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November 19, 2012Game Day
Line: North Carolina by 24
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C. - Kenan Stadium (63,000)
TV: RSN (Watch Online | TV Affiliates)
Announcers: Rich Waltz (play-by-play), Keith Jones (analyst) & Jenn Hildreth (sideline)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 94, XM 198)
Announcers: Jones Angell (play-by-play), Rick Steinbacher (color analyst) & Lee Pace (sideline)
Weather: Chapel Hill Forecast
Rankings: Maryland: Not Ranked; North Carolina: Not Ranked
Coaches Randy Edsall (6-17 at MD; 80-87 Overall); Larry Fedora (7-4 at UNC; 41-23 Overall)
Maryland At A Glance
North Carolina: The visiting Tar Heels saw freshman WR [db]Quinshad Davis[/db] tie an ACC and school record with 16 pass receptions, and QB [db]Bryn Renner thew three touchdown passes to key the Thursday night win. North Carolina led just 20-13 before a second-half goal-line stand turned the tide, After stopping the Cavaliers at the UNC 3, the Tar Heels moved 97 yards in 12 plays, with Renner's 23-yard touchdown pass to RB Giovani Bernard capping the drive and putting the visitors in control. After giving up 68 points ﬁve days earlier against Georgia Tech, UNC's defense showed marked improvement with the goal-line stand and DB Tre Boston's 36 interception return for a touchdown. Final score: North Carolina 37, Virginia 13
Maryland-North Carolina Series
Maryland-North Carolina Notes
MD: Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackers Kenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford. Maryland's 6.6 tackles for loss per game rank 29th in the FBS and its 2.55 sacks per game are tied for 25th. Vellano, who has played through an ankle injury for much of the year, is fourth in the ACC and is tied for 30th nationally with 1.27 tackles for loss per game. Vellano and Drakeford are tied for ﬁfth in the conference with 6.0 sacks, and Cole Farrand has also provided solid play, with his 71 tackles ranking second on the team behind the injured Hartsﬁeld. Against Florida State, Tate became the ﬁrst Terrapin to record 3.0 sacks in a game since Shawne Merriman on Nov. 2, 2002.
MD: Despite missing a game with an injury Maryland true freshman WR Stefon Diggs has already recorded the 4th-best season by a freshman receiver in league history in reception yardage. Diggs has 766 receiving yards on 46 catches. Clemson's Sammy Watkins set the freshman record last year with 1,219 receiving yards in 14 games. Diggs ranks 7th nationally in all-purpose yardage.
MD: The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In 11 games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:10 to 28:50 for the opponent. That's a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.
MD: Maryland announced on Monday afternoon that they have accepted an invitation to join the Big Ten so they will be leaving the ACC and joining the Big Ten on July 1, 2014.
UNC: Carolina is averaging 49.3 points per game this season at home, including two games with more than 60 points - 65 vs. Elon, 66 vs. Idaho. UNC also had 27 vs. ECU, 48 vs. Virginia Tech, 43 vs. NC State and 50 vs. Georgia Tech.
UNC: Carolina is averaging 484.2 yards per game, which is more than 40 yards per game more than the single-season school record of 441.8 in 1983.
UNC: ACC Player of the Year candidate Giovani Bernard leads the ACC in rushing yards per game, punt return average, scoring per game and all-purpose yards per game. Nationally, Bernard is 13th in rushing, second in punt returns, second in scoring and fifth in all-purpose yards. Bernard has 18 touchdowns this season and needs three to equal the single-season school record of 21 set by Don McCauley in 1970. Bernard has 1,065 rushing yards and is the first Carolina player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons since Natrone Means in 1991 (1,030) and 1992 (1,195).
UNC: QB Bryn Renner has 23 touchdown passes this season, just three shy of his school record of 26 set in 2011. Renner is the only player in UNC history to throw for 20 or more touchdowns in multiple seasons.
UNC: Carolina ranks first in the ACC and 14th in the country with 15 interceptions. Eight different players have at least one interception this season. The Tar Heels have returned an interception for a touchdown in back-to-back games against Georgia Tech and Virginia.
Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Maryland and UNC Athletic Communications