- The Washington Times - Monday, September 8, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND » IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

NFL season kicks off: Some early observations from Week 1 of the NFL season — Bill Belichick finally stops putting Tom Brady on the injury report only to have Brady go down with a knee injury. Bill, meet karma. … Falcons rookie quarterback Matt Ryan threw a 62-yard touchdown pass on the first throw of his NFL career. Somewhere, Michael Vick is smiling. And by smiling that means printing license plates and folding laundry. … Donovan McNabb threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns running a variation of the Redskins‘ new West Coast offense. It’s like the Redskins’ offense against the Giants — only the exact opposite.

Maryland stunned by Middle Tennessee: Even after a close win over Delaware, it was hard to see this upset coming. With fan favorite Chris Turner starting at quarterback, the Terps’ offense was unable to sustain any drives, with its only two touchdowns coming on long plays. Meanwhile, the only thing more embarrassing about Maryland’s performance was the broadcast. Comcast SportsNet veteran Chick Hernandez was, to be generous, poor as a play-by-play man. And memo to former career backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb, an MTSU alum — referring to a team you no longer play for as “we” or “us” or “our” is both sad and pathetic.

TWT FIVE » RALPH FRIEDGEN‘S WORST LOSSES

1. Middle Tennessee 24, Maryland 14, 2008: The second loss to a non-BCS conference team in Friedgen’s tenure came a week after the Terps narrowly defeated another small conference school in Delaware.

2. Northern Illinois 20, Maryland 13, 2003: Coming off back-to-back high-profile bowl games, no one saw this coming. The Huskies, who featured future pro Michael Turner, won on an interception in overtime.

3. Virginia Tech 55, Maryland 6, 2004: The blowout ended the Terps’ bowl chances and featured Jordan Steffy suffering the first of many injuries that would plague his Maryland career.

4. Virginia 48, Maryland 13, 2002: The Terps could have reached a second consecutive BCS bowl game, but a blowout in Charlottesville ended their hopes.

5. N.C. State 20, Maryland 14, 2005: Needing a win to become bowl eligible, Friedgen’s Terps instead missed a bowl for a second straight season.

HE SAID WHAT?

“It was one of those things when they threw the flag it was destiny. You felt like we were supposed to win this game.” — BYU’s Jan Jorgensen on Washington’s Jake Locker being called for an excessive celebration penalty after scoring in Saturday’s game

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