Clashing of The Up and Coming: Maryland Terrapins vs. N.C. State Wolfpack
Coach Randy Edsall and company are coming off a 27-20 win over Virginia where freshman quarterback, Perry Hills, had the second best game of his young career. Going 14 for 26, 237 yards, 1 touchdown, and a rushing touchdown. Sat, Oct. 20, 3:30 p.m on ESPNU at Byrd Stadium the Maryland Terps (4-2,2-0 ACC) and N.C State Wolfpack (4-2,1-1 ACC) face off in a divisional battle that’ll be pivotal for both teams moving forward.
Maryland lost in their last clashing between the Wolfpack in a 56-41 affair, and are keenly aware of what’s to be done to stop that from happening this year. First and foremost, Maryland is lead by two-headed monsters in Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, who have been stellar all season. Defensively, they’re known to put opposing offenses in bad situations, from bad situations come bad decisions, bad decisions usually end in turnovers. Defensive coordinator, Todd Bradford, knows this well putting defenders in the right positions to make plays all season.
Offensively the Terps are lead by Perry Hills. Although, Hills has had a few freshman mistakes this season he has also been exceptionally improving week in and week out. This week he’s going against the scrutinized secondary of the Wolfpack, and is looking to capitalize with his explosive counterpart Stefon Diggs and Marcus Leak. Diggs, is a freshman who’s surprisingly not scared of the moment or making big plays at receiver and special teams, a combination that makes him a major problem.
The fact that N.C. State’s defense places last in passing helps tremendously to a young offense such as Marylands’. Ultimately, the game will come down to the defense and its ability to frustrate Mike Glennon and his passing attack. Putting pressure on the 6’6 Glennon with limited moving ability is number one on the to-do list followed by no turnovers, and special team play for the third win in divisional play.