Scouting report: Wake Forest at Maryland

Wake Forest (2-5, 1-3 ACC) at Maryland (5-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Site: Byrd Stadium

Television: ESPNU

Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Series: Maryland leads 41-16-1

Last meeting: Wake Forest def. Maryland, 42-32, on Oct. 10 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Maryland offense vs. Wake Forest defense: The Terps (44 and 43 rushing yards, respectively, the last two games) will try to improve run production against a Wake defense that is 11th in the ACC, surrendering 211 rushing yards per game. The Demon Deacons have lost five games in a row (Stanford, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Navy, Virginia Tech). Maryland is expected to use the same reconfigured offensive line it did in a 24-21 victory over Boston College after tackle Pete DeSouza was lost for the season following a motor-scooter accident.

Wake Forest offense vs. Maryland defense: Demon Deacons, coming off their bye week, are led by RB Josh Harris, who is averaging 71.7 yards per game. Harris had 241 rushing yards against Virginia Tech, the most ever allowed by the Hokies. "He rips off an 87-yarder pulling away from everybody from Tech," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. "Then he had a 58-yarder and another 30-something yarder. So this guy is pretty good." Wake starts a true freshman at quarterback, Tanner Price. Price has completed 53.6 percent of his passes with six touchdown passes and three interceptions. The Terps — who trail just Florida State in the ACC in total defense (conference games only) — are expected to load up on the blitzes as usual.

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