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Ten numbers that stand out from Maryland football's first six games

Maryland's football team is on a bye week before resuming play next week against Iowa.

At the midpoint of their regular season, the Terps are 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten.

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Here are 10 numbers that stand out from Maryland's first six games, five good ones and five not so good ones:

THE GOOD NUMBERS

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1 — Cornerback Will Likely is No. 1 in the Big Ten, averaging 22 yards per punt return. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs was No. 1 in the conference in kick return average heading into last week's game against Ohio State and is still tied for second in the conference in kick return average even after averaging just 12.7 yards per return against the Buckeyes.

8 — Maryland had eight plays that went for gains of 20 yards or more during its 37-15 win over Indiana Sept. 27, showing the explosive potential the Terps have on offense.

43 — Maryland has 43 tackles for a loss on defense, an average of more than seven per game.

62.5 — Opposing teams have scored on just 62.5 percent of their trips inside the Terps' red zone. Maryland's red zone defense is ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten.

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100 — Kicker Brad Craddock has converted 100 percent of his field goal attempts, one of just three kickers nationally yet to miss after 10 or more attempts.


THE BAD NUMBERS

3.5 — Maryland running backs are averaging just 3.5 yards per carry the past four games as the Terps' offensive line has had issues creating running lanes against Ohio State, Syracuse and West Virginia.

32.2 — Punter Nate Renfro has been inconsistent dating back to the spring and averaged just 32.2 yards per punt on his final five punts against Ohio State last week, which contributed to the Buckeyes consistently starting drives with favorable field position.

34 — The Terps continue to allow big plays in both the running game and the passing game and have been exploited for 34 plays of 19 yards or more during the last four games. Maryland's defense allowed 10 against Ohio State, 12 against Syracuse and nine against West Virginia. Eleven of those plays went for gains of 34 yards or more, including one against Indiana, during an otherwise good game for the Terps' defense.

57.5 — Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown is completing just 57.5 percent of his pass attempts.

537 — The Terps' defense is allowing an average of 537 yards per game during the past four games. For the season, Maryland is allowing 451.2 yards per game, which is second-most in the Big Ten.

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