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Topic - Randy Edsall
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."
With standout quarterback Tajh Boyd leading the way, Clemson scored three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes and pulled away to a 40-27 victory Saturday.
The Terrapins were 5-1 this year before their top two receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, each broke a leg last week in a 34-10 loss at Wake Forest. Diggs and Long are among nine players out for the season, six on defense.
"To come down here and finish it like we did today, I think, puts an exclamation point on who these kids are and what they're all about," coach Randy Edsall said.
"With what we do, (Brown) reads it, does the things the defense gives him and executes," Edsall said. "For whatever reason, it seemed like they wanted to take away the running back, and gave him the opportunities, and he took advantage of them."