The Washington Times - October 24, 2008, 02:05PM

Today turned out to be a great opportunity to empty out the notebook.

Because of space issues and the confirmation of Kevin Barnes‘ season-ending injury, I had two stories to fit into one spot in our online-only Saturday edition.

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Which means they’re both running online-only.

The one just put up about a half-hour ago concerns Maryland’s desire to become bowl-eligible by the time tomorrow’s game is through. That would be a significant lift for the Terps, in part because they would not have questions about bowl eligibility lingering.

As much as you might not believe this, writing about such matters tends to drag on and distract from other interesting things. And the longer it takes a team to get to six wins, the more players want that tired storyline to go away, too.

So the net result for readers if Maryland wins tomorrow – more interesting things to read beyond the tired, old “Maryland can become bowl-eligible…” and more engaged players who aren’t beaten down by questions about whether they can get six wins.

Anyway, here’s a rundown of Maryland’s performance in games that would make it bowl-eligible since 1986 – the year that started a dry spell of one postseason appearance in 15 years:

1988: @Virginia 24, Maryland 23

1990: Maryland 35, @Virginia 30

1995: Clemson 17, @Maryland 0
1995: @Louisville 31, Maryland 0
1995: Maryland 30, @N.C. State 13

1996: Florida State 48, Maryland 10

1999: Duke 25, @Maryland 22
1999: @N.C. State 30, Maryland 17
1999: @Florida State 49, Maryland 10
1999: Virginia 34, @Maryland 30

2000: @North Carolina 13, Maryland 10
2000: Georgia Tech 35, @Maryland 22

2001: Maryland 20, @Georgia Tech 17 (OT)

2002: Maryland 59, @North Carolina 7

2003: @Georgia Tech 7, Maryland 3
2003: @Maryland 59, North Carolina 21

2005: Boston College 31, @Maryland 16
2005: @N.C. State 20, Maryland 14

2006: @Maryland 27, Florida State 24

2007: @Florida State 24, Maryland 16
2007: Maryland 37, @N.C. State 0

Patrick Stevens