Smith, Ferrara Continue to Shine
The developments in the final six minutes of Saturday’s game overshadowed everything else, but there are a few other things to point out from Maryland’s victory:
On his first kickoff return Saturday, Torrey Smith became the first division I-A player to reach 1,000 all-purpose yards this season. Where would Maryland be without Smith, who has 1,153 all-purpose yards so far this season?
Coach Ralph Friedgen said true freshman Nick Ferrara did an incredible job filling in for all-ACC punter Travis Baltz, who is out with a high ankle sprain. Ferrara’s 61-yard punt in the first quarter was Maryland’s longest punt since Baltz had a 65-yarder in 2007. Ferrara averaged 43.2 yards on eight punts and placed three punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He also made a 43-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Tony Logan took a punt 43 yards to the Clemson 1, setting up a one-yard score by running back Davin Meggett. It was the longest punt return since Danny Oquendo’s 45-yarder against Florida State on Oct. 28, 2006.
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