The Washington Times - September 2, 2012, 10:19AM

This year’s first Sunday morning chart isn’t exactly complicated. And it’s frankly a bit predictable.

Nonetheless, here it is.


As Maryland walked off Byrd Stadium with a 7-6 victory over William & Mary on Saturday, it was easy (for those of a certain age, at least) to remember the last time the Terrapins won while scoring seven points or less.

That was the enthralling 1999 season opener, when a pair of Brian Kopka field goals lifted Maryland over Temple. It was also the only time prior to Saturday a freshman quarterback started for the Terps in their season opener; Calvin McCall handled the honors in ‘99, Perry Hills this year.

But the last time the Terps pulled off a win with seven points or less? That was back in 1980 in another season opener, a 7-3 triumph over Villanova.

And before that? You have to go back to 1965. In total, Maryland has won eight times when it scored seven points or less in the post-World War II era.

It’s the first such win in 13 years.

The second such victory in nearly 32 years.

And the third such victory in almost 47 years.

So the 31,321 at Byrd Stadium yesterday saw a fairly rare occurrence. Here’s guessing most of them could handle not seeing something similar any time soon.


6: Maryland 6, Virginia Tech 0 (1946)
6: Maryland 6, Wake Forest 0 (1956)
6: Maryland 6, Clemson 0 (1965)
6: Maryland 6, Temple 0 (1999)

7: Maryland 7, UCLA 0 (1955)
7: Maryland 7, Southern Methodist 0 (1962)
7: Maryland 7, Villanova 3 (1980)
7: Maryland 7, William & Mary 6 (2012)

—- Patrick Stevens