COLLEGE PARK -- University of Maryland head football coach Joe Krivak gave his annual inspirational speech, which he calls a "boom-a-lacka," Thursday after his team had a week of lackluster practices.
It certainly fired up the Maryland players yesterday, as the Terp beat Wake Forest, 41-13, at Byrd Stadium. The players gave Krivak the game ball.
Krivak gave a speech to the Terps last season against Wake Forest, and the Terps won, 27-7.
Krivak downplayed the speech.
"These kids are in college and they are intelligent enough to know what is going on," said Krivak. "I thought we were a little tired from the two previous games, which were very physical. So we changed practice around a little, cutting down on the practice time. I didn't know if it was going to work, but we had to try something. We didn't want the guys coming out standing around going through the motions."
But the players said it was an emotional speech.
"He got all red in the face, and his eyes got real big," said Maryland quarterback Scott Zolak. "He kind of woke us up. The guys saw him get all excited, and they were that way, too."
Place-kicker Dan DeArmas said: "He told us that nobody picked us to win in the first six games, and we won three and should have won four. He told us we still had a chance to have a winning season and we should care. We had some terrible practices last week.
"I've never seen the coach like that. It was very emotional and in a very positive sense. He let everybody know how he felt. Believe me, there were a lot of wide-eyed players when he was finished."
* Krivak hasn't talked to his players much about the upcomin four consecutive road games to finish the season, but the Maryland players see it as a great opportunity.
"I like to get out on the road every once in a while," said Maryland cornerback Scott Rosen. "But four games in a row could be tough. Getting wins against Duke and North Carolina are important for us heading into the final strengths."
"It will be a challenge," said Zolak. "I don't think a lot of peopl are too concerned with it. We're just happy to be playing, and we're having a lot of fun this season."
* Maryland scored on its first two possessions yesterday, quite a switch from the rest of the year, when the Terps averaged only two touchdowns a game.
The most surprised people were Maryland's defensive players.
"I loved it," said Rosen. "People had been doing it to us the pas two years, so it was nice doing it to somebody else. It gave our defense a rest."
Terps linebacker Scott Whittier said: "Our defense was stuffin people and our offense was stuffing the ball down Wake Forest's throat. That's football, man."
* Maryland's 41 points yesterday were the most since a 41-38 victory over North Carolina two years ago. Before that, Maryland beat Virginia, 45-34, on Nov. 24, 1984. . . . The 433 total offensive yards were the most by Maryland this season.