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It was reflective of the unit’s No. 8 ranking nationally in total defense entering the week. And it was a reminder of the exact formula it appears Maryland must follow if it is to scratch out a surprise bowl bid in the second half of the season.

“Defensively, we stepped up today,” Edsall said. “It’s a team game, but you have to really have to take your hats off to the defense because I think more than anything they’re the ones that really kept the game in check for us for us be able to go win the game and score enough points on offense to go get the victory.”