Saturday, November 11, 2006

NRT - Team of Destiny

(Non-Recruiting Topic)
Team of Destiny. There's just no better way to describe this year's University of Maryland Football Team. Early this year, this team did not impress, they had trouble getting by weak opponents and then got thrashed by West Virginia on national TV. Their other loss, also earlier this year was another ugly one against Georgia Tech. They lost ugly, but they've won ugly too.

These past five weeks have been magical. Starting with an improbable comeback to beat UVA after being down 20-0, then holding on to beat a desperate NC State team, they needed a blocked field goal to survive Florida State, then a field goal with no time remaining to beat Clemson at Death Valley. Today's victory over Miami was more of the same. There were essentially 2 big offensive plays for the Terps, two late turnovers and two dropped passes by Miami. That's it. Miami dominated otherwise, but the Terps still held on to win 14-13.

Maryland's past five wins have been by a total of 13 points! A team that looked to be going nowhere two months ago is now a victory or two away from the ACC Championship game! This team wins by playing hard, not making big mistakes, and making big plays when they need to. The defense gives up huge yardage numbers and the offense disappears for long stretches during games, but they still find out a way to win.

This could be Ralph Friedgen's best coaching job yet, especially considering that he lost his offensive and defensive coordinators in the off-season, and he was coming off of two sub-par years. This team is an inspiration to Terrapin Nation. Go Terps and Fear The Turtle!

Celebration Time at Byrd Stadium - 11/11/06

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