The Washington Times - September 9, 2008, 09:36AM

Loyal reader Slatter brought up an interesting point yesterday —- just how rare it is for Maryland‘s defense to be eviscerated at home.

For all the complaints defensive coordinator Chris Cosh generates, at the very least his unit has played respectably at home.


Anyway, that has a chance to change on Saturday, when the Fightin’ Jeff Tedfords come to town. California just hung half a hundred plus 16 on Washington State in Pullman, and while there’s a long trip east and Maryland should be better than the Cougars, there’s still a chance things could be unpleasant.

Perhaps as unpleasant as at any time in Ralph Friedgen‘s tenure. Maryland has never given up more than 38 points at home under the big fella. The last time the Terps yielded 40 (or 50) at home was a 59-7 loss on a Thursday night to Florida State in 2000.

Anyway, here’s the full list of games Maryland has surrendered at least 31 points at Byrd. Four were under former defensive coordinator Gary Blackney‘s watch, and three came since Cosh was hired. All but one occurred between 2005 and 2007.

Year Opponent Result
Wake Forest L, 38-24
2002 Florida State L, 37-10
2007 Boston College  W, 42-35 
2005 Virginia W, 45-33
2005 West Virginia L, 31-19
2005 Boston College L, 31-16
2007 West Virginia L, 31-14

It’s interesting that Maryland actually won two of these games. Another oddball stat is that no nonconference opponent has managed more than 31 points against a Friedgen-coached Maryland team at Byrd —- or a Ron Vanderlinden team, either.

The last nonconference opponent to score more than 31 points at Byrd was Penn State, which administered a 70-7 thumping in 1993 to help send that lopsided series into permanent hiatus.

So is a full-fledged rout coming? Who’s to say? But if it does, it will be one of the ugliest things seen by Maryland fans in quite some time.

—- Patrick Stevens