Temple Football Travels to Maryland This Week
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Temple Football Travels to Maryland This Week

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Temple travels to Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 24 for a game at Capital One field at Bryd Stadium. The ACC Network will televise the game live nationally, beginning with the pregame show at Noon. Kickoff is set for 12:29 p.m. The television broadcast will also air on ESPN3.com and ESPN Game Plan (locally on NBC Philadelphia Non-Stop— Comcast channel 248, Fios 460 and over-the-air at 10.2).

Calling the action for the ACC Network are Steve Martin(pbp), Dave Archer (analyst), and Scott Przywansky (sidelines). The Owls' radio broadcast will air on WIP 610 AM with Harry Donahue calling the play-by-play and Steve Joachim providing color analysis.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Steve Addazio, Temple stands 2-1 overall and 1-0 in MAC play after a 14-10 loss to Penn State. The 2011 Temple squad returns 46 lettermen, including 13 starters. The Owls utilize a multiple offense and a 4-3 defense.

Junior RB Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, Pa.) leads all rushers with 347 yards and seven touchdowns on 55 carries. Senior TE Evan Rodriguez (North Bergen, N.J.) is the top receiver with 119 yards on 11 receptions. Junior QB Mike Gerardi (Parsippany, N.J.) is 30-of-59 for 423 yards and three touchdowns. Senior LB Stephen Johnson (Norristown, Pa.) leads the defense with 18 tackles.

In the national rankings, Temple ranks among the nation's Top 25 in nine categories, including No. 4 in scoring defense (8.00), No. 8 in kickoff returns (30.71), No. 8 in sacks (4.00), and No. 11 in punt returns (16.00). Individually, senior S Kevin Kroboth (Nazareth, Pa.) is No. 8 in interceptions (0.67), junior RB Matt Brown (Baltimore, Md.) is No. 8 in punt returns (17.50), and senior LB Tahir Whitehead (Newark, N.J.) is No. 9 in tackles for loss (2.00).

Maryland, under the guidance of first-year head coach Randy Edsall, is 1-1 following a 37-31 loss to West Virginia. The Terrapins return 14 starters to their multiple offense and 4-3 defense.

Maryland leads the nation in sacks allowed with 0.00. The Terps are No. 6 in net punting (43.00), No. 11 in turnover margin (1.50), No. 15 in passing offense (318.50), and No. 17 in total offense (488.00). Junior PK Nick Ferrara is No. 3 in field goals (2.50), while sophomore QB Danny O'Brien is No. 7 in total offense (337.00).

Senior RB Davin Meggett is the Terps' top rusher with 205 yards and a touchdown on 40 carries. Junior WR Kevin Dorsey has 17 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore QB Danny O'Brien is 65-of-96 for 637 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore DB Matt Robinson leads all defenders with 23 tackles.

Saturday's meeting marks the first contest of a four-game series between Temple and Maryland with two games scheduled at Byrd Stadium (Sept. 24, 2011; Sept. 7, 2013) and two games slated at Lincoln Financial Field (Sept. 8, 2012; Sept. 20, 2014).

While the Owls and Terrapins have not played since 2005, Temple has faced head coach Randy Edsall recently. Last year at Lincoln Financial Field, the Owls claimed a 30-16 win over the Edsall-coached Connecticut Huskies. It marked the Owls' first win over a BCS school since a 34-24 victory over Syracuse in 2004.

Temple running backs coach Tyree Foreman was an undergrad at the University of Virginia (1997-01) when Maryland RB coach Andre Powell served as the running backs/wide receivers coach.

Temple inside linebackers coach Sean McGowan served as the defensive coordinator at Duquesne University in 2002 under head Greg Gattuso, now the Maryland defensive line coach.

Temple's director of operations Ed Foley was the offensive coordinator at Fordham in 1999 with Maryland's special teams/OLB coach Lyndon Johnson, who was the Rams' defensive line coach.

Temple has nine players on its roster from Maryland— twins OL senior Pat and junior Sean Boyle (Towson, Md.), junior RB Matt Brown (Baltimore, Md.), redshirt freshman DB Brian Burns (Bowie, Md.), freshman RB Hassan Dixon (Germantown, Md.), sophomore LB Gary Onuekwusi (Baltimore, Md.), senior OL Jeremy Schonbrunner (Salisbury, Md.), senior QB Chester Stewart (Hanover, Md.), and freshman LB Desmond Williams (Hyattsville, Md.). Junior WR C.J. Hammond hails from Washington, D.C.

Maryland has four players from Pennsylvania but none from the Philadelphia area.

Saturday's game is the seventh meeting between the Owls and the Terrapins. Maryland has won the six prior meetings. The teams met for four consecutive seasons from 1997-2000 as UM earned three of its four victories by a touchdown or less.

In 2004, the Terps defeated the Owls, 45-22, in an evening contest at Byrd Stadium.

During their last outing in 2005 at Lincoln Financial Field, Maryland claimed a 38-7 win. The Owls' Umar Ferguson scored the game's first touchdown in the first quarter. The Terrapins responded with 38 unanswered points.

Temple all-time vs. Maryland: 0-6
Temple in games at Temple: 0-3
Temple in games at Maryland: 0-3
Temple in games at a neutral site: 0-0
First meeting in series: 1997 at Franklin Field, L, 21-24
Last meeting in series: 2005 at Lincoln Financial Field, L, 7-38

Temple Owls
Rushing: Stacey Mack, 23-90, 2 TDs (1997)
Passing: Devin Scott, 24-34-336 (2000)
Receiving: Sean Dillard, 7-121 (2000)

Maryland Terrapins
Rushing: LaMont Jordan, 22-138, 2 TDs (1998)
Passing: Joel Statham, 18-25-268, 2 TDs (2004)
Receiving: Derrick Fenner, 4-70, 1 TD (2004)

Year Site Result Temple Coach Maryland Coach
1997 Franklin Field L, 21-24 Ron Dickerson Ron Vanderlinden
1998 Byrd Stadium L, 20-30 Bobby Wallace Ron Vanderlinden
1999 Franklin Field L, 0-6 Bobby Wallace Ron Vanderlinden
2000 Byrd Stadium L, 10-17 Bobby Wallace Ron Vanderlinden
2004 Byrd Stadium L, 22-45 Bobby Wallace Ralph Friedgen
2005 Lincoln Financial Field L, 7-38 Bobby Wallace Ralph Friedgen

• Seven of Temple's 2011 opponents— Villanova (FCS semifinal), Penn State (Outback Bowl), Maryland (Military Bowl), Toledo (Little Caesar's Bowl), Ohio (R+L Carriers Bowl), Miami (GoDaddy.com Bowl), and Army (Armed Forces Bowl)— participated in postseason play.

• Since joining the MAC in 2007, the Owls own the league's best home record for MAC games at 13-3.

• “We battled. Our whole team played gritty and tough. We said we were going to be a tough football team; we're a tough football team. There's no quit in this football team. We just can't turn the ball over simple as that.”
— Steve Addazio following the Penn State game

Temple returns home to host Toledo on Saturday, Oct. 1 for its annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. Kickoff is set for Noon. ESPN Plus (shown locally on 6ABC) will televise the game.

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