The Washington Times - September 14, 2008, 09:31AM

Jeremy Navarre got his wish. The Maryland defensive tackle won’t have to hear about why his team can’t record any sacks.

Perhaps those questions will be replaced by “Why can’t the Terps get five sacks all the time?”


Well, one reason is Maryland is unlikely to encounter many quarterbacks who spend so much time in the pocket that they start measuring for curtains. In fact, Cal quarterback Kevin Riley still might be looking for an open receiver right now.

The reality is Maryland eventually converged on Riley. Sure, he scrambled away a few times and completed some passes that probably shouldn’t have been completed. But it was a day for perhaps the Terps’ most-maligned unit – its defensive line – to feel good about itself.

Anyway, here’s the full list of Maryland’s five-sack performances since Ralph Friedgen arrived in 2001. Interestingly, it isn’t a recipe for guaranteed success in recent years:

8Troy State
11/3/01W, 47-14
8at West Virginia
10/5/02W, 48-17
6vs. Tennessee
12/31/02W, 30-3
6Wake Forest
11/27/04W, 13-7
6Virginia10/1/05W, 45-33
5Eastern Michigan
9/8/01W, 50-3
5at North Carolina
11/2/02W, 59-7
5at Northern Illinois 
8/28/03L, 20-13 (OT)
5Clemson10/4/03W, 21-7
5at Clemson
10/23/04L, 10-7
5at N.C. State
11/26/05L, 20-14
5vs. Oregon State
L, 21-14
5California9/13/08W, 35-27

So that’s a 9-4 record overall with five-plus sacks, but an even split of the eight games since the start of the 2003 season.

But, as you can see, it’s tough to blame defensive shortcomings for those losses. The Terps didn’t give up more than 21 points in any of the setbacks, and yesterday’s 27 points surrendered were the second most on a five-sack day since Friedgen arrived.

Patrick Stevens