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From staff reportsOctober 16, 2012 

N.C. State (4-2, 1-1 ACC) at Maryland (4-2 , 2-0)

Last time out: beat Virginia, 27-20

Name to Know: WR Stefon Diggs

The star freshman receiver has lived up to his recruiting billing and added a much-needed dose of speed to Maryland’s offense and hope to the program.

Diggs had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Saturday’s win over Virginia and caught four passes for 89 yards. He has had a pair of 100-yard receiving games and leads the Terrapins with 21 catches for 453 yards and four total touchdowns.

Bottom line: Coming off a 2-10 disaster, less than nothing was expected of Maryland in Randy Edsall’s second season. Down 6-0 late in the season opener to William & Mary, this season was almost derailed before it started, but the Terrapins pulled out a 7-6 win and have beaten Temple, Wake Forest and Virginia since.

Joe Giglio

Wake Forest (3-3, 1-3 ACC) vs. Virginia (2-5, 0-3)

Last time out: The Cavaliers held Maryland to minus-2 yards rushing and rallied from a 17-point deficit in the first quarter to make a game of it, but wound up losing to the Terrapins 27-20. It was Virginia’s fifth consecutive loss after opening the season 2-0.

Name to know: Sophomore running back Kevin Parks is already in the Cavaliers’ record books, but didn’t make his first career start until last week. The 5-8, 200-pound Salisbury native, who set a Virginia record for rushing touchdowns (nine) as a freshman, put up a career-best 129 yards against Maryland.

For the season, Parks leads Virginia in rushing (475 yards, or 5.1 yards per carry), is second in all-purpose yards (617) and is tied for second in touchdowns (three).

Bottom line: The Cavaliers have one of the better defensive squads in the ACC (fourth in the league), but they haven’t forced many turnovers (four). Meanwhile, Virginia’s offense has been a turnover machine (a league-worst 17, including 11 interceptions). That trend has to be reversed if the Cavaliers want to snap their losing streak.

Bill Kiser

East Carolina (4-3, 3-1 C-USA) vs. UAB (1-5, 0-2)

Last time out: UAB fell 39-17 to Houston as it allowed 23 unanswered points to start the second half.

Name to know: Marvin Burdette. The Blazers’ senior middle linebacker has an extraordinary nose for the ball as he racked up 17.5 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss in their loss to Houston. The 5-11, 230-pound Burdette is a four-year starter for UAB and heads into Saturday’s matchup with East Carolina as the school’s third all-time leading tackler with 312 career stops. On the season, Burdette is averaging 10.5 tackles per game which ranks 11th in the nation.

Bottom line: East Carolina’s offense took a big step in the right direction during Saturday’s 41-7 victory over Memphis as QB Shane Carden threw for 308 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Pirates have yet to win back-to-back games this season, but if the offense can build on what it did against the Tigers, then ECU should be able to put an end to that trend this Saturday.

Brian Haines

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