Inside the numbers: Maryland

Posted: September 2, 2014 in Football

Time to break down the numbers and see what kind of team the Bulls will be dealing with when Maryland comes to town (game begins at 3:30 PM, so pack the sun screen). Maryland is another spread offense that has a mobile quarterback, something the Bulls will have to be prepared for. On defense, the Terrapins have a stout secondary in their base 3-4 look, but can be run on. Check out the rest of the numbers. 

Offense

Last season the Terrapins averaged 26.2 points per game (340 total points). They scored 52 against James Madiso in their opener. They had 246 first downs, gaining 97 on the ground and 130 through the air. They had 1929 rushing yards total during the season on a combined 476 carries, averaging 4.1 yards per run. They averaged 148.4 yards per game on the ground and scored a total of 18 touchdowns. In their win over James Madison, they ran for 285 total yards. Maryland had 3231 yards total passing past year on 230 completions (415 attempts) and had 18 touchdowns to 10 total interceptions. Maryland quarterbacks averaged 7.8 yards per pass attempt and receivers averaged 14 yards per reception. They averaged 248 yards per game. In the win over JMU, Maryland had 186 yards passing and recorded 2 touchdowns. The Terrapins didn’t need their passing offense in their win over JMU. However, for the USF secondary that surrendered 374 yards to Western Carolina on short throws (nothing over 16 yards on one completion), they will have to do a much better job to stop a much more lethal offense. Overall, Maryland averaged 5.8 yards per play last year and 396.9 yards total per game.

Defense

On defense, the Terrapins allowed 329 points last year, averaging 25.3 PPG. They allowed 254 first downs, including 104 on the ground and 137 through the air. They allowed just 7 points against James Madison in the opening win. They allowed 1941 rushing yards during the year on 522 carries (against their 3-4 defense), averaging 3.7 yards per carry and 149.3 yards total per game (allowed 20 touchdowns on the ground). They allowed 161 yards rushing to James Madison. This is something the USF running attack has to take advantage of. Marlon Mack will get his carries but be prepared to see the other backs rotating in, including Darius Tice (if healthy). Maryland allowed 2926 yards passing last year on 269 completions out of 435 attempts (had 11 interceptions as a team). They allowed 6.7 yards per attempt and 10.9 yards per completion, allowing 225.1 yards total per game (gave up 18 passing touchdowns). They allowed 142 yards against James Madison and had two interceptions. USF had just 186 yards passing and one interception in the opening win. Mike White and the receiving corps will be facing a much tougher challenge in this game with bigger corners and safeties on the field. Overall, they allowed 374.4 yards per game against them and an average of 5.1 yards per play.

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