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Dangerous Terrapins visit Columbus to take on #3 Ohio State

Maryland (3-6, 1-5) at #1 Ohio State (8-0, 5-0)

November 9, 2019 || Ohio Stadium || 12:05 pm EDT

 

The Maryland football team will play its third consecutive ranked opponent on Saturday when the Terps travel to No. 1 Ohio State. The contest is set for a noon kick and will be broadcast on FOX and the Maryland Sports Radio Network.

THIS WEEKEND’S STORYLINES

1. With a WR DJ Turner 40-yard punt return touchdown in Week One vs. Howard and two RB Javon Leake kickoff return touchdowns (100 yards at Rutgers & 97 yards vs. #14 Michigan), Maryland is one of only two power five teams (UCLA) with both a kickoff and punt return touchdown this season. Maryland leads the Big Ten in punt return average (13.50)  and is second in kick return average (25.33), standing top-20 in the country in both categories.

2. RB Javon Leake has starred on special teams in his career, currently standing tied with WR Torrey Smith (’10) for the most kick return touchdowns in Maryland history with three. Last week vs. #14 Michigan, Leake returned a kick 97 yards to the house, his second of the season, also tying the Maryland record with four other players Torrey Smith (’09), Richard Jennings (’75), Dennis Condie (’60) & Stefon Diggs (’12) and giving him a hold of the FBS lead with three other players. The 97-yard house call gave Leake 1,228 kick return yards in his career, passing former teammate Ty Johnson (’18) for seventh-place all-time in program history. Leake only needs 32 yards to pass Steve Suter (’04) and move to sixth-place. The junior is averaging 29.8 yards per return this season, the seventh-best average in the country and best in the Big Ten.

3. Maryland RBs Javon Leake and Anthony McFarland Jr. both have seven rushing touchdowns this season, making the Terps one of only three teams in the country (Central Michigan, Fresno State, Louisiana, Navy & Ohio) and the only power five team to have two running backs with seven TDs this season. It is the first time the Terps have had a RB pair both have seven touchdowns in a season since Keon Lattimore had 13 and Lance Ball had 12 in 2007.

4. The Terps have been explosive on offense this season, tallying 12 rushes of over 30 yards, tied for the ninth-highest total in the country and second most in the Big Ten. In addition, five of those 12 explosive plays have gone for 50-plus yards, the fifth-most in the nation, trailing only Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Georgia Southern & Memphis. Maryland has scored on five of these big play rushes, three from RB Javon Leake (64 vs. Syracuse, 42 at Rutgers & 60 vs. Indiana), one from RB Anthony McFarland Jr. (80 at Rutgers ) and one from QB Tyrrell Pigrome (61 at Purdue).

5. S Antoine Brooks Jr. has totaled 52 solo tackles this year, the most per game in the Big Ten and the 13th highest total in the country. Brooks has at least five solo tackles in seven of nine games this season and tallied a career-best 13, all solo, at Temple (9/14). Last week vs. #14 Michigan, Brooks tied his career-high with two tackles for loss.

6. Last season vs. then No. 9 Ohio State, RB Anthony McFarland Jr. rewrote the record books, rushing for 298 yards in the game, the second most in program history (LaMont Jordan, 306 yards) McFarland busted touchdown runs of 81 and 75 yards in the first quarter and averaged 14.2 yards per carry in the game. His 175 yards in the first quarter were the most by any player in the FBS in the first quarter throughout the entire season. The 298 yard performance was McFarland’s second-straight game with 200 yards en route to breaking the freshmen rushing record with 1,034 yards.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MARYLAND SPORTS INFORMATION

 

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