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November 19, 2012

Maryland - UNC Capsule

Game 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
Location: College Park, Maryland
Nickname: Terrapins, Terps
Colors: Red, White, Black, Gold
Conference: ACC
Stadium: Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium (51,802)
Surface: FieldTurf
2011 Record: 2-10 (1-7)
2012 Record: 4-7 (2-5)
More on the Terrapins: Schedule - Statistics - Roster - Message Boards - Terrapin Times - Official Site

Last Game
Maryland: The sixth-ranked Seminoles earned a spot in the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship with a convincing road victory at Maryland on Saturday. Florida State will face Georgia Tech for the title at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 1. Sophomore RB Devonta Freeman was the offensive star for the Seminoles with a career-best 148 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns for his fifth multi-score game in two seasons. RB James Wilder Jr. added 52 yards and a score as well. Maryland QB Shawn Petty threw touchdown passes of 33 and 41 yards to WR Kevin Dorsey for the bright spots in an otherwise long day for the Terps. Final score: Florida State 41, Maryland 14

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
Carolina and Maryland are meeting for the first time since 2008 in a series the Tar Heels lead 35-33-1. In 2008, Carolina let a late lead slip away as Maryland came back for a 17-15 Terps victory in rainy College Park. The last time Maryland visited Chapel Hill came in 2007 when the Tar Heels won 16-13. Carolina leads the series at Kenan Stadium, 17-11-1.Carolina is 5-1 at home this year and a win over Maryland would match UNC's 6-1 mark at home in 2011. The Tar Heels have never won 12 games at home over a two year stretch since Kenan Stadium was constructed in 1927. On four different occasions the Tar Heels have won 11 games in back-to-back home seasons, most recently accomplishing the feat in 1993 (6-1) and 1994 (5-1).

Maryland-North Carolina Notes
MD: The Terps have lost five straight after a rash of injuries has taken its toll on both sides of the ball. Ten Terrapins have been lost to season-ending injuries, all of them potential starters. Of the 10 starters lost, four are quarterbacks, leaving freshman Shawn Petty, a former linebacker, as the team's starter. Maryland has been without leading rusher Wes Brown and leading tackler Demetrius Hartsfield the past two weeks, both of whom suffered season-ending injuries. Combined with Perry Hills' season-ending injury in October, that meant the Terps were without their leading passer (Hills), rusher (Brown) and tackler (Hartsfield) the last three games of the year.

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 fourth in the country in tackles for losses with 8.1 per game. DE Kareem Martin (15.5) and LB Kevin Reddick (15.5) lead the team, followed by DT Sylvester Williams (12.5).

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


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