The Washington Times - September 5, 2012, 11:32AM

So what was the biggest surprise to Maryland coach Randy Edsall about his team’s 7-6 defeat of William & Mary.

Try the four giveaways, all committed by true freshmen.

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“I think the turnovers was what was troubling,” Edsall said Wednesday. “We didn’t expect to have four turnovers. That was what was troubling and what we have to eliminate.”

Considering the last time Maryland beat a major-college opponent while committing four turnovers was in 1998 against Duke, it’s safe to say a rerun of that particular problem will probably be crushing for the inexperienced Terrapins going forward.

A side note on this issue: Maryland has won twice despite committing four turnovers since that ‘98 defeat of Duke. Both came against William & Mary, in 2006 and 2012.

MOST TURNOVERS BY MARYLAND SINCE 1999

6: Florida State, 2002 (L, 37-10)

5: at Florida State, 1999 (L, 49-10)
5: at West Virginia, 2004 (L, 19-16, OT)
5: at Virginia Tech, 2004 (L, 55-6)
5: at West Virginia, 2006 (L, 45-24)
5: Rutgers, 2009 (L, 34-13)
5: Virginia, 2011 (L, 31-13)
5: at N.C. State, 2011 (L, 56-41)

4: at N.C. State, 1999 (L, 30-17)
4: at Florida State, 2001 (L, 52-31)
4: at Georgia Tech, 2003 (L, 7-3)
4: Boston College, 2005 (L, 31-16)
4: at N.C. State, 2005 (L, 20-14)
4: William & Mary, 2006 (W, 27-14)
4: Florida State, 2008 (L, 37-3)
4: Middle Tennessee, 2009 (L, 32-31)
4: Virginia, 2009 (L, 20-9)
4: Florida State, 2010 (L, 30-16)
4: William & Mary, 2012 (W, 7-6)

Patrick Stevens