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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
Though bowl games and Maryland Terrapins have been mutually exclusive terms in the first two years under Randy Edsall, many believe that will change in 2013.  Given the fact that the Terps seemed to be headed toward becoming bowl-eligible last season until they ran out of healthy bodies -- particularly at quarterback -- winning at least six games this fall doesn't appear to be far-fetched. But how far do you think the Terps can go -- and to which bowl? I think it's fair to assume that Maryland won't go from 4-8 to a Bowl Championship Series game, though Ralph Friedgen did that in his first year after inheriting a 5-6 team loaded with NFL talent from Ron Vanderlinden in 2001.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo didn't celebrate very long after his team's bowl win over Middle Tennessee State last December. The preparation - at least mentally - had already started for the 2014 season opener against Ohio State in Baltimore. "It heightens everything you do, I couldn't even enjoy our bowl game," Niumatalolo recalled Saturday. "As soon as you win the bowl game, you're thinking the next game you're playing is Ohio State, everything you do you've got to take it to the [n]
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December 27, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three of the biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How important was it for Maryland to make a bowl game this season? Jeff Barker: Making the Military Bowl was important for several reasons, win or lose. Maryland needed a bowl game to demonstrate that the program is ascendant - that it is on an upward arc. Remember that the Terps had to pull out of a rough, middle patch of the season in which they went 1-4. In difficult times, Maryland coach Randy Edsall has been able to point to the fact that the team's victories have increased in each of his three seasons.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2013
The Navy football team has accomplished all of its preseason goals in 2013: the Midshipmen beat both of their service academy rivals to retain the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the second straight year and won the requisite number of games to earn a bowl invitation for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons. With four consecutive wins, Navy (8-4) now wants to do something it hasn't done since 2009 - win a bowl game. The Midshipmen will get that opportunity when they meet Middle Tennessee State (8-4)
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By Orlando Sentinel | December 18, 2003
Tonight's bowl game GMAC Bowl Louisville (9-3) vs. Miami of Ohio (12-1) Time, TV: 7:30, ESPN2. Line: Miami by 13 1/2 . How they got to Mobile, Ala.: Louisville is an at-large pick from Conference USA. Miami won the Mid-American Conference title. Why you should watch: It's likely your final chance to see Miami junior QB Ben Roethlisberger before he's a first-round NFL pick. About Louisville: The Cardinals got surprisingly good play from junior QB Stefan LeFors, a first-year starter who helped them average 488.6 yards of offense (sixth nationally)
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2013
Midway through November, Maryland had lost three straight games and it began to look as if the team might never pick up its sixth win and become bowl eligible. The turnover-prone Terps had just lost at home to Syracuse, 20-3, in a game in which Maryland players conceded the team appeared flat. Maryland's outlook has changed dramatically since then. A team that had never won a game in November under third-year coach Randy Edsall went on to win two of its last three in the regular season.
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By Gerald P. Merrell and Gerald P. Merrell,SUN STAFF | January 31, 2004
The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe has the regrettable distinction of being the poorest nation on Earth. Perhaps the ultimate injustice, though, will be piled on the small country in the Gulf of Guinea tomorrow, when the income that CBS generates from televising the Super Bowl - as much as $200 million - could be four times Sao Tome's entire gross domestic product for an entire year. That, of course, is not the only startling figure that will emerge from tomorrow's big game: More Americans will tune in to the Super Bowl than bothered to vote in the last presidential election.
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By Judy A. Plunkett and Judy A. Plunkett,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 2, 1992
MIAMI -- For video junkies, that thing last Sunday was just a warm-up. The real Super Bowl game -- one they are hounding stores to obtain -- will begin soon in their living rooms.A video football contest that allows players to select real NFL teams and players and to pit their coaching prowess against the computer or each other is making its way to store shelves this week. The initial shipment of Tecmo Super Bowl sold out in a flash late last year. Demand has been tremendous since.Video junkies say it's the hottest thing on the market and one of the quickest sellers in years.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
It's hard to miss the illustration of an oversized pyramid posted on a wall inside the Gossett Football Team House. In and around the black and red pyramid - which Maryland players see as they walk between the locker room and meeting rooms - are words depicting core values and goals of the Terps. Among the goals in block letters at the top are "ACC Champion," "Graduate" and "Bowl Game. " Halfway through their regular season, the Terps (4-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) aren't quite comfortable talking about a bowl game.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2011
For most of the past eight seasons, the Army-Navy game seemed to carry more significance for the Black Knights than for the Midshipmen. Except for last year's game in Philadelphia, when both teams had winning records and post-season plans, this traditional end-of-season matchup was Army's bowl game. When Navy (4-7) plays Army (3-8) at FedEx Field in Landover Saturday, it will mark the first time since 2002 the Midshipmen will be playing their last game of the season. It also means Navy's 33 seniors will be playing their last college game and for nearly all of them, the last football games of their careers, as it has been for all but a few Black Knights in recent seasons.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Here are five questions as Maryland plays Marshall in the Military Bowl this afternoon (2:30 p.m. on ESPN): ** Will the Terps regularly remove a linebacker and add a defensive back to defend Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato? The Terps have often employed that strategy against other prolific passing teams, going to five - or even six - defensive backs. But here's the difficulty: Marshall can run the ball, too. It has a back, Essray Taliaferro, who topped 1,000 yards this season.
