131,42014

Kaepernick1521,11516

ReceivingRec.YardsTD

M. Mitchell561,0119

M. McCoy404202

SCHEDULE

DateOpponentTime/score

Aug. 30 Grambling StateW, 49-13

Sept. 6Texas TechL, 35-19

Sept. 13at MissouriL, 69-17

Sept. 27at UNLVW, 49-27

Oct. 4at IdahoW, 49-14

Oct. 11New Mexico St.L, 48-45

Oct. 18Utah StateW, 44-17

Oct. 25at HawaiiL, 38-31

Nov. 7at Fresno StateW, 41-28

Nov. 15San Jose StateW, 41-17

Nov. 22Boise StateL, 41-34

Nov. 29at La. TechW, 35-31

Today vs. Maryland#4:30 p.m.

#Boise, Idaho

Coach

Chris Ault 24th season, 198-90-1

The innovator of the pistol offense and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Ault is in his third stint as coach of the Wolf Pack. He played quarterback at Nevada and has served as coach or athletic director (and, at times, both) in Reno since 1976. Nevada is 1-4 in bowl games under Ault, including a loss two years ago to Miami in the Humanitarian Bowl.

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Maryland offensive line vs. Nevada front seven

Maryland’s strength was supposed to be its offensive line. It didn’t quite work out.

Instead, the senior-laden bunch pass-blocked well for 10 games but performed erratically in the running game. After physically overwhelming some lesser opponents early in the season, the Terps couldn’t run in the season’s latter stages and became one dimensional.

Now Maryland must contend with the nation’s No. 3 rushing defense - as well as the nation’s worst passing defense. So while Chris Turner could fling the ball around all day, the Terps would be well-served to establish a running game and salvage something from a unit that, outside of all-conference center Edwin Williams, was pilloried this season.

If the Terps’ veteran linemen can play well and create space for Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett, they will leave College Park on a memorable note.

NUGGETS

Maryland

- Nevada is yielding an average of 321.1 passing yards, which could create favorable conditions for quarterback Chris Turner. The junior would move into fifth on Maryland’s single-season passing list with a 300-yard day. He ranks seventh on the Terps’ career passing list with 4,276 yards.

- Torrey Smith could set the ACC’s single-season kickoff return yards record by halftime. The redshirt freshman has 990 yards, second in league history to Duke’s Tijan Redmon, who had 1,065 in 1995. Nevada averages 37.8 points, so Smith could emerge as a record-holder quickly.

- Senior linebacker Moise Fokou’s strong season has received relatively little acclaim, but a strong case could be made that the former walk-on and transfer from Frostburg State is the Terps’ best defensive player. Fokou was the only player in the ACC who entered the postseason with at least 72 tackles and five sacks; his athleticism helped him improve in his second year as a starter.

Nevada

- Colin Kaepernick is tied for 25th all time among major-college quarterbacks for rushing yards in a season. The sophomore has 1,115 yards; he would become only the 19th QB to reach 1,200 yards if he matches his average of 93 yards. Air Force’s Beau Morgan set the single-season record of 1,494 in 1996.

- The Wolf Pack’s prolific offense is rarely silenced, even for short stretches. Nevada has scored in 44 of 48 quarters this season. The Wolf Pack had a streak of 28 straight quarters with a point snapped in their regular-season finale against Louisiana Tech. The only other two teams to blank Nevada for a quarter are Missouri (twice) and Boise State.

- While hardly huge defensive ends, Dontay Moch and Kevin Basped create plenty of headaches. Nevada ranks fifth in the nation in tackles for loss and eighth in sacks, and that pair pops up in the top 30 individually in both categories. Basped led the WAC with 10 sacks.

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