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Terps notebook: Maryland expects 50K fans for game vs. West Virginia

Maryland said Thursday that about 46,000 tickets have been sold so far for the Sept. 21 game against West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium.

Maryland expects a crowd of more than 50,000.

A 2010 game between Maryland and Navy — the last time the Terps played at the Ravens’ stadium — had an announced crowd of 69,348. That season-opening game, won 17-14 by the Terps, was a rivalry contest billed as the “Crab Bowl.”

Maryland said ticket sales for the matchup with West Virginia have picked up since the game time — 3:30 p.m. — was announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday.

The Terps have lost the last seven games against West Virginia.

Goins capitalizes on chances

With junior Tyler Cierski out for an undetermined period with a calf injury, fullback Kenneth Goins (Gilman) is taking advantage of his playing time.

Goins, a redshirt freshman, has two carries for 17 yards and one reception for a 17-yard touchdown.

“I think Kenny is getting a lot better,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Thursday. “He’s blocking better, he’s using his hands more — he’s athletic. I just see a kid playing with a lot of confidence. He makes us more versatile and more multiple because of what he can do.”

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