Football's Midnight Madness
After Maryland lost at Virginia by the stunning margin of 31 points on Oct. 4, the team made its way back to College Park in the wee hours of the morning. At the end of the return trip, the bus headed back on campus, and Coach Ralph Friedgen had a thought: Pull the bus up to the practice field, get someone to turn on the lights and practice hard enough to flush away the feelings from the loss earlier that night.
After considering it, Friedgen decided otherwise. Facing a bye week, players needed to heal physically and mentally before they played Wake Forest on Oct. 18. If Friedgen had made the decision to practice in the middle of the night, who knows where this team would be right now? As it turned out, the Terps gave their best performance of the season in a 26-0 victory over Wake Forest two weeks later.
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