The Washington Times - November 17, 2011, 12:31PM

Going back to 1997 – almost 15 full seasons – Maryland has given up 500 yards on 14 occasions.

Three of them have come in the Terrapins’ last five games. It’s the first time since 1999 that Maryland has surrendered three 500-yard days, hardly a ringing endorsement of the effectiveness of the schemes installed by first-year coach Randy Edsall.

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In fairness, injuries and suspension have depleted Maryland’s defense to varying degrees throughout the season. But it also doesn’t entirely account for yielding consecutive 500-yard outings for the first time since the Mark Duffner years.

Perhaps just as jolting is the reality the Terps had only four such defensive displays in a decade under former coach Ralph Friedgen. Three of those happened to occur over Friedgen’s final two years.

In any case, here’s the rundown of Maryland’s worst total defense days since 1997 as it enters the final two weeks of the season:

659: vs. Florida, 2001 (L, 56-23)

613: Florida State, 2000 (L, 59-7)

587: at Georgia Tech, 1999 (L, 49-31)
576: Clemson, 2011 (L, 56-45)

559: at Florida State, 1997 (L, 50-7)

547: Georgia Tech, 2000 (L, 35-22)
544:
at California, 2009 (L, 52-13)
542:
Clemson, 1999 (L, 42-30)
527: Virginia, 2011 (L, 31-13)

516: at Wake Forest, 2009 (L, 42-32)
508:
vs. Notre Dame, 2011 (L, 45-21)
504:
at N.C. State, 1999 (L, 30-17)
504: at Miami, 2010 (L, 26-20)
501:
at Georgia Tech, 1997 (L, 37-18)

Patrick Stevens