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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.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 30, 2008; 2:21 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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EP if the team gets cocky again the Fridge should play the "Hoo" PR guy saying "And that's another Cavalier first down!". I've had nightmares about that? FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | October 30, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Reminiscent of 1984 and the "miracle in miami"...coach Ross said if Terps lost (down 0-31 at half), when they got back to College Park, he was turning on the lights and practicing.

Ralph was an assistant on that team.

Posted by: johnbecka | October 30, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Check out Terp Ticker – terpticker.blogspot.com – for the latest news links, videos, polls and commentary about MD athletics. Go Terps!

Posted by: TerpTicker | October 30, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Travis Hawkins committed to UMD today. Him and Tate should be beasts in the backfield in a couple years.

Posted by: dcsportsfan13 | October 30, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

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