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Topic - Randy Edsall
Maryland coach Randy Edsall and Marshall coach Doc Holliday spoke to the media Thursday about the Dec. 27 Military Bowl, which Edsall called an "honor" to play in. Watch more above.
"We're going to make sure our players have a good time," coach Randy Edsall said. "This is a reward for them and the hard work they've put forth last winter, the spring, summer and during the season. All the things that they had to overcome to get us to this point."
Maryland finished 7-5 this season to earn its first bowl bid under third-year coach Randy Edsall. The last time the Terrapins played in the postseason, they beat East Carolina when the Military Bowl was held in the nation's capital.
Coach Randy Edsall and the Maryland Terrapins officially accepted a bid to play Marshall in the 2013 Military Bowl, the program announced Sunday night. Details here.
The definitive destination as to where Maryland will play should come Sunday, one day after the ACC championship game has been played.
Maryland has guaranteed its first bowl and first winning season of Randy Edsall's tenure, but does that give them the edge on the recruiting trail, too?
C.J. Brown ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more, and Maryland beat North Carolina State 41-21 on Saturday in its final Atlantic Coast Conference game.
Randy Edsall's Maryland football team will enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, but will also be focused on NC State and the ACC finale approaching on Saturday.
With the score tied at 26, Eagles senior Nate Freese was called upon to kick a 52-yard field goal. He missed — for the first time all year. But Maryland coach Randy Edsall requested a timeout an instant before the kick. The second try went right through the uprights as time expired.
Now that Maryland has finally gotten its coveted sixth win, the Terrapins intend to use the final two weeks of the regular season to make a positive impression on bowl committees around the country.
Injuries hit Maryland hard and many thought a bowl game was out of reach, coach Randy Edsall said, but now the focus is on moving forward.
The Terrapins' 27-24 victory over Virginia Tech was a season-salvaging event. Maryland had seen its 21-7 lead erased and overcame a pass interference call in overtime that led to a Hokies field goal when it appeared Virginia Tech would be held scoreless.
As they prepare to face Virginia Tech on Saturday, the Terrapins have dropped three in a row and four of five. They've been stuck on five victories for a month and still need a sixth to become bowl-eligible.
Two interceptions, two lost fumbles, several dropped passes and shoddy tackling all contributed to Maryland's third straight loss and fourth in five games.
"Now is a good time to get that sixth win," defensive end Zeke Riser said Tuesday. "We started 4-0, and it was like, we're going to get to six really quickly. It hasn't worked out that way."
"It's going to be a great experience for them, but as I told the players; they'll be plenty of time for them to enjoy themselves before we practice and practice hard and with a purpose," Edsall said. "We're working to try to get win No. 8."
"We're going to make sure our players have a good time," Edsall said. "This is a reward for them and the hard work they've put forth last winter, the spring, summer and during the season. All the things that they had to overcome to get us to this point."