Worst Losses Under Friedgen
We have interesting poll results so far. One way to look at it is this: 88 percent give Ralph Friedgen a grade of 'C' or worse even though Friedgen has led Maryland to a 4-2 record, with victories over two nationally ranked opponents (including the preseason ACC favorite), and even though he lost his starting quarterback in Week One.
Again, that is just one way to look at it. Another way is to say Friedgen has suffered the two worst losses of his head coaching career in the first half of this season. Here is my list of the worst losses for Friedgen at Maryland.
1) 31-0 at Virginia, Oct. 4, 2008
Maybe the Cavaliers rally and make a season of their lost season and then this loss doesn’t look as ghastly by late November. Right now, it stands as the worst because the Cavaliers had the nation’s worst scoring offense and had only scored three offensive touchdowns in their previous four games combined. What’s more, Maryland was shutout for the first time since 2004.
2) 24-14 at Middle Tennessee, Sept. 6, 2008
The Terps didn’t show up for this one. They made a depleted, undersized, middle-of-the-pack Sun Belt team look like a strong team. If not for two big plays, Maryland would have been shut out. QB Joe Craddock picked Maryland's D apart all night.
3) 55-6 at Virginia Tech, Nov. 18, 2004
Complete domination. The Hokies physically dominated Maryland in every conceivable way. I covered this one. It served as the exclamation mark on a season that ended with a 5-6 record and no bowl.
4) 20-13 (OT) at Northern Illinois, Aug. 28, 2003
This loss didn’t look as bad in the coming months and years because Northern Illinois finished with a 10-2 record. NIU was no MTSU. But it looked pretty bad at the time. It came a year after the Terps lost to Notre Dame, 22-0, to open the 2002 season and played into the perception that Friedgen started seasons very slowly. Maryland still won 10 games in 2003.
5) 16-0 at Virginia, Nov. 6, 2004
I covered this one and what I remember was that the score was not indicative of how thoroughly the Cavs dominated the Terps. Maybe some fans want to put the Notre Dame loss here, but being shutout by a rival late in the season I think strengthens the case for this loss being in the top five.
Dishonorable mention: 22-0 vs. Notre Dame, Aug. 25, 2002
Anyone have any others? Did I miss any?
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