Week 5 of the college football season has come and gone. By now you guys know the drill, so let's get down to it.
Maryland got a couple of strong defensive performances from players with local ties in its 24-21 upset victory over visiting Clemson on Saturday. Jamari McCollough (Randallstown) returned to his starting spot at strong safety and came up big, intercepting Tigers quarterback Kyle Parker in the end zone with 31 seconds left in the first half. Clemson had driven into the red zone, and McCollough's pick allowed the Terps to preserve a 17-13 halftime lead. The senior also assisted on a tackle.
Starting nose tackle A.J. Francis continues to look stout against the run. The redshirt freshman, a Severn native, made two solo tackles and assisted on two others. His standout plays included stopping Clemson running back Andre Ellington after a gain of just 1 yard on a first-and-10 rush in the second quarter and teaming up with linebacker Alex Wujciak to hold speedy running back C.J. Spiller to a gain of 2 on first-and-10 on the Tigers' first offensive play of the second half. Francis also broke up a pass in the first quarter.
Maryland wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) was involved in two notable plays, though only one was a positive for the Terps. The junior took a backward pass from quarterback Chris Turner in the third quarter and looked to pass it himself, but he was sacked for a loss of 12 yards before he could find anyone open. Williams did make a 10-yard reception that resulted in a first down in the third quarter.
If you tuned in Thursday night for West Virginia's nationally televised meeting with visiting Colorado, you might have seen a couple of familiar faces. Three-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year Tavon Austin (Dunbar) got just three touches in the Mountaineers' 34-20 victory over the Buffaloes, but he showed his versatility. The freshman had one rush, one reception and one kickoff return. His 9-yard catch on West Virginia's second offensive play of the second half came on a drive that resulted in a touchdown that put the Mountaineers ahead 21-10. He carried the ball for a gain of 4 yards on first-and-10 on West Virginia's next possession and also returned a kickoff for 19 yards. Additionally, he was the target of a pass on a first-and-10 play in the third quarter, but the throw was incomplete.
Freshman defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) assisted on two tackles on kickoff coverage for the Mountaineers, including on the game's opening kickoff.
Buffalo is struggling this season, and the Bulls fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the Mid-American Conference with a 20-13 home loss to Central Michigan on Saturday. They would probably be in even worse shape, however, without senior Mike Newton (Calvert Hall) coming up to help make tackles. The starting free safety made four stops (three solo, one assist) against the Chippewas. Fellow senior and Calvert Hall grad Dane Robinson made his first start of the season for Buffalo. The defensive tackle assisted on two tackles and made one solo stop, taking down quarterback Dan LeFevour for no gain on third-and-1 in the second quarter, forcing Central Michigan to punt.
Former River Hill standouts Leron Eaddy, a freshman defensive back, and Malek Redd, a freshman running back, did not play for the Chippewas in the victory.
Linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) made an impact in host Wake Forest's 30-24 win over North Carolina State. The redshirt freshman made three tackles (two solo, one assist), including a sack of Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson for a loss of 5 yards in the fourth quarter.
Wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) started for Syracuse in the Orange's 34-20 defeat at the hands of visiting South Florida. The freshman made three catches for a total of 15 yards, his longest a 10-yard gain on second-and-7 during a second-quarter drive that ended with a field goal that pulled Syracuse within 7-6. Lemon also made a 5-yard grab on third-and-3 during a touchdown drive in the third quarter. He also got the chance to turn into a defensive player, making a solo tackle after Orange quarterback Greg Paulus was intercepted by Bulls safety Nate Allen in the first quarter. Senior tight end Andrew Robinson (Calvert Hall) did not record any statistics in the loss.
Starting weak-side linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) recorded three solo tackles in North Carolina's 16-3 home loss to Virginia. The sophomore stopped Cavaliers running back Mikell Simpson after a 2-yard gain on a first-and-10 play in the fourth quarter and also tackled Simpson on the next play, a 5-yard rush. Virginia junior running back Raynard Horne (Overlea) played on punt coverage, assisting on a tackle in the fourth quarter.
Freshman slotback Lonnie Liggins (Hereford) saw a little red-zone action in Army's 17-16 loss to visiting Tulane, rushing for 1 yard on first-and-10 from the Green Wave 19-yard line in the second quarter. Black Knights junior linebacker Jacob Bohn (Mount St. Joseph) played but didn't record any statistics.
Three former Baltimore-area players contributed in Temple's 24-12 road victory over Eastern Michigan. Junior defensive back Kwame Johnson (Parkville) assisted on a tackle in the second quarter, and sophomore offensive linemen Pat and Sean Boyle, both Calvert Hall grads, got onto the field as well.
Duke's Sheldon Bell (City) showed up only once in the stat book in the host Blue Devils' 34-26 loss to Virginia Tech, and he probably wishes he hadn't. The junior wide-out was called for a holding penalty on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter.
Senior quarterback Greg Zingler (Severna Park) played in Navy's 16-13 overtime win over Air Force in Annapolis but recorded no statistics.
Ditto for freshman linebacker Horace Miller (Dunbar) in Louisville's 35-10 home loss to Pittsburgh on Friday.
An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated LaQuan Williams' high school affiliation. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.