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Five in­ter­cep­tions fig­ure promi­nently in Mary­land’s romp against Rut­gers

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COL­LEGE PARK – In­terim Mary­land coach Matt Canada of­ten says he doesn’t care much for stats. As he said go­ing into Satur­day’s home­com­ing game against Rut­gers, “Stats are for losers.” Ex­cept for when his team is the win­ner. Even Canada con­ceded af­ter the Terps blew out the Scar­let Knights, 34-7, be­fore an an­nounced crowd of 32,995 at Mary­land Sta­dium that he didn’t mind his team’s de­fen­sive stats that com­ple­mented the of­fense he was hired to run.

On top of se­nior run­ning back Ty John­son’s 132 rush­ing yards — in­clud­ing a 65-yard touch­down run — and red­shirt fresh­man quar­ter­back Kasim Hill’s three touch­down passes were the de­fense’s five in­ter­cep­tions that in­spired Canada most.

Canada, who last week re­ferred to him­self as a “cheer­leader” for the de­fense, said he didn’t know the de­fense had five picks — Mary­land’s most in a sin­gle game since a seven-in­ter­cep­tion show­ing against Duke in 1998 — un­til he came off the field af­ter the game.

“They were around the foot­ball. When you’re around the foot­ball, good things hap­pen,” Canada said. “We had a cou­ple of de­flec­tions. … That’s great de­fense, but it’s great team foot­ball. Re­ally, re­ally proud how hard our guys are play­ing and our de­fense is do­ing a great job. They played re­ally well See TERPS, page 9

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