Thursday, October 20, 2005

Will the Fridge get some Revenge?

Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen and his Terps welcome 3rd ranked Virginia Tech to College Park, tonight for ESPN's Thursday Night Football. This will be their second meeting as ACC teams, the first time at Maryland. The Fridge is hoping for a different outcome than what happened at Lane Stadium in 2004.

Last year's game got off to a bad start for Maryland and never got better. Four first half turnovers by Maryland were converted into 24 points and Virginia Tech had three other first-half scoring drives en route to a 41-3 halftime lead and an ultimate 55-6 win at Lane Stadium.

At the end of the first half, with Tech already leading 38-3, coach Frank Beamer called a timeout to set up a field. Friedgen was vocally upset about the Hokies adding on to an already insurmountable margin, but maybe his frustration had to do with the fact Maryland could do nothing on offense.

The Terps turned the ball over five times in the game (four interceptions, one fumble) and did so mostly in its own end. The Hokies' average starting spot in the first half was the Maryland 46-yard line and for the game, its own 48.

Will the Fridge get some revenge for the butt whipping put on by Beamer and the Hokies? Probably not, but tonight's game should be the best of the Thursday nights to date. Hokies win a hard fought battle, 31-20, and continue their march towards Jacksonville.


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