The University of Maryland yesterday sold out of season tickets for the five football games it will play in College Park this fall. This is the first time the Terrapins, ranked No. 1 in some preseason polls, have sold out of season tickets.

Maryland stopped selling season tickets yesterday after reaching 22,500. Last year, 16,500 season tickets were purchased, which was a record.

Although there are individual tickets remaining for three of the five games at 45,000-seat Byrd Stadium, university officials are projecting that at least two of those games -- plus the one home game in Baltimore -- will sell out.

The season opener on Sept. 7 against Penn State already is sold out, as is the Sept. 21 date against West Virginia. About 2,000 seats remain for the Nov. 2 homecoming game against North Carolina.

"We're projecting that the game with North Carolina will sell out soon," Jeff Hathaway, business manager for the athletic department, said. "I would think we'd sell them all out as each game gets closer."

Hathaway said that about 98 percent of the people who purchased season tickets for the five-game package also bought tickets for the Nov. 9 game against Miami at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

The games with tickets remaining are Duke (Oct. 26), North Carolina (limited number), Miami and Virginia (Nov. 29).

Because the game with Penn State is a sellout, it will be televised locally by the Atlantic Coast Conference network and nationally by USA cable.