Maryland-FIU: Terrapins Look to Build on Villanova Win

Aaron SchwartzCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2007

Icon After an impressive 31-14 Week One win against Villanova, the Maryland Terrapins take on Florida International this weekend.

FIU is coming off a 59-0 loss to Penn State, in which the team managed just -3 total rushing yards. Wayne Younger, the FIU quarterback, went 12-25 for a scant 117 yards on the day, but did manage to avoid throwing an interception. 

Defensively, FIU surrendered a whopping 236 yards and five TDs on the ground to the PSU offense, plus another 313 yards and three more scores through the air. 

That said, don't expect quite the same production out of Maryland on Saturday.

Against Villanova, the Terps' passing game was something of a disappointment. Chris Turner threw only six passes—two of which were intercepted. Jordan Steffy looked better, going 19-24 for 174 yards and an interception.

Steffy proved to be very efficient in a starting role—but he still needs to work on his timing, and his decision-making, like that of all new starters, must improve.

The Maryland running game, meanwhile, was a bright spot in the win—the Terps ran for 221 yards and four touchdowns. Keon Lattimore led the way with 101 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, and Steffy notched eight carries for 47 yards and a score as an effective scrambler

Kicker Obi Egekeze looked confident after drilling a 42-yard field goal through the uprights and going 4-4 on extra points.

On defense, the Terps held Villanova to 11 total rushing yards, and limited QB Antwon Young to 176 yards and one score. All told, the D seemed to mesh well together, and look to be in top form to start the season.

Florida International and Maryland had very different opening weeks against very different opponents, but the results shouldn't be tossed aside. With Maryland's strong run defense matched against a clearly weak run offense, the odds seem to favor the Terps. If Marlyand can pound it on the ground with Lattimore and Ball, they should be able to enjoy the same success Penn State did a week ago.

My prediction: Maryland 42, Florida International 10.

Tune in to ESPN 360 or your local station for Maryland at Florida International from the Orange Bowl in Miami on Saturday night at 7:05 P.M. Eastern.