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Ten Things We Learned

1) Jahvid Best is not Reggie Bush.

2) Do not board a cross-country flight that lands 20 hours before you are scheduled to begin any type of athletic event.

3) Do not get in the way of Kevin Barnes if you want to hold onto your lunch.

4) Da’Rel Scott is one of the better backs around.

5) It will be difficult to pry the starting quarterback job away from Chris Turner.

6) Maryland’s field goal kicker next week will not be named Obi.

7) Maryland will be consistently inconsistent all season.

8) Do not schedule a noon game, even against a nationally ranked opponent, if you want to fill the upper deck at Byrd Stadium.

9) For an update on current events, don’t turn to Ralph Friedgen, who didn’t even know Ohio State and USC were playing tonight.

10) LaMont Jordan is not the president of the Ralph Friedgen Fan Club.

Anyone have any others?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 8:35 PM ET
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You can not fly East the day before a game landing 20 hours before the game and expect to play well. That decision was idiotic. You can do it flying West - but not East - as you lose time with the time change.

Posted by: MikeR | September 13, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

The Maryland prevent defense only prevents a comfortable winning margin.

Posted by: zman | September 13, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

We learned that Jahvid Best was drinking Gatorade prior to being DESTROYED by Barnes. Eric, PLEASE post a link of 'The Hit'. New nickname for Barnes: Gatorade. Meaning when he hits you, you will vomit up your Gatorade. Awesome!!!

Posted by: V | September 13, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

10) LaMont Jordan is not the president of the Ralph Friedgen Fan Club

How ironic that the Fan Questiono of the Day on the scoreboard was "Who is the greatest running back in MD history?" LaMont won over Rick Badjancek (hope i got it right, maybe i should just say the human bowling ball), Charlie Wyosocki, and Steve Atkins. $1 to every student at the game who had even heard of the other three. Only reason LaMont got 70% of the vote! I, along with others, certainly lost a little respect for Lamont. Wonder if he has a quote for you tomorrow, Eric!!

Posted by: Dan | September 13, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Why? Please tell me why did the Terps' defense not show up in the 2nd half. Coach Cosh ought to be fired. His stupidity nearly cost us the victory.

The Terps were leading with a great 3 score cushion ... and, then Cosh plays the prevent defense. The "bend but not break" defense coughed up 2 if not 3 touch downs.

The Terps need to be more aggressive in their play calling - and, not play scared or to prevent a loss. Play to win, and even if you have the lead continue playing like you normally would. If that means you run up the score ... so, be it!

Kevin Barnes you are my hero. Thanks for the world class hit on Jahved Best. It sure rattled his cage to the point where he threw up on the field. We should have him clean it up ... just kidding!

Go Terps! And, please play to win!!

Posted by: Boomer | September 13, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Of course LaMont won. He's recent, and he was also an All-American. You can see his name up on the facade of the upper deck.

Posted by: Dlgood | September 13, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Maryland plays to the level of its competition. WE should blow out Eastern Michigan. If we don't well it is going to be a long season. Good teams play to there level of talent, not the oppositions.

Posted by: Mike | September 13, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Rewrite of #8: Please don't expect the upper deck to be filled unless we're playing Florida State.

Posted by: Mr. G | September 13, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

While we are winning, we need to get rid of the kicker. What a looser! The guy simply can't kick -- what's he like? 0-5 that is simply aweful. In the last 2 games when needed, he let the team down.

His kickoff against the Bears was awefuly!

Posted by: Alex | September 13, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, based on the comments here, I'm embarrassed by the MD fans. They just won a big game, try to show some class folks.

"Loser"?!? Never mind that you couldn't do any better. I'm betting you couldn't even get out in front of a crowd of even 50 people to attempt a field goal, much less make one. Now, maybe Egekeze is not the best option for kicker for the team right now, but thats different than being a loser, something you might know more about.

"Coach Cosh ought to be fired." Really?!? Tell me that was a joke.

Posted by: P. | September 13, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

We sure do play to the level of our competition. Makes me wanna wish we were playing Michigan next week instead of Eastern Michigan.

The hit by Barnes was awesome...never seen a guy throw up like that on the field after the hit.

Posted by: Go Terps | September 14, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Lest we not forget that CA flew 3K miles and played in 90 degree heat and high humidity. It was a 9:00 a.m. kickoff for them. Lest we not forget that the Terps beat #2 and #10 last year and finished 6-7. It was fun to see them win, even if it did become somewhat of a nail biter down the stretch, "but it changes nothing" and that's something we should know by now. Wouldn't it be nice to have a game in hand and finish that way? I watched the entire game and knew CA was going to mount a comeback because the Terps would go into "prevent" mode and stop attacking on both offense and defense. It doesn't have to be that way, kids.

Posted by: Terp Change | September 14, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

That prevent defense bothers me to no end. Time and again I've seen the soft D give up huge chunks of yards and lead to scores. What happened to actually pressuring the QB a little?

Posted by: Grant | September 14, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Your #7 That Md. will be Inconsistent may be totally off. Turner showed what he could do last year in his first season and now can be expected to show up from here on.Also the comments blaming the defense for letting Cal back in the game is totally off in my opinion.It has been a characteristic of Ralph F. For last 3 or 4 years to play extremely non aggressive offense once ahead in the third quarter;he seems to think all he has to do is play 3 and out and the other team will go away.How those joyous winners today would be moaning if one of those onside kicks had gone differently then they would be screaming for his head.

Posted by: Win | September 14, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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