One and two in College Park doesn't cut it anymore. Therefore, I am launching a Web site modeled after the infamous FireRonZook.com, which helped mercifully end Ron Zook's tenure at Florida. This one should be titled UnplugTheFridge.Com, and it will be solely dedicated to the termination of Ralph Friedgen as Maryland's football coach.

Kidding, Ralph. Honest. Really.

I like Friedgen. I {heart} the Fridge. It's his players I am worried about.

They are not only not protecting their house; they are foreclosing. Maryland treated its conquerors from Morgantown better yesterday than prospective pledges are treated during Rush Week.

"Why wouldn't you be up to play this game?" Friedgen asked rhetorically after Maryland was emasculated by West Virginia at Byrd Stadium.

The Mountaineers busted the Terrapins in the mouth, 31-19, physically punishing a program that used to do the punishing. The loss sent the alma mater of Jayson Blair and Norman Chad spiraling to 0-2 at home.

That faux tough-guy front against Clemson last week, all those dumb personal fouls committed in a galling loss?

That's about as nasty as Maryland gets anymore.

The hard truth: The Terps are young, unproven and certainly not the ornery bunch they were during the first three bowl-bound years under Friedgen.

The Mountaineers have a fullback named Owen Schmitt, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound sophomore from Fairfax. He rumbles like a beer truck with a broken parking brake, but he is not exactly option number one in West Virginia's offense.

Schmitt entered the game having run for seven yards on three carries in West Virginia's first two games, making him option number 81. But he carried six times yesterday -- for 80 yards and one mow-over-the-guys-in-red touchdown! After Maryland's defense signed a nonaggression pact with West Virginia's offensive line, Schmitt is now Morgantown's Riggo.

Bad-cop assistant coach Dave Sollazzo should be using his leather lungs more often this week, especially after his defensive line conspired to give up 301 rushing yards to West Virginia.

"How do I get this team to be stronger, tougher and more physical at the point of attack?" Friedgen asked after his team had given up all those yards and run for a scant 50 yards itself. Maryland converted 2 of 13 third downs, including 10 failed tries in a row sandwiched between the first and fourth quarters.

The Terps are not in dire straits. West Virginia might be a lot better than people think. They are not going to Pasadena, but the Mountaineers definitely look headed for somewhere better than Boise, Idaho. They have some beefcakes on both sides of the line and a couple of competent, rotating quarterbacks. They travel well, too, ending the day with John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Their mountain mamas could take them home.

You might peg Maryland for 0-3 if not for Lance Ball's miraculous fourth-down run in the final minute against Navy two weeks ago. But then, the Terps could also be 3-0 if not for a late-game collapse against Clemson and the inability to stop West Virginia after they had scratched back to within 21-19 with less than nine minutes left yesterday.

Sam Hollenbach is a nice quarterback. He is unafraid to miss a read or overthrow a receiver, which can only help his confidence. If he can stay away from those chancy passes that give linebackers and safeties a free meal on his receivers' outstretched bodies, Hollenbach will carry this team to some important wins the next two seasons.

The Terps have a young place kicker, Dan Ennis, who has yet to miss this season after never having attempted a field goal in a game before Navy. The defense, you figure, has to get better.

But getting back to a bowl is going to be a haul. West Virginia was the kind of team Maryland used to find a way to beat. Looking at the Terps' next five games -- at Wake Forest, Virginia at home, at Temple, Virginia Tech at home and then at Florida State -- has to be sobering for the Terrapin Club.

Temple is a gimme and Wake Forest is a maybe. Virginia will be extremely tough, even with uptight Al Groh coaching. Virginia Tech and Florida State? Good luck. Optimistically, Maryland is looking at 4-4 coming out of that stretch. That means the Terps would have to win two of their last three games (at North Carolina, at home against Boston College and at N.C. State) to be 6-5 -- the record needed to be eligible for a bowl invitation.

I posed the same question to Hollenbach, senior linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, junior tight end Vernon Davis and junior cornerback Josh Wilson after the loss yesterday. Did they remember what it felt like to be a part of a bowl-bound college football team?

You had to see the change in their faces. The postgame dejection vanished. Every one of them lit up at the memory of the program two and three years ago, how it felt to walk onto the field and know you were not going to beat yourself that afternoon.

"That was a great feeling," Wilson said, smiling. "Every time we stepped on the field, we had a swagger. If it was going to be a 2-0 game, we were winning that game."

Now? "We got to get that back," Jackson said.

"I've got to find some way to reach these kids," Friedgen said.

The coach who turned the program around -- whose job should justifiably be secure for a while -- vowed to watch film and then make a decision about how to proceed.

I think Friedgen should watch film, too: the Gator Bowl from 2002 and the Peach Bowl from 2003. Maryland outscored Tennessee and West Virginia 71-10 in those games. His players should watch, too.

Just to let these Terps know it's still possible.