In a rematch from last season, the Terrapins did not far so well. The California Bears defeated Maryland 52-13. The Terps had upset Cal last year and caused a small You Tube sensation with Kevin Barnes hit on Jahvid Best causing the Best to vomit on field. Too bad Barnes is now on the Redskins.
Joking aside, Ralph Friedgen kept his team in the game for the first couple of drives, but played it safe and punted away. The defense did it's work and held Cal to no scores early. But just 3 drives in, they let Best break out for a 73 yard touchdown. Maryland then fumbled the kickoff and Best ran it in for a short score. All told, that was the end. The Terps tried to come back, but only got as close as 14-6 before Cal broke loose. You could have stopped watching at halftime.
For unranked Maryland, starting with a loss to begin the season wasn't so bad. However being blown out is. Friedgen should be able to get his team back on track in the coming weeks, but this opportunity to break into the Top 25 is gone. It will be much tougher to do so the rest of the season.