The Washington Times - September 6, 2008, 08:09AM

In the course of Thursday’s session with Ralph Friedgen, he mentioned how his team fell asleep in front of “about five people” last year at Florida International.

Unfortunately, three of them were beat writers from Baltimore/D.C. And one of them didn’t even come in a night early to enjoy South Florida.


So while I continue my bungling of travel by leaving the morning of the game, Maryland would like to reverse its record of struggling on the road against those smaller schools.

Here’s a look at the five games the Terps have played under Friedgen at programs that at the time were not in a power conference – both the halftime and final scores are included:

2003 at Northern IllinoisDown, 10-7 L, 20-13 (OT) 
2003at Eastern Michigan Up, 16-10W, 37-13
2005vs. NavyDown, 14-6W, 23-20
2005at TempleUp, 17-7W, 38-7
2007at Florida Int’lUp, 16-7W, 26-10

Now, the Navy, Temple and Florida International games were all in large, off-campus stadiums. And both ‘03 Northern Illinois and ‘05 Navy were pretty good.

But there’s a couple of stinkers in there, too. And Maryland didn’t exactly play all that great against those teams.

One other quick stat before packing the laptop up to consider:

* In Ralph’s first seven games against non-BCS opponents (‘01 Eastern Michigan to ‘03 Citadel), Maryland’s average lead at halftime was 25.9 points. The Terps were 6-1 in those games.

* In Ralph’s 10 games against non-BCS opponents since then (‘03 Eastern Michigan to ‘08 Delaware), Maryland’s average lead at halftime was 7.3 points. The Terps went 10-0 in those games.

Patrick Stevens