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                                      COLLEGE PARK, Md. Clay Matthews Jersey . -- As defensive coordinator at Michigan last year, DJ Durkin guided a unit that allowed an average of 261 yards and 16.4 points per game.Now the head coach at Maryland, Durkin watched in dismay last weekend as the Terrapins yielded 650 yards -- 414 on the ground -- in a 42-36 loss at Indiana.As he prepares for his return to Michigan on Saturday, Durkin knows his defense must improve dramatically if the Terrapins are to have any chance at all of upsetting the second-ranked Wolverines (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten).The first step is determining what went wrong against Indiana.Theres a whole list of things, Durkin said Tuesday. What we have to do is get our guys playing better fundamentally and within the scheme. As a young team, theres like a sense of panic that sets in when you get hit on a couple plays and things arent working. Guys start to do their own thing.Maryland (5-3, 2-3) had an opportunity to become bowl-eligible with a victory. The Terrapins rolled up 517 yards and five touchdowns, but it wasnt enough to overcome a defense that allowed 34 first downs and permitted three different players to rush for at least 100 yards.Looking at the film, they just caught us, defensive tackle Roman Braglio said. It was not our best game, to say the least. This week, were definitely going to improve.Durkin has spent hours looking at the film in an effort to determine the flaws of a defense that is surrendering an average of 401.5 yards and 23.2 points.We have all the signs of a team that has a bunch of promise. But also, its a young team and we play that way, he said. Were inconsistent right now. Individually and as a whole, theres a lot of ups and downs.Returning to Michigan isnt going to be a trip down memory lane for Durkin, who worked under Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh for only one year before being hired by Maryland last December.I really enjoyed my time there, so being back there will be nice, Durkin said. Its a great place. My family enjoyed it. But youre there to play a football game. When you travel for games, you go to the hotel and have meetings, get up and go play the game. Then you leave right afterward. So you dont really have time for anything other than getting the team prepared.His players know just how much their coach would enjoy winning at The Big House.Obviously coach Durkin would love a huge win from us, being that this is the school he came from and being that its the No. 2 team in country, Braglio said. Its a great setup for us, to come out there as an underdog.After losing at Penn State and Indiana, the Terrapins remain winless on the road in the Big Ten. They hope to turn it around against Michigan, which has tallied at least 40 points in six of eight games and is coming off a 31-23 win at Michigan State.Weve got to find a way to get a win on the road in our conference, Durkin said. Thats something were talking about as a team. Its the next step.This is the first of three consecutive games for Maryland against highly ranked teams. The Terps host Ohio State on Nov. 12 before traveling to Nebraska the following week.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org. Aaron Rodgers Packers Jersey .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Dexter Williams Packers Jersey . -- Stanford squashed Oregons national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football. http:///...hite-Packers-Jersey/ . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After losing three straight, the Nashville Predators got a balanced effort to get back on the winning track.Kevin Fiala and Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals each as five Predators players came through with their first points of the season to lead illness-depleted Nashville to a 5-1 victory over the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.Calle Jarnkrok also scored, P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg each added two assistse, and Juuse Saros had 34 shots for his first NHL victory.It is part of Juuses growing process and how he is evolving through this organization, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. He has been off to a terrific start in (AHL) Milwaukee with three one-goal games and he has one-goal game here. He really bailed us out.Saros was one of the five players recalled from Milwaukee to fill in for several Predators players still suffering from food poisoning. The problem has been attributed by team officials to chicken soup as part of the pregame meal in Detroit on Friday night.We were much less sick for this game, Laviolette said. But they didnt get a chance to eat much. They couldnt keep anything down.Scott Wilson scored in the opening minute of the game for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury gave up the five goals on 23 shots through the first two periods before being replaced by Mike Condon, who stopped all seven shots he faced in the third.We have to become a more difficult team to play against, Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. It starts with our decision making but its beyond that at this point.We show signs when we have our game together and we are hard to play against and we show other signs where we dont make the right decisions.Arvidsson tied the score on the power play at 3:08 of the first period, and Fiala beat Fleury with a wrister to start a four-goal second with his first of the season at 2:26.I was happy for Kevin, Laviolette said. He has been working hard, but you arent seeing it on paper. He built a lot of confidence playing on one of our top lines. He was a big contributor.Jarnkroks wrister made it 3-1 just past midway through the period with his ffirst point of the season, and Fiala got his second goal about a minute later for his first career multi-goal game. Jace Sternberger Womens Jersey. Arvidssons second of the game and third of the season, into the top right corner of the net, capped the scoring with 36 second left in the second.It only took 52 seconds for Saros to give up his first goal in his second NHL start. Wilson skated in to beat Saros to his glove side with a wrist shot.I just tried to start the game all over again after that shot, Saros said. You cant keep thinking about those goals. You have to continue to keep playing.It was great to get my first NHL victory. It was an amazing thing. It was even better to get it against Pittsburgh since Fleury was one of my early idols. I have spent a lot of time watching his highlights.Saros credited his teammates with making his job a little easier by keeping the area in front of the net clear.I give a lot of credit to the guys in front of me particularly on rebounds, Saros said. They kept guys out of the front of the net so I could see the puck well. It was a lot of fun to play behind those guys.Pekka Rinne, Mike Fisher, Craig Smith and Colton Sissons were all sidelined dealing by the illness. Along with Saros, the others called up were forwards Frederick Gaudreau, Trevor Smith, Austin Watson and Harry Zolnierczyk.Game notes Nashvilles Yannick Weber and Saros each earned their first assists of the season. ... The five goals were the most allowed by Fleury in a game this season. ... Nashville placed Cody Bass on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. ... Nashville set a franchise record with the power-play goal, the ninth of the season in the first five games, beating the previous record of seven set in 2005-06 and 2002-03. ... Pittsburghs Matt Cullen, who played two seasons for the Predators, became the 59th player in NHL history to play in 1,300 games. ... Gaudreau made his NHL debut for Nashville.UP NEXTPenguins: Host Florida on Tuesday night.Predators: At Anaheim on Wednesday night. ' ' ' 
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