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2020 Maryland Terrapins football team Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_1_0
Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_2_0 2020 Maryland Terrapins football team Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_2_1
First seasonMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_3_0 1892Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_3_1
Athletic directorMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_4_0 Damon EvansMaryland Terrapins football_cell_0_4_1
Head coachMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_5_0 Mike Locksley

2nd season, 4–10 (.286)Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_5_1

StadiumMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_6_0 Maryland Stadium

(Capacity: 54,000)Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_6_1

Field surfaceMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_7_0 FieldTurfMaryland Terrapins football_cell_0_7_1
LocationMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_8_0 College Park, MarylandMaryland Terrapins football_cell_0_8_1
ConferenceMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_9_0 Big Ten ConferenceMaryland Terrapins football_cell_0_9_1
DivisionMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_10_0 EastMaryland Terrapins football_cell_0_10_1
Past conferencesMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_11_0 Independent (1892–1893)

Maryland Intercollegiate Football Association (1894, 1896–1897) Independent (1898–1919) South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1920) Southern Conference (1921–1951) Independent (1952) Atlantic Coast Conference (1953–2013)Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_11_1

All-time recordMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_12_0 652–600–43 (.520)Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_12_1
Bowl recordMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_13_0 11–13–2 (.462)Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_13_1
Claimed national titlesMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_14_0 1 (1953)Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_14_1
Unclaimed national titlesMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_15_0 1 (1951)Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_15_1
Conference titlesMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_16_0 11Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_16_1
RivalriesMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_17_0 West Virginia (rivalry)

Penn State (rivalry) Virginia (rivalry) Navy (rivalry)Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_17_1

Consensus All-AmericansMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_18_0 12Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_18_1
Current uniformMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_19_0
ColorsMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_20_0 Red, White, Gold, and BlackMaryland Terrapins football_cell_0_20_1
Fight songMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_21_0 Maryland Victory Song

Maryland Fight Song (Occasionally played)Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_21_1

MascotMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_22_0 TestudoMaryland Terrapins football_cell_0_22_1
Marching bandMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_23_0 Mighty Sound of MarylandMaryland Terrapins football_cell_0_23_1
OutfitterMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_24_0 Under ArmourMaryland Terrapins football_cell_0_24_1
WebsiteMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_0_25_0 Maryland Terrapins football_cell_0_25_1

The Maryland Terrapins football team represents the University of Maryland, College Park in the sport of American football. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_0

The Terrapins compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the Big Ten Conference. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_1

The Terrapins joined the Big Ten Conference on July 1, 2014, following 62 years in the Atlantic Coast Conference as a founding member. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_2

Mike Locksley is the head coach. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_3

Since 1950, the Terrapins have played their home games at Maryland Stadium in College Park, Maryland with occasional home games from time to time in Baltimore, making them one of two FBS football teams in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area (Navy Midshipmen) and the closest Football Bowl Subdivision team to Washington, D.C. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_4

The team's official colors of red, white, black, and gold have been in use in some combination since the 1920s and are taken from Maryland's state flag, and the Terrapins nickname — often abbreviated as "Terps" — was adopted in 1933 after a turtle species native to the state. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_5

Maryland shares storied rivalries with Virginia and West Virginia. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_6

The program's achievements have included one national championship, nine ACC championships, two Southern Conference championships, 11 consensus All-Americans, several Hall of Fame inductees, and 24 bowl game appearances. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_7

Maryland possesses the third-most ACC championships with nine, which places them behind Clemson and Florida State with 15 each. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_8

Many former Terrapins players and coaches have gone on to careers in professional football including 16 first-round NFL Draft picks. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_9

History Maryland Terrapins football_section_0

Main article: History of Maryland Terrapins football Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_10

See also: List of Maryland Terrapins football seasons Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_11

Early years (1892–1946) Maryland Terrapins football_section_1

Main article: Maryland Terrapins football, 1892–1946 Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_12

In 1892, the school then known as the Maryland Agricultural College fielded its first officially-sanctioned college football team. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_13

They went scoreless in all three of that season's games, but the following year, posted a perfect record of 6–0. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_14

For the first two decades of the program, the team primarily competed against local universities and high schools due to the prohibitive nature of long-distance travel at the time. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_15

In 1911, Harry C. "Curley" Byrd became head coach and held that position for more than two decades until he was named the university president. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_16

In 1921, Maryland joined the Southern Conference where it remained for thirty years. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_17

Between 1935 and 1946, the school had several coaches that achieved fame elsewhere: Frank Dobson, a former assistant coach under John Heisman; Clark Shaughnessy, architect of Stanford's undefeated 1940 turnaround; and Paul "Bear" Bryant, who later became the long-time Alabama head coach. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_18

Bryant resigned after one season when a player he had suspended was reinstated by President Byrd. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_19

Jim Tatum era (1947–1955) Maryland Terrapins football_section_2

Main article: Maryland Terrapins football under Jim Tatum Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_20

Jim Tatum was hired in 1947, after a brief stint at Oklahoma where he had led the Sooners to a conference championship in his only season there. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_21

He was Maryland's sixth head coach in eight years, but Tatum stayed for nine seasons and became the school's most successful head coach in modern history. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_22

During his tenure, he led Maryland to two national championships (one retroactive), three conference championships, three perfect seasons, six top-20 final rankings, and five bowl game appearances. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_23

Seven of his players were named first-team All-Americans, including five consensus All-Americans. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_24

Under Tatum, Maryland finished every season with a winning record. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_25

After the 1947 season, the Terrapins participated in their first bowl game, the 1948 Gator Bowl, in which they tied Georgia, 20–20. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_26

NCAA season-scoring leader Lu Gambino recorded all three Maryland touchdowns. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_27

In 1949, Maryland again played in the Gator Bowl, where they defeated 20th-ranked Missouri, 20–7. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_28

The Terrapins finished the season ranked 14th by the Associated Press. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_29

Maryland's current home field, Byrd Stadium, was constructed in 1950, and named in honor of former coach and contemporary Maryland president Curly Byrd. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_30

Maryland started the 1950 season ranked 15th and defeated Navy, 35–21, in the Byrd Stadium dedication game. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_31

The Terrapins won the 1951 Southern Conference co-championship alongside the Virginia Military Institute. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_32

