Terps hope win over Rutgers is start of something big

Updated: October 4, 2007, 6:29 PM ET
By Jorge Milian | Special to
After back-to-back losses, including a devastating collapse during a 31-24 overtime loss to Wake Forest on Sept. 22, Maryland's season appeared to be headed in the wrong direction.

But despite the loss of starting quarterback Jordan Steffy, the Terrapins (3-2, 0-1 ACC) pulled out one of the biggest victories in the Ralph Friedgen era by defeating then-No. 10 Rutgers 34-24 last Saturday on the road. It marked Maryland's first victory against a top-10 opponent since the Terps' win against Florida State in 2004 and was the school's first road win against a top-10 team since 1990.

"It's a testament to the character of our players," Friedgen said. "We were pretty down after the Wake Forest game. I told them we had to put things behind us, just like we have to put [the Rutgers game] behind us. "One game a season doesn't make. They rallied together and played very hard, played with their hearts. I was very proud of them. It wasn't an easy thing to do, and yet we were able to do it. How this turns out is going to depend on how we continue to work and improve. If we're going to right the ship or not depends a lot on how we do this week."