"If you're passing better, you can get the linebackers out of the box and you can run the ball a little better," wide receiver Kevin Dorsey said. "[And] if you run the ball effectively, your play-action passes work a little more."
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Maryland (1-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Temple (1-0, 0-0 Big East)
Site: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM
Series: Maryland leads, 6-1
Last meeting: Temple beat Maryland, 38-7, on Sept. 24, 2011 at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland offense vs. Temple defense: The keys for Maryland and true freshman quarterback Perry Hills will be to reduce the number of turnovers (four last week against William and Mary) and improve the running game to take pressure off Hills. Hills was intercepted three times and missed a couple scoring opportunities — one on an overthrow and another when he failed to spot an open Kevin Dorsey in the end zone. Sophomore tailback Justus Pickett (45 yards last week) gets the start over freshman Albert Reid. Freshman Wes Brown could get the first carries of his college career. Temple lost 22 seniors from last season, and the defense was hit hard. The Owls played six true freshmen in win over Villanova — half of them linebackers.
Maryland defense vs. Temple offense: Two previously injured Maryland linemen – Keith Bowers (knee) and Isaiah Ross (hamstring) — return to a Maryland defense that didn't give up a touchdown in the season opener. The Terps will be wary of Owls senior running back Matt Brown, who started his high school career in Baltimore before ending up at Peddie School in New Jersey. He had 145 yards on 19 carries in the opener. Temple running back Montel Harris, the dangerous Boston College transfer, is day-to-day with a sore hamstring. "We're trying to keep an update of his status," Maryland defense coordinator Brian Stewart said.