Their perfect season culminated with an upset over first-ranked Tennessee in the 1952 Sugar Bowl. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_33

At the time, however, the wire services released their final rankings before the bowl games, and Maryland finished third in the Associated Press Poll. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_34

Several selectors, including analyst Jeff Sagarin, have retroactively credited Maryland with the national championship. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_35

In 1953, Maryland and six other schools split from the Southern Conference to form the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_36

That year, Maryland shut-out two 11th-ranked teams: Mississippi, 38–0, and Alabama, 21–0, won the ACC co-championship alongside Duke, and were named the national champions as the only undefeated and untied team in the nation. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_37

The Terrapins were defeated by fourth-ranked Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_38

After the 1955 season, Tatum resigned to return to North Carolina, where he soon died of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_39

After Tatum (1956–1971) Maryland Terrapins football_section_3

The Terrapins entered 1956 ranked number-six, but after the departure of Tatum, they suffered their first losing season in a decade. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_40

It marked the beginning of a long undistinguished period of Maryland history, and between 1956 and 1971, they compiled a record of 50–100–1 and only three winning seasons. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_41

In 1967, they suffered their first and only winless season in 75 years. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_42

High points during this period included victories over 14th-ranked North Carolina in 1957, 11th-ranked Clemson in 1959, eighth-ranked 1960 Clemson Tigers football team in 1960, and seventh-ranked Syracuse in 1961. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_43

In 1962, assistant coach Lee Corso convinced African-American wide receiver Darryl Hill to transfer from the Naval Academy. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_44

Hill broke the color barrier in football at four institutions: Gonzaga High School, the Naval Academy, Maryland, and the ACC. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_45

In 1965, back Bob Sullivan led the nation with 10 interceptions. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_46

Jerry Claiborne era (1972–1981) Maryland Terrapins football_section_4

In 1972, Jerry Claiborne took over as head coach of the Terrapins, which had only nine wins in the past five years. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_47

In his first season, Maryland improved to 5–5–1, and the following year, they reached their first bowl game in almost two decades. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_48

The team steadily improved until his fifth season, 1976, when they finished the regular season with an 11–0 record, their first perfect mark since Tatum's 1955 squad. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_49

Boomer Esiason later described Claiborne's coaching style as "vanilla", and said his strategy was "run right, run left, run up the middle, punt, and play good defense." Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_50

He went on to say, "But, there's no question he made me a tougher player . Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_51

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We'd do drills where the quarterback had to take on a linebacker. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_54

It was like he had a sign on our back, 'Hit us, we're stupid'. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_55

It made you a tougher player." Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_56

In 1974, Maryland had a pre-season rank of 14th and later beat 17th-ranked NC State to win the ACC championship. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_57

The Terrapins were defeated by 20th-ranked Tennessee in the Liberty Bowl and finished the season ranked 13th. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_58

In 1975, Maryland again won the ACC and defeated 13th-ranked Florida in the Gator Bowl to finish 13th in the nation. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_59

That season, the Terrapins led the ACC in total offense with 375.2 yards per game. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_60

Maryland started 1976 ranked 12th, and quarterback Mark Manges led them to 11 consecutive wins to secure their third straight ACC championship. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_61

Maryland's loss to sixth-ranked Houston in the Cotton Bowl, 30–21, ended any hopes for a national championship. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_62

In 1978, Maryland beat 20th-ranked NC State and finished with a ranking of 20th. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_63

The game that pitted 11th-ranked Maryland against 12th-ranked Clemson has been described as one of the most exciting games of the era. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_64

The "big-play caravan" ultimately saw Clemson triumph, 28–24. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_65

From 1974 to 1978, Claiborne and the Terrapins secured five consecutive bowl game berths and three consecutive ACC championships. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_66

Maryland made it to a sixth bowl game in 1980. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_67

After the 1981 season, Claiborne left the program for his alma mater, Kentucky, and was replaced by Bobby Ross, an assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_68

Bobby Ross era (1982–1986) Maryland Terrapins football_section_5

In a surprising choice, former Maryland assistant coach and Citadel head coach Bobby Ross, who was not a big-name at the time, was selected as head coach in 1982. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_69

In contrast to Claiborne's style, Ross implemented a high-powered offense. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_70

He replaced the I-veer triple option with an NFL-style offense that emphasized dropback passes, bootlegs, and play action passes. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_71

This change in tactics and strategy enabled starting quarterback Boomer Esiason the opportunity to excel to a degree not seen under Claiborne the season prior. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_72

Esiason said, "Ross has an uncanny knack of putting players in a position to not only succeed, but to overachieve . Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_73

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If he didn't show up at Maryland, I don't know what would have happened to me. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_76

I don't know if I would have turned into the player I was and played in the NFL." Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_77

During this time, several Maryland quarterbacks went on to careers in the National Football League (NFL), and the school was nicknamed "Quarterback U" as a result. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_78

In Ross's inaugural season, Maryland defeated 10th-ranked North Carolina, and then edged Miami before their most important conference game of the season against the 1981 national champions, the Clemson Tigers. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_79

Between 1974 and 1988, either Clemson or Maryland won the ACC title all but three years. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_80

Clemson had lost to the 1980 national champions, seventh-ranked Georgia, 13–7, and tied Boston College, 17–17, after the opposing quarterback, Doug Flutie, led a comeback. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_81

Clemson was therefore unable to defend their NCAA championship, but either Clemson or Maryland, with perfect conference records, would secure the ACC title. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_82

Thus, decades before the official ACC Championship Game, 1982 saw a rare de facto title match. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_83

Clemson scored first, then pulled away 14–7 before half. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_84

In the second half, a favorable wind twice yielded Maryland excellent field position, Esiason threw for two rapid-fire touchdowns and a two-point conversion, and the defense held Clemson at bay. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_85

However, the Terrapins also turned the ball over five times in the second half and lost, 24–22. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_86

With the win, Clemson won the ACC and Maryland finished second. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_87

Immediately after the game, the NCAA announced its investigation into Clemson recruiting had found improprieties. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_88

As a result, the Tigers were denied a bowl game and television coverage in the following season. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_89

