October 23, 2007

Terps turn attention to Tigers

"Thunder and Lightning" are coming to town and the Thunder is already being heard in the Maryland locker room. On Monday, James Davis, the "Thunder" in Clemson's talented tailback tandem, "guaranteed" a Clemson win over the Terrapins in Saturday's 3:30 conference clash at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.

That forecast did not go unnoticed among the Terrapins, who are coming off a heart-breaking 18-17 home loss to Virginia that dropped them to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the ACC. The comments were of particular interest to one of the members of Maryland's ballyhooed backfield duo.

"(Davis) being a running back and them having a little one-two punch, I accept the challenge," said Terrapin tailback Keon Lattimore. "I'm going to step up to the plate. If he's talking like that, I know he's going to bring his 'A' game, and I'm just going to do what I do week-in and week-out (and) bring mine."

Lattimore and teammate Lance Ball enjoyed the meeting in Clemson last year. Despite being out-rushed by the more famous Tiger tailbacks, they helped Sam Hollenbach take the Terrapins on a late drive to cash in on a Dan Ennis field goal for a 13-12 victory, part of a pivotal Maryland five-game winning streak that got the Terps to a bowl game.

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