Maryland-Florida International Postgame Notes
Sept. 23, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland defeated Florida International tonight to move to 3-1 on the season. Maryland now has a bye week before starting its Atlantic Coast Conference season at Georgia Tech on October 7.
With the win tonight, head coach Ralph Friedgen improves his career record to 44-21. His 44th win moves him into a tie for seventh all-time among ACC coaches in their sixth year, tying the win total of NC State's Dick Sheridan (1986-91).
Today was the Terps' last regular season game of 2006 against a non-conference opponent. Ralph Friedgen's record against non-conference opposition is now 19-6.
Maryland got on the board with a touchdown strike to a familiar face. Senior Josh Allen scored his first touchdown since tearing his ACL at the close of the 2004 season, a 14-yard reception from Sam Hollenbach on a screen pass. Allen's score was the third receiving touchdown and the 24th overall TD of his career.
The Terps second TD of the game came with 10 seconds remaining in the half, a five-yard completion on third down to Isaiah Williams. The TD was the second in as many games for Williams.
The Terrapins have held two opponents this season under 100 yards rushing, the same total it was able to accomplish in all of 2005.
Florida International's 89-yard touchdown -- its first score of the day -- from Josh Padrick to TE Samuel Smith was the longest scoring pass against the Terrapins since September 30, 1999.
Maryland's next opponent, Georgia Tech, beat Virginia on Thursday night, 24-7.
Tonight's attendance was 45,317.