The ACC instituted further punishment, making Clemson ineligible for a conference title for the next two years. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_90

Maryland finished 1982 ranked 20th after losing to ninth-ranked Washington in the Aloha Bowl. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_91

In 1983, Maryland lost to third-ranked Auburn and 20th-ranked West Virginia, but beat 17th-ranked Pittsburgh and third-ranked North Carolina. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_92

Clemson and Maryland once more met with perfect ACC records, and Maryland again lost, this time blown out, 52–27. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_93

Despite the loss, Maryland was awarded the conference championship because of the sanctions against Clemson. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_94

In 1984, Maryland defeated the defending national champions, sixth-ranked Miami, in what was then the biggest comeback in college football history and judged by some as the most exciting. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_95

At half time, Maryland trailed Miami, 31–0. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_96

Back-up quarterback Frank Reich replaced Stan Gelbaugh and proceeded to throw four touchdown passes, and capitalizing on Miami errors, the Terrapins won, 42–40. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_97

The recovery from the 31–point halftime deficit stood as the greatest college football comeback for the next 22 years, until the record was finally broken by Michigan State against Northwestern. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_98

Reich later repeated the feat in his professional career when he led the Buffalo Bills to overcome a 32-point deficit and set the NFL comeback record. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_99

That season, Maryland also defeated 17th-ranked West Virginia and 20th-ranked Clemson, and secured the ACC championship. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_100

In the postseason, they edged Tennessee, 28–27, in the Sun Bowl and finished 12th in the nation. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_101

Maryland entered the 1985 season with a number-one preseason rank, and set its all-time home attendance record in Byrd Stadium with an average of 49,385 over five games. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_102

However, they dropped to a ranking of 17th in Week 2, and then out of the polls in Week 4 after a shutout by Michigan. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_103

Despite the early setbacks, the Terrapins finished undefeated in six conference games to take the ACC championship for the third consecutive year. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_104

Maryland defeated Syracuse, 35-18, in the Cherry Bowl and earned a final ranking of 18th. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_105

In 1986, the Terrapins posted a mediocre 5–5–1 record. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_106

After the season, Ross resigned as head coach. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_107

He expressed frustration over the university's failure to improve Byrd Stadium and its associated facilities. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_108

Ross had shown recruits stadium and facility renovation plans as an indication of the program's direction, and when they did not come to fruition, he felt that he had misled the players. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_109

Ross also stated that he was hurt by "innuendo, insinuation, and guilt by association" with respect to the cocaine-induced death of Maryland basketball star Len Bias. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_110

He said, "I feel the football team has represented the university well, both on and off the field." Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_111

The athletics department investigation report had commended the propriety of the football program, but university chancellor John B. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_112 Slaughter did not offer his vocal support for Ross until a month later. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_113

Dark years (1987–2000) Maryland Terrapins football_section_6

Maryland athletics in general were marred by the death of Len Bias, and the football team was no exception. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_114

After Ross resigned, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joe Krivak was promoted to head coach. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_115

This was the beginning of a lackluster period for Terrapins football, and Maryland compiled a 55–88 record and one bowl appearance from 1987 to 2000. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_116

A controversial loss to Virginia in the final game of 1988 cost the team a sixth win for bowl eligibility. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_117

In 1989, Maryland tied Joe Paterno's 13th-ranked Penn State for the only time in the series' existence. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_118

The following season, the Terrapins beat 25th-ranked West Virginia and upset 8th-ranked Virginia. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_119

Maryland received a bowl berth and tied Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl, which would be their only postseason appearance during this period. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_120

Maryland was plagued by injuries in 1991, and finished with just two wins to nine losses, their worst record in two decades. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_121

After that season, athletic director Andy Geiger fired Krivak, one year after having granted him a five-year contract extension, and hired Holy Cross head coach Mark Duffner as his replacement. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_122

Duffner installed a run and shoot offense which shattered many school records, but the defense was notoriously weak. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_123

During this time, quarterbacks Scott Milanovich and John Kaleo set numerous school records for passing under Duffner, most of which still stand. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_124

In 1993, Maryland earned the dubious honor of most yards allowed per game, a record which still stands. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_125

In 11 games, the Terrapins surrendered 6,083 yards—an average of 553.0 yards per game. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_126

After that season, Duffner reorganized his staff by firing three assistant coaches, but the team showed little progress in the following years. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_127

Duffner was fired after the 1996 season, having accumulated a combined record of 20–35. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_128

Ron Vanderlinden was hired as head coach for the 1997 season under a five-year contract. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_129

Vanderlinden had helped engineer turnarounds at Northwestern as defensive coordinator and at Colorado as a defensive assistant. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_130

The 1995 Northwestern team in particular had shocked observers when it recorded a 10–2 season and the Big Ten championship. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_131

In 1999, Maryland showed its first signs of significant improvement, and a winning season appeared certain when Maryland possessed a 5–2 record. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_132

The Terrapins, however, then suffered a three-game losing streak. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_133

In their finale against Virginia, the Terrapins needed a win to garner a likely invitation to either the Aloha Bowl or Oahu Bowl, whose chief executive officer was a Maryland alumnus. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_134

The Terrapins came from behind and held the lead, 30–27, with 5:18 left to play. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_135

They regained possession with 1:40 remaining, but an inexperienced quarterback unintentionally stopped the clock. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_136

Virginia recovered the ball on downs and mounted a touchdown drive to win the game and end Maryland's bowl hopes. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_137

Despite narrowly missing a winning season, Vanderlinden was granted a two-year contract extension. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_138

In 2000, Maryland again fell short of a winning season and bowl game. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_139

The Terrapins entered their season closer with a 5–5 record, and again fell, this time in a rout by 24th-ranked Georgia Tech. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_140

Vanderlinden was fired the following day. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_141

Despite the failure to deliver a winning season, Vanderlinden did oversee substantive improvement in the program. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_142

In 1999, Maryland allowed a conference low of 11 sacks compared with 56 two years prior, and they led the conference in rushing after being ranked last in 1997. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_143

In 1998, the Terrapins were one of the most improved teams in defense, scoring defense, passing defense, and rushing. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_144

During Vanderlinden's tenure, Maryland also recruited several key players who were instrumental in the team's later success. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_145

