The Washington Times - September 9, 2008, 05:46PM

Loyal reader Oakland Al pointed out something last night that was echoed throughout today’s interviews in College Park.

For all of Maryland’s maddening inconsistency, they have a way of bouncing back from ugly losses the next week.

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Now, “ugly loss” is highly subjective, but these six games are probably the worst the Terps have endured under Ralph Friedgen. In the next game, Maryland is a solid 5-1.

Now, the list is debatable, and there are some other eggs laid by the Terps in the last few years that could be included. But there’s enough of a history to at least pause before declaring California will roll into College Park and encounter little resistance upon arrival.

* In 2002, Maryland could barely do anything on offense and was blanked 22-0 by Notre Dame in the Kickoff Classic. After a two-week hiatus, the Terps pummeled Akron 44-14.

* Later that season, the Terps were drubbed 48-13 in a visit to Virginia, snapping an eight-game winning streak. Wake Forest then came to town for the regular-season finale, and Maryland cruised 32-14.

* In the 2003 opener, Maryland found itself in a trap game at an underrated Northern Illinois team and ultimately fell 20-13 in overtime. The next week brought a trip to Florida State and a 37-10 loss to the eventual ACC champs.

* The Terps were destroyed 55-6 at Virginia Tech late in the 2004 season, ensuring the first losing season in Friedgen’s tenure. But faced with a meaningless game, the Terps rebounded to upend Wake Forest 13-7 in the finale at Byrd Stadium.

* A potential defining moment of the 2007 season was the pick-six thrown at Wake Forest that helped turn a 24-3 lead into a 31-24 overtime loss. But the next week, the Terps stunned Rutgers 34-24 in Piscataway.

* The Terps were 4-5 last season after an ugly 16-13 loss at North Carolina. Yet inexplicably, the Terps produced one of their most impressive offensive performances of the last four-plus seasons seven days later and stunned Boston College 42-35.

Patrick Stevens