UM unbeaten in Gator Bowl

January 01, 2004|By Mike Klingaman and Paul McCardell

Maryland has never lost a Gator Bowl. The Terps are 2-0-1 in games in Jacksonville, Fla.

Jan. 1, 1948: Maryland 20, Georgia 20 - The Terrapins blew a late 20-7 lead against the Bulldogs, who had the ball on Maryland's 4-yard line as time ran out. Lu Gambino, a future Baltimore Colt, rushed for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns for Maryland, 7-2-2 under first-year coach Jim Tatum.

Jan. 1, 1950: Maryland 20, Missouri 7 - Bob Shemonski ran for two touchdowns, and Ed Modzelewski ran for one as the Terps finished 9-1, their best record in 57 years. Bob Ward, a 180-pound lineman and the game's Most Valuable Player, led a gang-tackling defense that picked off three Missouri passes and recovered five fumbles.

Dec. 29, 1975: Maryland 13, Florida 0 - Stymied by a swarming defense and a steady rain, the Gators fell to the underdog Terps. Mike Sochko kicked two field goals and Steve Atkins rushed for 127 yards for Maryland (9-2-1), which kept Florida from crossing midfield until the second half.

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