Ralph Friedgen era (2001–2010) Maryland Terrapins football_section_7

Ralph Friedgen, a former Maryland player and assistant under Bobby Ross, was hired as Vanderlinden's replacement for the 2001 season. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_146

Friedgen had previously been denied an interview for the position twice by his alma mater. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_147

While offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, he had been described as an "offensive genius", and Friedgen later received similar plaudits while at Maryland. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_148

When he took over, Maryland had not won a bowl game in 16 years and had only one winning season since 1990. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_149

In 2001, Maryland won its first four games and entered the AP Poll for the first time since September 1995. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_150

Maryland beat 15th-ranked Georgia Tech in overtime when placekicker Nick Novak, the ACC's future all-time scoring leader, equalized and then won the game with 46- and 26-yard field goals, thereby ensuring a winning season and bowl appearance. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_151

In Tallahassee, 18th-ranked Florida State broke a stalemate in the fourth quarter to hand Maryland its only defeat of the regular season, 52–31. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_152

Maryland closed the year with a win over NC State, which secured the ACC championship and made the Terrapins the first team other than Florida State to take the title outright since the Seminoles joined the conference in 1991. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_153

Sixth-ranked Maryland then faced fifth-ranked Florida in the Orange Bowl—their first-ever BCS appearance, and their first major bowl of any sort since the 1977 Cotton Bowl. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_154

The Terrapins lost, 56–23, and finished with a 10–2 record and ranked 10th in the nation. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_155

In 2002, Maryland had a preseason rank of 20th, but their first three games included a shutout by 12th-ranked Notre Dame, 22–0, and a loss to 16th-ranked Florida State, 37–10. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_156

The Terrapins rallied to defeat 13th-ranked West Virginia and 17th-ranked NC State, while losing only to Virginia. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_157

That loss, however, prevented Maryland from earning a share of the ACC championship alongside Florida State. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_158

The Terrapins routed Tennessee in the Peach Bowl, 30–3, and finished with an 11–3 record and final ranking of 18th. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_159

Maryland began the 2003 season with losses to Northern Illinois and eighth-ranked Florida State. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_160

They later defeated 23rd-ranked West Virginia, but were edged by Georgia Tech. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_161

In the postseason, 24th-ranked Maryland delivered a second crushing defeat against 20th-ranked West Virginia in the Gator Bowl, 41–7, and finished the season ranked 17th. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_162

The New York Times computer poll ranked Maryland third in the nation, behind only split-national champions Louisiana State and Southern California. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_163

The 2004 season was Friedgen's first with a losing record. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_164

Maryland finished with a 5–6 mark that included an overtime loss to West Virginia, 19–16. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_165

The highlight of the season was an upset victory over fifth-ranked Florida State, which was Maryland's first against the Seminoles and their first win against a top-10 team since 1990. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_166

The Terrapins again ended the 2005 season with a 5–6 record. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_167

That season opened with a victory over Navy, which was the first meeting between the intrastate foes in 40 years. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_168

In 2006, Maryland returned to a bowl game and finished with a 9–4 record. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_169

During the season, the Terrapins upset 19th-ranked Clemson, 13–12, and five of their games were won by four points or less. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_170

In the Champs Sports Bowl, Maryland beat Purdue, 24–7. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_171

In 2007, Maryland overcame extensive injuries to again secure a postseason appearance. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_172

During the season, unranked Maryland tallied two shocking upsets against 10th-ranked Rutgers, 34–24, and eighth-ranked Boston College, 42–35. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_173

They finished the season with a rout of NC State to attain bowl eligibility, 37–0, but lost to Oregon State in the Emerald Bowl, 21–14. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_174

According to the final Sagarin computer-generated rankings, Maryland had the second-hardest schedule in the ACC and the 27th-hardest schedule among Division I teams. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_175

Numerous observers described Maryland's 2008 season as "wildly inconsistent". Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_176

The Terrapins defeated four of their five ranked opponents—25th-ranked California, 19th-ranked Clemson, 19th-ranked Wake Forest, and 17th-ranked North Carolina—but also lost to heavy underdogs Middle Tennessee and Virginia. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_177

Ultimately, Maryland defeated Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl and finished the season with an 8–5 record. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_178

Before the 2009 season, many analysts projected the Terrapins to finish last or second-to-last in the Atlantic Division of the ACC, and expressed particular concern with the inexperienced offensive line. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_179

The prognostications proved accurate, and Maryland finished 2–10 for their first ten-loss season in program history. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_180

Maryland rebounded in 2010 to finish with a 9–4 record, including a win in the Military Bowl, and ranked 23rd in the AP Poll. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_181

The ACC named Friedgen Coach of the Year, while freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien became the first Terrapin ever named ACC Rookie of the Year. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_182

Citing lack of fan support, the athletic department bought out the final year of Friedgen's contract for $2 million. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_183

Randy Edsall era (2011–2015) Maryland Terrapins football_section_8

After Friedgen was let go, the Terrapins hired Randy Edsall away from Connecticut to be Maryland's head coach. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_184

The 2011 season was not a successful one for Maryland. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_185

After a nationally televised win over Miami, the Terrapins struggled for the remainder of the season. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_186

They only managed to record one more win (against FCS opponent Towson) and finished with a 2–10 record. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_187

The team did attract national attention for its "Maryland Pride" uniforms that were created by Under Armour, who had become the official outfitter of the Maryland Athletic Department in September 2008. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_188

After the 2011 season, Edsall fired both his offensive coordinator Gary Crowton and his defensive coordinator Todd Bradford. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_189

Mike Locksley, who had been fired in 2011 from his head coaching position at New Mexico, was hired to be the new offensive coordinator. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_190

Locksley had previously worked at Maryland under head coaches Vanderlinden and Friedgen, and was the recruiting coordinator for Maryland before and during the three consecutive 10+ win seasons under Friedgen. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_191

Brian Stewart, who had been the defensive coordinator for the Houston Cougars, was hired to replace Bradford as the new defensive coordinator. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_192

Edsall's 2012 team compiled a 4–8 record, losing four quarterbacks to injury, and eventually starting a linebacker at the position. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_193