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December 27, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three of the biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How important was it for Maryland to make a bowl game this season? Jeff Barker: Making the Military Bowl was important for several reasons, win or lose. Maryland needed a bowl game to demonstrate that the program is ascendant - that it is on an upward arc. Remember that the Terps had to pull out of a rough, middle patch of the season in which they went 1-4. In difficult times, Maryland coach Randy Edsall has been able to point to the fact that the team's victories have increased in each of his three seasons.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
The Maryland football team knew all about Marshall's gaudy statistics - the 43 points and 502.3 yards per-game averages engineered by prolific, elusive quarterback Rakeem Cato and his spread offense. If they were going to win their first bowl game in three years, the Terps understood the risk of getting into a shootout. So Maryland tried to run the ball, control the clock and keep Cato on the sideline throughout the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. But ultimately, the Terps couldn't stop Cato from hoisting the bowl's Most Valuable Player trophy over his head in the early-evening chill after a 31-20 loss before an announced 30,163 in Annapolis.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
After three years of pain, Maryland football fans just wanted a chance to party in the waning days of a season. So smiles abounded in Annapolis on Friday as Terps supporters gathered to celebrate the program's first bowl appearance since 2010. The Military Bowl might be far from the pinnacle of college football. And plenty of Maryland fans might retain misgivings about third-year coach Randy Edsall. But given the negativity that surrounded the program just a few months ago, as injuries threatened to derail another season, the late-December game against Marshall struck many as a perfectly fine holiday gift.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
WASHINGTON - Shouts of "We are Marshall!" rang out in the lobby of the team's downtown Washington hotel, where exuberant, green-clad fans of the Thundering Herd had gathered on the eve of Friday's Military Bowl matchup against Maryland in Annapolis. The Thundering Herd, from Conference USA, may not be as well known as Maryland, which is playing its last game before joining the Big Ten next season. But the Terps (7-5) know that Marshall (9-4) - which averages 43 points and 502.3 yards per game and is vying for its first 10-win season since 2002 - will pose a difficult test at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
For years, war terminology has seeped into football telecasts. Quarterbacks become "field generals," games are equated to "battles. " Tehuti Miles knows better. After four years in the Army - including a stint in Afghanistan, where he wielded an M4 during watch duty - Maryland's first-year practice-team running back has earned the right to dismiss the comparison. He knows all too well that the football-as-war metaphor amounts to hype. "We all know it's not the same thing," he says.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2013
The Navy football team has accomplished all of its preseason goals in 2013: the Midshipmen beat both of their service academy rivals to retain the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the second straight year and won the requisite number of games to earn a bowl invitation for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons. With four consecutive wins, Navy (8-4) now wants to do something it hasn't done since 2009 - win a bowl game. The Midshipmen will get that opportunity when they meet Middle Tennessee State (8-4)
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
There was a questionable forecast for Thursday night, making an evening boat cruise out of Annapolis an uncertainty for Maryland football coach Randy Edsall and a couple of his counterparts who came from College Park to schmooze with fans over dinner and drinks. But the winds settled and the luxury yacht "Catherine Murray" took off for a smooth hourlong sail on the Severn River. After a rocky start to his tenure with the Terps , Edsall should hope that the second installment of the school's "Coaches Caravan" portends well for his third season and beyond.
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By Peter Schmuck and Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2013
The 2013 season has been something of a wild ride for Randy Edsall and the Maryland football team. The Terps won their first four games before falling victim to another string of major injuries that threatened to sink Edsall's third season as head coach, but bounced back to become bowl-eligible and guarantee his first winning season at Maryland. The Terps will end that season against Marshall in Friday's Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium before making the jump to the Big Ten Conference next year.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - After declines in attendance at Washington's RFK Stadium over the past two years, Military Bowl officials say they hope to sell out this year's game between Maryland and Marshall at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Dec. 27. The first-ever bowl game at a service academy represents a fresh start for the bowl, which drew an announced 17,835 for last year's San Jose State-Bowling Green matchup at the 46,000-seat RFK...
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