Gator Bowl Postgame Notes: Maryland 41, West Virginia 7

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Jan. 1, 2004

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  • The University of Maryland football team finishes its 2003 campaign 10-3 overall (6-2 ACC) following today's 41-7 win over West Virginia University (8-5, 6-2 Big East). This season marks the seventh 10-win season in school history for the Terps.

  • Maryland has now won at least 10 games in each of Ralph Friedgen's first three years as coach at his alma mater (10 in 2001, 11 in 2002 and 10 this season). Overall, Friedgen is 31-8 as a head coach.

  • The win is Maryland's first in January since Jan. 2, 1952 when they beat Tennessee, 28-13 in the Sugar Bowl. Overall, Maryland has three wins in January won, also winning the 1950 Gator Bowl in Jan. 2; with a 20-7 win over Missouri.

  • The 41 points are the most by Maryland in any bowl game; breaking the record of 35 in the 1985 Cherry Bowl, a 35-18 win over Syracuse.

  • With the win, the all-time series now sits at 21-19-2 in the Terrapins' favor. The Terps have now won all four meetings between the two schools in Friedgen's tenure including five of the last six.

  • Maryland's all-time bowl record is now 8-10-2 and 2-1 under Friedgen. In addition, the Terps have never lost in the Gator Bowl (3-0-1).

  • Today's win snapped a seven-game West Virginia winning streak heading into the bowl game and made the Terrapins winners of 10 of their last 11 (for the second year in a row), while they closed the season winning five straight.

  • Today's victory was the first in two tries this season for the Terrapins against a ranked opponent (lost at Florida State, 35-10).

  • Including today, Maryland scored first in 11 of 13 games this season.

  • Scott McBrien completed his collegiate career with his third outstanding effort in three tries against his former team. McBrien finished with a career-high 381 yards on 21-of-33.

  • In McBrien's three career games vs. WVU, he is 43-76-743 with five touchdowns.

  • McBrien's 381 passing yards is second most is Gator Bowl history. Only Pitt's Matt Cavanaugh threw for more in 1977 when he was 23-36-387.

  • Maryland's 41 points in the Gator Bowl were the most by a team in the game since Virginia Tech also scored 41 in 2001.

Maryland set 10 team bowl game records

  • Most passing yards by a player (381) by Scott McBrien; old record was 257 by Shaun Hill in the 2002 Orange Bowl

  • Most passing TD's by a player (3) by McBrien; old record was two set on three occasions

  • Most yards of total offense (367) by McBrien; old record was 288 by Shaun Hill in the 2002 Orange Bowl

  • Most touchdown receptions (2) by Jafar Williams; old record was one set 13 times - last by Williams in 02 Orange Bowl

  • Longest punt return for TD - and the first by a Terp - by Steve Suter, 76 yards in the second quarter

  • Team first downs (26); old record was 25 set in the 1990 Independence Bowl

  • Team first downs passing (16); old record was 12 in the 1983 Citrus Bowl

  • Team passing yards (381), old record was 257 in the 2002 Orange Bowl

  • Team passing TD's (3), old record was two set three times.

  • Including today's game, Maryland has now outscored West Virginia 45-0 in the first quarter and 79-0 in the first half of the last three meetings between the two schools.

  • The Terps outscored West Virginia 75-14 in the two match-ups between the schools this year.

  • Steve Suter's 76-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter was the first in bowl history for the Terrapins and the first in the Gator Bowl since 1971 (Larry Willingham, Auburn vs. Ole Miss - 55 yards). The jaunt was also the sixth return of Suter's career to go for a TD and his second this year.

  • With 94 punt return yards today, junior Steve Suter moved into third on the Atlantic Coast Conference's career yardage list with 1108 yards. He moved ahead of Duke's Troy Slade (1,021, 1973-75) and will enter next season just 83 yards shy of NC State's Ledel George for the league's all-time mark.

  • Maryland's all-time leading scorer Nick Novak is now tied for second all-time scoring in ACC history with 324 with FSU's Sebastian Janikowski. Only FSU's Scott Bentley (326) has more points and Novak has his entire senior season left.

  • Senior Jafar Williams had touchdown receptions of 31 and 22 yards, the first multiple-touchdown receiving game of his career. It was the first time in bowl history that a Terrapin has caught two touchdowns in a game. He finished with four catches for 65 yards.

  • Williams finished his career with 90 receptions - 13th most in UM history and with 1301 yards - 12th most yards in history.