Terrapins try for 30 again
Eliminating turnovers has been a point of emphasis for Maryland, which had three critical giveaways in the West Virginia loss. The Terrapins have scored at least 30 points in their first two games for the first time since 1996. They have not begun a season with three 30-point games since 1951. The return of power back D.J. Adams from a one-game suspension has been a blessing; the sophomore has scored two or more touchdowns in four of his 10 games. While Temple ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense, the Owls have played one BCS conference team in three games. They also rank eighth nationally in averaging four sacks per game.
Temple looks to control tempo
In two games, Maryland’s defense has faced speedy Miami running back Lamar Miller and a pass-happy West Virginia offense that all but abandoned the run. With a power running game, Temple will look to control tempo with bruising junior back Bernard Pierce, who has rushed for 100 yards 11 times in his career. A two-time first-team all-MAC honoree, Pierce was hobbled by injuries last season. Senior Chester Stewart (DeMatha), a dual-threat quarterback, will start over junior Mike Gerardi. Expect both to play. The Owls are not going to beat the Terrapins through the air; they rank 107th in passing offense. Temple starts four senior offensive linemen and has a first-team all-MAC tight end in Evan Rodriguez. Maryland could start as many as three freshmen defensively.
Punt returns could be key
Maryland has punted just three times this season and has not allowed a return. Temple ranks eighth nationally in kickoff returns, and running back Matt Brown, a Baltimore native, ranks eighth in punt returns.
12:30 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. TV: WDCA-20, WJZ-13. Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WJZ (105.7 FM, 1300 AM), WFMD (930 AM), WTEM (980 AM), WPTX (1690 AM). Records: Terrapins 1-1; Owls 2-1.