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October 2, 2012

Maryland - WFU capsule

Game Day
Line: Maryland favored by 5 1/2
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: College Park, Md - Byrd Stadium (54,000)
TV: ESPNU (Watch Online)
Announcers: Anish Shrof (play-by-play) & Dan Hawkins (color analyst)
Radio: Wake Forest Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 112, XM 190)
Announcers: Stan Cotten (play-by-play), Dave Goren (color analyst) & Michael Hoag (sideline)
Weather: College Park Forecast

Maryland At A Glance
Location: College Park, Maryland
Nickname: Terrapins
Colors: Red, White, Black & Gold
Conference: ACC
Stadium: Byrd Stadium (54,000)
Surface: Natural Grass
2011 Record: 2-10 (1-7)
2012 Record: 2-2 (0-0)
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Last Game
Maryland: Maryland is coming off of a bye week. The Terps lost 31-21 at then No. 8 West Virginia on September 22.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons are coming off of a 34-27 loss to Duke. The worst part of the loss to the Blue Devils was the loss of the ACC's leading receiver Michael Campanaro due to a hand injury. In Campanaro's absence, senior Terence Davis caught a career-high six passes for a career-high 100 yards.

Maryland-Wake Forest Series
The Demon Deacons have won four of the last six meetings with Maryland but its last two trips to College Park have been nightmares. A ranked Wake Forest squad was shutout 26-0 in 2008 and then was trounced 62-14 in 2010. The Deacons became bowl eligible last season with a 31-10 victory over the Terps at BB&T Field. Maryland leads the overall series 42-17-1 and has a 21-8 advantage in College Park.

Top 25 Rankings
Maryland: AP: NR USA Today: NR
Wake Forest: AP: NR USA Today: NR

Coaches
Maryland: Randy Edsall (4-12 at MD; 78-82 Overall)
Wake Forest: Jim Grobe (71-69 at WFU; 104-102-1 Overall)

Maryland-Wake Forest Notes
MD: The Terps are coming off their bye week and are expected to be mostly healthy after battling injuries throughout the season's first four games. Those injuries have played a part in Maryland seeing 12 true freshmen take to the field, which ranks as the ninth most in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

MD: The Terps rank eighth nationally in total defense (261.25 ypg), 11th in rushing defense (83.5 ypg) and 18th in passing defense (177.75 ypg). Maryland has been very tough against the run with an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield.

MD: WR Stefon Diggs has been a multi-faceted play-maker in the return game and as a receiver - he ranks second in the ACC and 16th nationally in all-purpose yards (160.5 ypg) and has a team-high 64.8 receiving yards per game which ranks ninth in the conference. Against then-No. 8 West Virginia two weeks ago, Diggs tallied 201 all-purpose yards including a team-high 113 receiving yards on three receptions. He had touchdown catches of 42 and 56 yards and was honored as the ACC Rookie of the Week.

MD: Perry Hills, who is just the third true freshman quarterback to start for Maryland in school history (Randall Jones in 1998; Latrez Harrison in 1999), had his best collegiate game against the Mountaineers. He finished 20 of 29 for 305 yards and three touchdowns, all season highs. Despite his youth, Hills has capably directed the offense and has been at his best in the fourth quarter. He led Maryland on the game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter of the season opener against William & Mary, and on the season is 15 of 23 for 270 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the final stanza.

MD: Randy Edsall has a 3-1 record vs. Wake Forest, having gone 2-1 vs. the Deacs while coaching at Connecticut. Edsall led the Huskies to a 51-17 win at BB&T Field in 2003. The return game of that series was a 24-13 Wake Forest win at home in 2006. The Deacons met Edsall's Huskies in the 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl and scored a 24-10 win. The last meeting was Wake Forest's 31-10 home victory last season.

WFU: Fullback Tommy Bohanon had a career day receiving against Duke, finishing with a pair of touchdown grabs and a career-high 41 yards receiving.

WFU: Defensively, juniors Mike Olson and Justin Jackson each had career-highs in tackles.Olson recorded a game-high 13 stops, including one tackle for loss while Jackson posted 12 tackles and his team-leading third sack.

WFU: Wake Forest lost more than the game to Duke on Sept. 29, it also lost its leading receiver Michael Campanaro to a hand injury. At the time of his injury, he was leading the ACC with 38 receptions and was also second in the country in receptions.

Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Maryland & Wake Forest Athletic Communications



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