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by BOB PARASILITI | October 21, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It started out as a showdown for national visibility for the University of Maryland football team. It ended up as a countdown to disappointment. If the Terrapins proved anything, it's that they can't be considered a charity case. Maryland's defense did everything it could to keep the Terps in Thursday night's nationally televised game with No. 3 Virginia Tech, but the offense refused to take handouts in a 28-9 loss before the second largest crowd in Byrd Stadium history.
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by BOB PARASILITI | October 3, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It was time to cue the scary music. There were a little more than eight minutes remaining in the game. The University of Maryland football team was leading was close to the lead. And then suddenly, the defense hit the Twilight Zone. The doors flew off the bus as if it were spinning in the Wizard of Oz's tornado. It happened against Clemson in Week 2 of the season and again against West Virginia in Week 3. But Saturday, in Week 5 against Virginia, Maryland answered the bell and locked the doors.
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By BOB PARASILITI | September 18, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. It's time to strap in, keep your seat cushions in the upright position and your hands inside the car at Byrd Stadium. There is a long ride ahead for the University of Maryland football team, and expect it to be bumpy. "Things cold get a lot worse before they get better," said Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen. "We've been here before. We were 1-2 and then won 10 games. " But the Terps have never been in this spot before.
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by BOB PARASILITI | September 16, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After last Saturday, Ralph Friedgen decided to become Roger Ebert with a whistle. The University of Maryland football coach decided to watch and rate a film. It wasn't a comedy, a horror flick or a mystery, and yet, it was all three combined. It was the game film from Maryland's 28-24 loss to Clemson. But instead of giving the Terps' cinematic effort a thumbs-up or thumbs-down sign, it was more like the palm pointing straight down in a "y-ahh" motion.
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By BOB PARASILITI | September 14, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. ? It was the University of Maryland's version of the infamous "Heidi" game. In NFL circles, that's the running television joke referring to when a network cut away from a game before it was over to show the movie "Heidi. " It caused many red-faced moments, both in embarrassment and anger, ever since. For the Terrapins, that same feeling came last weekend against Clemson. The clock said there was seven minutes remaining in the game and Maryland stopped playing.
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By BOB PARASILITI | September 11, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. As tortoises - or in this case, Terrapins - go, the University of Maryland had the style down pat. Slow and steady wins the race. Stay true to the offense and defense and most of the time, you'll win games. On Saturday, though, they met a hare that beat them by a hair. Clemson threw its game into the passing lane and used its greatest asset - its speed - to knock the Terps back in their shell to pull out a stinging 28-24 victory before more than 50,000 fans at Byrd Stadium.
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by BOB PARASILITI | September 8, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Mario Merrills' wish came true on Saturday. "I would love to get the ball 25 to 30 times a game," said the University of Maryland's new starting tailback at last month's media day. "I think I can add something to the offense. " Somebody was listening. Merrills was the beneficiary of every single one of the carries he asked for - all 30 of them - in his first start. And he really did something for the Terrapins' offense, too, going for 149 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion in Maryland's 23-20 victory over Navy.
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by BOB PARASILITI | November 28, 2004
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sam Hollenbach decided to give Maryland one more chance. On Saturday, he was rewarded for his patience and perseverance when the Terrapins decided to give the sophomore quarterback his first chance. Both sides made out for it in the long run. Hollenbach got his first start of the season in the final game of the year and gave Maryland a methodical lift to finish the season on a high note with a 13-7 win over Wake Forest at Byrd Stadium in a game which had more pride than prosperity at stake.
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by BOB PARASILITI | November 26, 2004
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - All that's left of the University of Maryland football season resembles the leftovers from Thursday's turkey. There is very little left on the bones, but with a little creativity you can make something fulfilling out of the scraps. The most appetizing thing left for the Terps is Saturday's finale against Wake Forest at Byrd Stadium. Maryland has been starving for positive feedback for most of the season, which makes this formality of a game into a seven-course meal of possibilities.
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by BOB PARASILITI | November 2, 2004
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It's been said many times ... "Speed kills. " Over the years, the overall quickness of the Florida State football team has left the University of Maryland on death row. On Saturday, the Terrapins enabled then-No. 5 Florida State to use that speed to commit suicide. Maryland turned the Seminoles' fleet-footed ability against them, forcing FSU to go from race leader to pace chaser in the Terps' stunning 20-17 victory at Byrd Stadium - their first win in 15 tries against the powerhouse program.
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