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Flashback to 2006?

Gather a bunch of Maryland fans and just mention a few words: Wake Forest … 2006 … 38-24. They’ll know.

Maryland’s 30 seniors remember that game, and they remember the feeling they had after losing an opportunity to win the Atlantic Division title. Players had trouble speaking after that loss. Ralph Friedgen said after the game, “We didn’t show up tonight. It was like we didn’t want to be there.”

Maryland senior defensive lineman Jeremy Navarre said the seniors talked about that game on Monday in a meeting. “We were in the same position we were two years ago and we chocked and we lost,” he said. “That’s on everybody’s mind.

“It is kind of our motivation. We don’t want it to happen again. All 30 seniors were there two years ago. We learned from that. I had two more years after that. This is much more important, because this is it.”

Maryland center Edwin Williams said: “At that time we didn’t realize or believed how special we could have been. We were thinking, ‘Can we even win? Are we good enough to do this?’ This year, we have a lot of positive people who really want to get better.”

Will the experience of 2006’s failure against Wake Forest help Maryland on Saturday or not?

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 12:46 PM ET
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Damn it, I was hoping no one would bring up Wake 06. Yes this game is almost identical to that one, as is this season almost identical (so far) to 06. Both this game and the Wake game were 7:45 games, and we were waiting on another game prior to our game to figure out exactly what our game meant (in 06 it was the miami-BC game on Thanksgiving night).

Fridge would do his team a lot of good if he forbid players from having any access to the BC-Wake score on saturday.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 20, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

The BC/Wake score really doesn't matter. MD has to beat FSU regardless of the BC/Wake score. I don't think letting them know makes that much of a difference. In fact I think it's better to tell them. They are all going to be thinking it anyways. If BC wins it's "BC took care of business now we need to do the same thing" if Wake wins it's "this is it men, 60 minutes for the division title".

As for the 06 Wake game the best thing about it was getting on a plan for a week in the Dominican that next morning and knowing I was less that 24 hours from All Inclusive drinking...

Posted by: Lee26 | November 20, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

MD has to beat FSU regardless of the BC/Wake score.

Posted by: Lee26 | November 20, 2008 1:20 PM

False. If Wake beats Boston College and then we beat Boston College, the outcome of our game against FSU won't matter.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 20, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Barno you're right I saw something earlier which said that and it momentarily confused me. 3 way ties are good for MD. If its a 3 way tie MD will have one 1 of the last two and has the best division record. Head to head ties are bad for MD. A head to head tie would mean a tie with BC or FSU who MD would have lost to to reach that point.

Moral of story. Win both games beat Miami go to the Orange Bowl and beat Cincy or Utah and end the season ranked in the top ten. Giggity.

Posted by: Lee26 | November 20, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I think that quote was supposed to say 'choked'.

'Chocked' is quite a different word.

Posted by: thebigtexas | November 20, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

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