The team's record improved from 2011 nonetheless but still not as much as fans, alumni and the administration had hoped. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_194

The 2013 Maryland Terrapins football team under head coach Edsall improved to 7–6, capping the season with a loss in the Military Bowl to Marshall, The 61st and final season the Terrapins would be playing football in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_195

Edsall's 2014 Terps finished their regular season with a 7–5 record, comprising a 4–4 record in Big Ten Conference play that put them third in the Big Ten East Division, their Inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference . Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_196

Maryland ended its season at the Foster Farms Bowl, where it lost to Stanford. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_197

On October 11, 2015, Edsall was relieved of his duties with offensive coordinator Mike Locksley named as the interim head coach for the rest of the 2015 season. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_198

D. J. Durkin era (2016–2018) Maryland Terrapins football_section_9

See also: 2018 Maryland Terrapins football team § Player death and culture controversy Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_199

On December 2, 2015, the Terps announced the hiring of former Michigan defensive coordinator D. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_200 J. Durkin as head coach. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_201

Durkin had never before worked as a full-time head coach, though he coached the Florida Gators on an interim basis in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_202

In 2016, Durkin coached the Terrapins to a 6–7 record including a bowl loss. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_203

Maryland finished 4-8 and was ineligible for a bowl game in 2017. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_204

During the 2018 offseason, football player Jordan McNair died from an apparent heat stroke after a practice. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_205

Following McNair's death and news reports that players "faced abuse and disparagement" from football staff, Durkin was placed on administrative leave on August 11, just weeks before the start of the 2018 season. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_206

One of those football staffers Rick Court, one of Durkin's first hires and the strength and conditioning coach, was dismissed from Maryland due to sources describing his abusive training methods. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_207

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada, in his first season with Maryland, was named interim head coach. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_208

The UM Board of Regents recommended that Durkin stay as head coach after a report was released. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_209

However, due to intense backlash Durkin was fired as head coach on October 31, 2018. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_210

Mike Locksley era (2019–present) Maryland Terrapins football_section_10

On December 4, 2018, Maryland hired Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as their new head coach. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_211

Locksley, a D.C. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_212

native and former Maryland assistant, previously served as interim head coach of the Terrapins for their final 6 games in 2015 after Randy Edsall's firing. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_213

The Locksley era at Maryland had an impressive offensive start with the Terps scoring 142 points in kicking off the 2019 campaign. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_214

In its first game, Maryland crushed FCS Howard University 79-0 and then dominated 21st ranked Syracuse University 63-20. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_215

The 142 points in its first two games marked the Terps’s highest-ever scoring output in consecutive games. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_216

The 63 points against Syracuse were the most points scored against a ranked opponent by any Maryland football team ever. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_217

After a strong start, the only other win in the season came against Rutgers, and the Terrapins would ultimately finish 3-9. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_218

Conference affiliations Maryland Terrapins football_section_11

Maryland has affiliated with various conferences as well as being an independent. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_219

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Championships Maryland Terrapins football_section_12

National championships Maryland Terrapins football_section_13

Maryland was selected national champions by NCAA-designated major selectors in both 1951 and 1953. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_220

Maryland claims the 1953 national championship. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_221

Maryland Terrapins football_table_general_1

YearMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_1_0_0 CoachMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_1_0_1 SelectorsMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_1_0_2 RecordMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_1_0_3 BowlMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_1_0_4 ResultMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_1_0_5
1951Maryland Terrapins football_cell_1_1_0 Jim TatumMaryland Terrapins football_cell_1_1_1 DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, National Championship Foundation, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess)Maryland Terrapins football_cell_1_1_2 10–0Maryland Terrapins football_cell_1_1_3 Sugar BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_1_1_4 W 28–13Maryland Terrapins football_cell_1_1_5
1953Maryland Terrapins football_cell_1_2_0 Jim TatumMaryland Terrapins football_cell_1_2_1 Associated Press, International News Service, United PressMaryland Terrapins football_cell_1_2_2 10–1Maryland Terrapins football_cell_1_2_3 Orange BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_1_2_4 L 0–7Maryland Terrapins football_cell_1_2_5

Conference championships Maryland Terrapins football_section_14

Maryland has won 11 conference championships in two conferences as of the 2017 season, eight outright and three shared. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_222

Maryland Terrapins football_table_general_2

YearMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_2_0_0 CoachMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_2_0_1 ConferenceMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_2_0_2 Overall recordMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_2_0_3 Conference recordMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_2_0_4
1937Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_1_0 Frank DobsonMaryland Terrapins football_cell_2_1_1 Southern ConferenceMaryland Terrapins football_cell_2_1_2 8–2Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_1_3 2–0Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_1_4
1951Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_2_0 Jim TatumMaryland Terrapins football_cell_2_2_1 10–0Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_2_2 5–0Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_2_3
1953Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_3_0 Atlantic Coast ConferenceMaryland Terrapins football_cell_2_3_1 10–1Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_3_2 3–0Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_3_3
1955Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_4_0 4–0Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_4_1
1974Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_5_0 Jerry ClaiborneMaryland Terrapins football_cell_2_5_1 8–4Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_5_2 6–0Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_5_3
1975Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_6_0 9–2–1Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_6_1 5–0Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_6_2
1976Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_7_0 11–1Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_7_1
1983Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_8_0 Bobby RossMaryland Terrapins football_cell_2_8_1 8–4Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_8_2 6–0Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_8_3
1984Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_9_0 9–3Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_9_1
1985Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_10_0
2001Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_11_0 Ralph FriedgenMaryland Terrapins football_cell_2_11_1 10–2Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_11_2 7–1Maryland Terrapins football_cell_2_11_3

† Co-champion Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_223

Head coaches Maryland Terrapins football_section_15

List of Maryland head coaches. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_224

Maryland Terrapins football_unordered_list_1

† Interim/acting head coach Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_225

Bowl games Maryland Terrapins football_section_16

Maryland has participated in 27 bowl games, with the Terrapins holding a record of 11–14–2. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_226

