COLLEGE PARK, MD -- With National Signing Day just a week away, the Maryland football program is shifting its focus to the future. Before turning the page on the 2017 season, let's look back at some of the major team notes from this past year.
HOOKING THE HORNS...
- The Terps picked up their first win against a ranked opponent since 2010 with a 51-41 defeat of No. 23 Texas on September 2.
- Maryland’s 51 points in the win over No. 23 Texas was its largest scoring output against a ranked opponent in team history.
- The Maryland-Texas game, which was featured on Fox Sports 1, was the highest rated and most watched game on cable that day. The game drew 2 million viewers in total.
PLAYING THE BEST...
- The Terrapins finished the regular season having played the most difficult schedule in the country, with its opposition posting a cumulative 80-40 (.667) record.
o Maryland played eight eventual bowl teams
o Maryland played six teams ranked in the AP Top-25 at the time of the game – the most in a single-season for the Terps since 1992
o The Terps played eight teams that were ranked at one point during the season
o Maryland also played two teams that finished the regular season undefeated (Wisconsin and UCF)
PROTECTING THE ROCK...
- Due to an unfortunate string of injuries, the Terps were forced to start four quarterbacks during the season.
o Michigan and Maryland were the only teams in the country to win at least one game with three different starting quarterbacks
- Despite starting four different quarterbacks, Maryland threw just eight interceptions – it was the fewest since throwing seven in 2003.
o In Walt Bell’s two seasons as offensive coordinator, the Maryland offense has thrown just 17 interceptions
o The mark is the second-fewest ever in a two-year span, trailing only the 14 total interceptions thrown in the 1975 and 1976 seasons
- The Maryland offense tied a program record by turning the ball over just 14 times (8 INT, 6 FUM), matching the previous record for fewest turnovers set in the 2010 season (10 INT, 4 FUM).
- Maryland’s rushing attack (161.7/g) averaged more than 160 yards on the ground for the third consecutive season – the first time it has achieved the feat since a span from 2001-03.
- Junior Ty Johnson rushed for a team-high 875 yards and averaged an impressive 6.4 yards per carry. Sophomore Lorenzo Harrison posted 622 rushing yards and the duo combined for eight rushing TD's.
TAKING THE BALL AWAY...
- The Maryland defense intercepted 10 passes – its most in a season since 2013