The Washington Times - September 27, 2009, 10:41AM

Loyal reader fearthenoodle asked via the D1scourse Twitter feed yesterday for a comparison of the points Maryland has already surrendered off turnovers to the program’s recent past.

And as promised, here it is (*-two team safeties in 2000):

SEE RELATED:


Year TOs   
Opp. Pts.   
Opp. TD   
Opp. FG   
1998 24 57 6 5
1999 19 51 6 3
2000 22 49* 6 1
2001 18 48 6 2
2002 25 54 7 2
2003 18 38 5 1
2004 25 77 10 1
2005    
25 83 11 2
2006 23 66 9 1
2007 17 43 4 5
2008 25 68 9 2
2009 13 61 8 2

Those numbers pretty much speak for themselves. But there’s some analysis to offer here.

The Terps have given away nearly as many points in four games as they did in 13 a year ago. They’ve already raced past the generosity of their 2007 counterparts. Even the sub-.500 outfits in 2004 and 2005 didn’t roll up their errors at this rate.

Friedgen’s teams have never given away more than 13 scores off turnovers. His first three teams didn’t even crack double digits in giveaways. But this one has.

And before long, this will rate as the most generous Maryland team in recent memory. For a team with some significant personnel issues, that isn’t a useful virtue.

Patrick Stevens