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Tech hopes to shell out punishment against Terrapins The No. 20 Virginia Tech Hokies hope to start their first winning streak in almost a month Saturday when they head to College Park to face the University of Maryland Terrapins. After dropping two straight games to conference foes Georgia Tech and North Carolina, the Hokies finally got back on track last weekend with a solid 16 3 victory over East Carolina University. "It's been a tough couple of weeks here," said Hokies head coach Frank Beamer. "I use the word relentless, and that's exactly how I described this football team. They were relentless. They just kept coming back and coming back and fighting their way through it." This week, the Hokies take on a Terrapins team that has been everything but relentless this season. Maryland is 2 7 overall and 1 4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play this year. During their 38 31 loss to North Carolina State last weekend, the Terps suffered another loss on top of the one noted in the final score. Midway through its game against the Wolfpack, Maryland's starting quarterback Chris Turner suffered a knee injury that took him out of the game for good. After the game, Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen was unsure of when or if he would return this season, but he did know Turner wouldn't be able to go Saturday. "I think it's his MCL," Friedgen said. "We're not sure yet how severe it is. He possibly could be done for a couple weeks, just depends on how severe it is." With Turner out Saturday, sophomore Jamarr Robinson will get his first start behind center for the Terrapins. Robinson completed five of 11 passes for 27 yards and also ran for a team high 38 yards on nine carries last week after Turner went down. "I thought Jamarr got better as the game went on," Friedgen said. "He'll definitely play." With a dual threat quarterback added to its system, Maryland will surely give nike youth soccer cleats Tech some looks no team has seen from the Terps this year. "Overall, I thought he made some plays," Friedgen said. "He gives us some mobility, which is good." The Hokies defense will need to be prepared for a new look Terrapins offense, but if last week's performance says anything, the Hokies will come ready. Against ECU, the Hokies allowed just nike 24 277 total yards and forced three turnovers. Tech's defense performed much more like the unit that earlier in the season held Miami to seven points than the unit that got blasted by Georgia Tech for 28 points and 307 yards on the ground four weeks ago. "We played together and put the pieces together," said Tech cornerback Rashad Carmichael. "We didn't change anything. The Tech defense didn't go anywhere. We stuck to the plan and executed it. That's the difference." Another facet of the Hokies that got back on track last Thursday was their running game. Redshirt freshman running back Ryan Williams put up big numbers against ECU on his way to eclipsing the 1,100 yard rushing mark, gaining 179 yards on the ground against the Pirates. Williams, who was clearly discouraged following Tech's loss to North Carolina after he fumbled the ball late in the game against the Tar Heels to give them nike c shoes their shot at the win, was glad to get back on track. "That fumble did something to me mentally last week," Williams said. "I think the only person that was going to be able to overcome what happened last week was myself. "I realized that it happens to everybody. Nobody can be perfect." Yesterday, Williams was named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2009 Doak Walker Award. The award is named after the three time Southern Methodist University All American running back and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner. One of just two rookies on the list, Williams, who is ranked ninth nationally with 1,109 yards rushing this year, must continue his success Saturday if the Hokies offense wants to get past Maryland's impressive linebacker corps. Behind their defensive line, the Terrapins boast the No. 4 leading tackler in the nation, junior linebacker Alex Wujciak. Fellow junior backer Adrian Moten is impressive as well, amassing 52 total tackles, five sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss this season. While the Terrapins' record may not instill fear in the eyes of their opponents, Beamer knows the game won't be a cakewalk, mainly because he knows the coach on the other side of the field.