The Washington Times - September 27, 2009, 10:11AM

Here’s a first Ralph Friedgen wanted no part of.

Yesterday marked the first time in his tenure that Maryland ended a game minus-10 in turnover margin for the season.

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In fact, the Terrapins got to minus-10 on only one occasion in his first eight seasons. Maryland lost a fumble in the third quarter of its 2004 season finale against Wake Forest, only to pick up a fumble later on to finish that gloomy season at minus-9.

And so in eight seasons, Maryland was in a 10-turnover hole for a year for exactly 18 minutes and 26 seconds.

The deficit grew that large for the final 16:59 yesterday.

That number – like the ghastly overall margin – has a chance to balloon even further in the final eight games.

Patrick Stevens