The Washington Times - October 7, 2012, 09:26AM

Maryland has already done something none of its predecessors since at least 1997 accomplished.

Namely, win two games despite not rolling up 250 yards offense.

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The Terrapins did it for a second time Saturday, pairing a 244-yard outing against Wake Forest with an earlier 236-yard day against William & Mary.

As a point of reference, Maryland had only won four times in the previous 15 seasons when it failed to surpass 250 yards.

Expand the list to all wins with less than 300 yards, and some familiar years begin to pop up. There was the 2006 team, which was outgained in 11 games and still went 9-4. Five of its victories are on this list.

There’s the surprise 2010 team, which made the most of a favorable schedule and is on the list three times.

No other season pops up more than twice (2008), and even that gets an asterisk since three kneel downs at the end of the defeat of California brought Maryland under 300 total yards.

The full chart follows, but here’s one other interesting tidbit to glean this data: Of the Terps’ 18 victories with less than 300 yards over the previous 15 seasons, all but five came in seasons when Maryland eventually reached a bowl game.

FEWEST TOTAL YARDS IN A VICTORY, MARYLAND 1997-2012

222: at Boston College, 2010 (W, 24-21)
223: James Madison, 1998 (W, 23-15)
223: Florida State, 2006 (W, 27-24)

236: William & Mary, 2012 (W, 7-6)

244: Wake Forest, 2012 (W, 19-14)
247: North Carolina, 2001 (W, 23-7)

254: Temple, 2000 (W, 17-10)
258: Miami, 2006 (W, 14-13)
259: Temple, 1997 (W, 24-21)

270: at Florida International, 2007 (W, 26-10)
272: vs. Navy, 2010 (W, 17-14)
274: vs. Tennessee, 2002 (W, 30-3)
274: Middle Tennessee, 2006 (W, 24-10)
275: Florida International, 2006 (W, 14-10)

280: N.C. State, 2006 (W, 26-20)
284: Clemson, 2009 (W, 24-21)

294: Duke, 2010 (W, 21-16)
295: Wake Forest, 2004 (W, 13-7)
295: at Clemson, 2008 (W, 20-17)
297: California, 2008 (W, 35-27)

Patrick Stevens