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January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

15. Ralph Friedgen’s first game/season as Maryland football coach (September 1, 2001)

The Terps did not once go bowling in the 1990’s, running through two head coaches (Mark Duffner and Ron Vanderlinden) in the process. Expectations were low for the 2001 campaign-the first with former Terrapin Friedgen at the helm. Instead, the Terps rolled past North Carolina in their first game and went on to win their first (and only) ACC title since 1985 and made their only ever BCS Bowl appearance-a blowout loss to Florida in the Orange Bowl.

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