Maryland Terrapins football_table_general_3

SeasonMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_3_0_0 CoachMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_3_0_1 BowlMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_3_0_2 OpponentMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_3_0_3 ResultMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_3_0_4
1947Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_1_0 Jim TatumMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_1_1 Gator BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_1_2 GeorgiaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_1_3 T 20–20Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_1_4
1949Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_2_0 Jim TatumMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_2_1 Gator BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_2_2 MissouriMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_2_3 W 20–7Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_2_4
1951Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_3_0 Jim TatumMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_3_1 Sugar BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_3_2 TennesseeMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_3_3 W 28–13Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_3_4
1953Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_4_0 Jim TatumMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_4_1 Orange BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_4_2 OklahomaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_4_3 L 0–7Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_4_4
1955Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_5_0 Jim TatumMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_5_1 Orange BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_5_2 OklahomaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_5_3 L 6–20Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_5_4
1973Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_6_0 Jerry ClaiborneMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_6_1 Peach BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_6_2 GeorgiaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_6_3 L 16–17Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_6_4
1974Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_7_0 Jerry ClaiborneMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_7_1 Liberty BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_7_2 TennesseeMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_7_3 L 3–7Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_7_4
1975Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_8_0 Jerry ClaiborneMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_8_1 Gator BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_8_2 FloridaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_8_3 W 13–0Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_8_4
1976Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_9_0 Jerry ClaiborneMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_9_1 Cotton Bowl ClassicMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_9_2 HoustonMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_9_3 L 21–30Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_9_4
1977Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_10_0 Jerry ClaiborneMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_10_1 Hall of Fame ClassicMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_10_2 MinnesotaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_10_3 W 17–7Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_10_4
1978Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_11_0 Jerry ClaiborneMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_11_1 Sun BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_11_2 TexasMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_11_3 L 0–42Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_11_4
1980Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_12_0 Jerry ClaiborneMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_12_1 Tangerine BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_12_2 FloridaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_12_3 L 20–35Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_12_4
1982Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_13_0 Bobby RossMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_13_1 Aloha BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_13_2 WashingtonMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_13_3 L 20–21Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_13_4
1983Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_14_0 Bobby RossMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_14_1 Florida Citrus BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_14_2 TennesseeMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_14_3 L 23–30Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_14_4
1984Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_15_0 Bobby RossMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_15_1 Sun BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_15_2 TennesseeMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_15_3 W 28–27Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_15_4
1985Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_16_0 Bobby RossMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_16_1 Cherry BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_16_2 SyracuseMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_16_3 W 35–18Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_16_4
1990Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_17_0 Joe KrivakMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_17_1 Independence BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_17_2 Louisiana TechMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_17_3 T 34–34Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_17_4
2001Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_18_0 Ralph FriedgenMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_18_1 Orange BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_18_2 FloridaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_18_3 L 23–56Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_18_4
2002Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_19_0 Ralph FriedgenMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_19_1 Peach BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_19_2 TennesseeMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_19_3 W 30–3Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_19_4
2003Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_20_0 Ralph FriedgenMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_20_1 Gator BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_20_2 West VirginiaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_20_3 W 41–7Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_20_4
2006Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_21_0 Ralph FriedgenMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_21_1 Champs Sports BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_21_2 PurdueMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_21_3 W 24–7Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_21_4
2007Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_22_0 Ralph FriedgenMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_22_1 Emerald BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_22_2 Oregon StateMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_22_3 L 14–21Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_22_4
2008Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_23_0 Ralph FriedgenMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_23_1 Humanitarian BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_23_2 NevadaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_23_3 W 42–35Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_23_4
2010Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_24_0 Ralph FriedgenMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_24_1 Military BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_24_2 East CarolinaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_24_3 W 51–20Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_24_4
2013Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_25_0 Randy EdsallMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_25_1 Military BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_25_2 MarshallMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_25_3 L 20–31Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_25_4
2014Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_26_0 Randy EdsallMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_26_1 Foster Farms BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_26_2 StanfordMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_26_3 L 21–45Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_26_4
2016Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_27_0 D. J. DurkinMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_27_1 Quick Lane BowlMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_27_2 Boston CollegeMaryland Terrapins football_cell_3_27_3 L 30–36Maryland Terrapins football_cell_3_27_4

Home stadium Maryland Terrapins football_section_17

Main article: Maryland Stadium Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_227

During its first few decades, the football program had only one poorly suited athletic field on which to play and practice and had no dedicated facilities such as locker rooms. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_228

Former coach and contemporary university president Dr. Harry C. Byrd allocated funds for the construction of a stadium in 1915, and it was completed in 1923. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_229

The Board of Regents voted to name it Byrd Stadium in honor of its main advocate. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_230

The stadium's capacity was 5,000. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_231

During this time, it was common for Maryland to play its better-drawing games in larger stadiums in Washington, D.C. or Baltimore. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_232

In 1950, that small field was replaced by the identically named but much larger Byrd Stadium, which was constructed at the cost of $1 million. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_233

The new stadium had an initial capacity of 34,680, which has since been upgraded to 51,055 through extensive additions. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_234

Shortly after its construction, the stadium hosted its dedication game against Navy, which Maryland won 35–21. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_235

That same year, the new field held its first and only bowl game, the Presidential Cup Bowl, which featured Texas A&M and Georgia. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_236

In 2006, the University of Maryland became the first school to sell naming rights to its field. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_237

The home field was officially branded "Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium" in a 25-year, $20 million contract. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_238

In 2008, Chevy Chase Bank was bought out by Capital One, and the stadium was renamed Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_239

On December 11, 2015, the Board of Regents voted 12–5 to remove the "Byrd" from the stadium's name because of Harry "Curley" Byrd's segregationist history, renaming it Maryland Stadium for the time being. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_240

Practice facility Maryland Terrapins football_section_18

Main article: Cole Field House Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_241

The Maryland Terrapins football team practices in Cole Field House Performance Center, the 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m) indoor practice complex and football operations center that opened in August 2017. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_242

The facility features a full-length, 100-yard-long FieldTurf football field with a goal post at each end surrounded by an elevated concourse. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_243

With a nearly 90-foot (27 m) height clearance from the field to the center of the roof, the facility ranks among the highest headrooms in any NCAA practice facility. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_244

When completed in 2019, the facility will include two full-length outdoor football practice fields, locker rooms, a 26,000-square-foot (2,400 m) strength and conditioning center, hydrotherapy and other training facilities, a theater-style team meeting room, position meeting rooms, a 230-seat cafeteria, and staff offices for the school's football program. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_245

