Here’s a first Ralph Friedgen wanted no part of.
Yesterday marked the first time in his tenure that Maryland ended a game minus-10 in turnover margin for the season.
In fact, the Terrapins got to minus-10 on only one occasion in his first eight seasons. Maryland lost a fumble in the third quarter of its 2004 season finale against Wake Forest, only to pick up a fumble later on to finish that gloomy season at minus-9.
And so in eight seasons, Maryland was in a 10-turnover hole for a year for exactly 18 minutes and 26 seconds.
The deficit grew that large for the final 16:59 yesterday.
That number —- like the ghastly overall margin —- has a chance to balloon even further in the final eight games.
—- Patrick Stevens