COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Florida International has showed this season that it can compete against the big boys.
Winning has proven to be far more difficult.
In the opener, FIU held visiting Rutgers to eight first downs and led in the fourth quarter before falling 19-14. That wasn't nearly as frustrating as last week's game at Texas A&M, when the Golden Panthers yielded 21 straight fourth-quarter points in a 27-20 defeat.
There was little doubt what the focus was at practice heading into Saturday's game at Maryland.
"This whole week has been about finishing," standout center Brad Serini said. "That's what we need to do."
If the Golden Panthers are counting on Maryland (2-1) being overconfident, they're wrong. Even though the Terrapins easily handled FIU in 2007 and realize they're playing at home against a winless team from the Sun Belt Conference, they aren't taking this game lightly.
"They've hung in there with some pretty good teams, Rutgers and Texas A&M," Terps linebacker Alex Wujciak said. "We watched some film on them, and they are definitely better than people think."