A tunnel will connect the Cole Field House Performance Center to Maryland Stadium. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_246

Traditions Maryland Terrapins football_section_19

Nickname Maryland Terrapins football_section_20

When the school was known as the Maryland Agricultural College, from 1856 to 1916, the media called the athletics teams the "Farmers" and the "Aggies". Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_247

As the University of Maryland, the teams became known as "The Old Liners" in reference to the state nickname. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_248

During the 1923 season, The New York Times referred to Maryland as the Orioles, after a bird species endemic to the region that was already the namesake for several baseball teams. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_249

In 1932, Curley Byrd suggested that the namesake become the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), a species of land-dwelling turtle common throughout the state, particularly the Chesapeake Bay area where Dr. Byrd spent his early life. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_250

The student newspaper had already been named The Diamondback since 1921, and the athletics teams were sometimes referred to as the "Terrapins" as early as 1928. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_251

Newspapers began referring to the team simply as the "Terps" to shorten headlines. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_252

The truncated name stuck and is now in official use by the school. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_253

The mascot is a diamondback terrapin named Testudo, which means "turtle" in Latin. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_254

It is also the name of an ancient Roman military tactic, in which soldiers protected their infantry square from projectiles by completely enclosing it with their shields. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_255

Derivations of the word have also been used in scientific nomenclature related to the reptile, such as the order Testudine and the family Testudinidae. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_256

In 1933, the graduating class raised funds for a 300-pound bronze replica of a terrapin. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_257

It was initially placed in front of Ritchie Coliseum, which was then the home arena of the basketball team. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_258

In 1951, after being the subject of numerous pranks, the statue was relocated to Maryland Stadium, reinforced with 700 pounds of concrete, and anchored with steel rods. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_259

It was moved again in the 1960s, in front of McKeldin Library, and a second replica was placed at Maryland Stadium in 1992. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_260

In the 2000s, under coach Ralph Friedgen, it was a pregame tradition for the football players to walk 200 yards, through what is known as "Terp Alley", to the locker rooms, and touch the bronze Testudo. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_261

Colors Maryland Terrapins football_section_21

Originally, the athletic teams had no official colors and often used gray or maroon and gray for their uniforms. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_262

Senior classes would sometimes select colors of their own choosing. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_263

In modern times, the uniforms have been based on some combination of the four colors of the Maryland flag: red, white, black, and gold. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_264

The dominant colors have occasionally changed back and forth with changes of the head coach. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_265

In 1904, Maryland adopted a state flag based on the heraldry of Lord Calvert: the Calvert family arms (black and gold) quartered with his mother's Crossland family arms (red and white). Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_266

From the early 1920s until 1942, the black and gold were adopted as the official school colors. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_267

In 1942, Clark Shaughnessy left Stanford to coach at Maryland. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_268

He brought with him an affinity for a red and white color scheme and changed the team's uniforms. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_269

Shaughnessy left after one season, and the school switched back to the more traditional black and gold. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_270

He returned in 1946 and again changed the colors to red and white. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_271

When Jim Tatum replaced him the following season, Shaughnessy's colors were retained. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_272

In 1961, Maryland wore gold jerseys with black numerals for the first time since 1945 for their season opener against Southern Methodist. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_273

In 1987, Joe Krivak introduced black jerseys with the Maryland flag on the sleeves for selected games and then black pants followed in 1991. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_274

Ron Vanderlinden took over in 1997 and a new black and white uniform was adopted. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_275

Under Ralph Friedgen, Maryland returned to red and white in 2001, with black uniforms being reserved for select games. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_276

Maryland was one of the first schools to utilize the "blackout" concept, where fans uniformly wear the color to stand out in the stadium. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_277

It was introduced unofficially as the "Byrd Blackout" in 2005. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_278

For the 2011 season, Maryland wore new Under Armour uniforms that offered a "dizzying array" of combinations in the four school colors. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_279

In the season opener against Miami, the Terrapins unveiled a unique uniform based on the Maryland state flag that received nationwide media attention. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_280

In recent years since 2001 under Ralph Friedgen and continued by Randy Edsall, Maryland has worn a uniform combination of all-red, red jerseys and red pants for the annual game on homecoming weekend. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_281

Rivalries Maryland Terrapins football_section_22

West Virginia Maryland Terrapins football_section_23

Main article: Maryland–West Virginia football rivalry Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_282

West Virginia and Maryland have met 52 times as of 2019. since their first game in 1919. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_283

The Maryland-West Virginia rivalry had a chance of becoming an annual game with West Virginia potentially joining the ACC in 2012, but the Mountaineers wound up joining the Big 12 Conference. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_284

In 2001, both programs hired new head coaches, with West Virginia being taken over by Rich Rodriguez. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_285

Due to their proximity, the schools regularly raid their opponent's recruiting areas. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_286

The long-running series was put on hiatus for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, but resumed in 2010. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_287

The series ran for five straight seasons from 2010, meeting twice in College Park, twice in Morgantown, and once at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore for a neutral site game. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_288

The series is on hiatus and will resume for a home-and-home at Mountaineer Field. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_289

Penn State Maryland Terrapins football_section_24

Main article: Maryland–Penn State football rivalry Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_290

Maryland and Penn State have met 44 times as of 2019 season. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_291

Although Penn State leads the series with a lopsided 39–2–1 record against Maryland, many of those games were decided by field goals and turnovers. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_292

Because Maryland was in the ACC before joining the Big Ten Conference in July 2014, this rivalry was mainly kept alive through recruiting. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_293

The teams seldom played each other while Maryland was in the ACC but they competed in recruiting in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and Delaware Valley. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_294

The teams met in State College on November 1, 2014 for the first time in 11 years. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_295

Maryland defeated Penn State 20–19, and at the conclusion of the game, Randy Edsall finished his interview by saying "You know what? Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_296

Let the rivalry begin". Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_297

The following year, the rivalry game was played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Penn State defeated Maryland 31–30. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_298

In 2016, the Terrapins lost in a blowout in State College, after keeping it close for most of the first half, the Nittany Lions shut Maryland out in the final 30 minutes to cruise to a 38–14 win. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_299

Maryland hosted No. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_300

12 Penn State in the final game of the 2017 season. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_301

The Nittany Lions scored on their opening possession and never looked back, leading 31-0 at the break. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_302

Penn State would score on their first three possessions in the second half, making the score 52-0. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_303

Maryland would get on the board on their next possession, kicking a field goal with 1:28 remaining in the 3rd making the score 52-3 Penn State. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_304

The Lions would go on to win by 63 points, defeating Maryland 66-3 tying the most lopsided win in the series dating back to 1993 when the Lions won 70-7. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_305

The matchup in 2018 saw the Lions extend their winning streak to 4 games defeating Maryland 38-3 on a soggy November afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_306

The most recent matchup occurred Saturday November 7, 2020, at Beaver Stadium in State College. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_307

Maryland was coming off a thrilling OT homecoming win against Minnesota, and Penn State was looking to bounce back after a loss against No. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_308

3 Ohio State. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_309

However, powered by transfer QB Taulia Tagovailoa, it was Maryland who was able to capitalize on the momentum, winning 35-19 against Penn State on their own turf. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_310

Virginia Maryland Terrapins football_section_25

Main article: Maryland–Virginia football rivalry Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_311

The Maryland–Virginia football rivalry was a designated official ACC cross-divisional series when Maryland was an ACC member and the teams have a long-standing rivalry due to proximity and history. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_312

The programs also vie for recruits in the same region, and more recently, an additional factor has been the schools' academic competition. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_313

Maryland and Virginia have occasionally served as spoilers for one another by precluding a championship or bowl game appearance. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_314

When Maryland moved out of the ACC in 2014 and into the Big Ten, the future of this series was put into question. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_315

On January 12, 2017, the schools jointly announced a home-home series would be played during the 2023 and 2024 seasons. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_316

Navy Maryland Terrapins football_section_26

Main article: Crab Bowl Classic Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_317

Maryland played the Naval Academy, which is also located in the state of Maryland, several times between the 1930s and 1960s. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_318

The rivalry is known as the Crab Bowl Classic. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_319

In 1964, an incident in which a Terrapins player flashed an obscene gesture prompted Navy officials to suspend the series for 40 years. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_320

They resumed play in 2005. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_321

As of 2010, the winner of the Crab Bowl Classic is awarded the Crab Bowl Trophy. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_322

Individual honors Maryland Terrapins football_section_27

Main article: List of Maryland Terrapins football honorees Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_323

Over the years, many Maryland players have received All-American honors. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_324

Eleven Terps have been named consensus (received a majority of votes) first-team All-Americans and one, E.J. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_325 Henderson, has received that honor twice. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_326

Additionally, some have been awarded prestigious awards, including the Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Lou Groza Award, Outland Trophy, and Lombardi Award. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_327

While no Terrapin has ever received the Heisman Trophy, which is bestowed upon college football's most outstanding player, several have received votes by the award's selection committee. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_328

Quarterbacks Jack Scarbath and Bernie Faloney finished second and fourth in the voting in 1952 and 1953, respectively. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_329

Additionally, Bob Pellegrini, Gary Collins, Randy White, and Boomer Esiason all finished in the top-ten of the voting for a Heisman. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_330

Six Maryland players and four coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_331

Bear Bryant, Jerry Claiborne, Clark Shaughnessy, and Jim Tatum were inducted as coaches. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_332

The players included Dick Modzelewski, Bob Pellegrini, Jack Scarbath, and Bob Ward. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_333

Stan Jones and Randy White were also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_334

College Football Hall of Famers Maryland Terrapins football_section_28

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InductedMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_4_0_0 PlayerMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_4_0_1 PositionMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_4_0_2 TenureMaryland Terrapins football_header_cell_4_0_3
1980Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_1_0 Bob WardMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_1_1 GMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_1_2 1948–1951Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_1_3
1983Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_2_0 Jack ScarbathMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_2_1 QBMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_2_2 1950–1952Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_2_3
1993Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_3_0 Dick ModzelewskiMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_3_1 TMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_3_2 1950–1952Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_3_3
1994Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_4_0 Randy WhiteMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_4_1 DTMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_4_2 1972–1974Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_4_3
1996Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_5_0 Bob PellegriniMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_5_1 CMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_5_2 1953–1955Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_5_3
2000Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_6_0 Stan JonesMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_6_1 TMaryland Terrapins football_cell_4_6_2 1951–1953Maryland Terrapins football_cell_4_6_3

† Player is also in Pro Football Hall of Fame Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_335

Future non-conference opponents Maryland Terrapins football_section_29

Announced schedules as of September 5, 2020. Maryland Terrapins football_sentence_336

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2021Maryland Terrapins football_header_cell_5_0_0 2022Maryland Terrapins football_header_cell_5_0_1 2023Maryland Terrapins football_header_cell_5_0_2 2024Maryland Terrapins football_header_cell_5_0_3 2025Maryland Terrapins football_header_cell_5_0_4 2026Maryland Terrapins football_header_cell_5_0_5 2027Maryland Terrapins football_header_cell_5_0_6 2028Maryland Terrapins football_header_cell_5_0_7 2029Maryland Terrapins football_header_cell_5_0_8
West VirginiaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_1_0 BuffaloMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_1_1 TowsonMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_1_2 UConnMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_1_3 at Northern IllinoisMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_1_4 Virginia TechMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_1_5 Youngstown StateMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_1_6 Virginia TechMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_1_7 at Virginia TechMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_1_8
Kent StateMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_2_0 at CharlotteMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_2_1 CharlotteMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_2_2 at VirginiaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_2_3 Maryland Terrapins football_cell_5_2_4 at UConnMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_2_5 at Virginia TechMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_2_6 Maryland Terrapins football_cell_5_2_7 Maryland Terrapins football_cell_5_2_8
Maryland Terrapins football_cell_5_3_0 SMUMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_3_1 VirginiaMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_3_2 Bowling GreenMaryland Terrapins football_cell_5_3_3 Maryland Terrapins football_cell_5_3_4 Maryland Terrapins football_cell_5_3_5 Maryland Terrapins football_cell_5_3_6 Maryland Terrapins football_cell_5_3_7 Maryland Terrapins football_cell_5_3_8

See also Maryland Terrapins football_section_30

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