After four blowout losses this season and a growing dissension among fans and boosters, Maryland fired Randy Edsall on Sunday, bringing an end to his tenure six games into his fifth season in College Park. He finished with a career record of 22-34, including a 0-12 mark against ranked teams. Here’s a list of the most deflating losses Edsall endured after taking over the program in January 2011:
North Carolina State 56, Maryland 41
Nov. 26, 2011.
Maryland ended one of the worst seasons in school history by blowing a 42-14 third quarter lead in the season finale at North Carolina State. It was the type of second-half collapse that would become emblematic during Edsall’s tenure. After a promising debut win against Miami, Maryland finished just 2-10 during Edsall’s first season.
Florida State 63, Maryland 0
Oct. 5, 2013
Maryland was riding high through the first four weeks of Edsall’s third season, starting 4-0 and slipping into the national rankings ahead of a trip to Tallahassee. It was an opportunity for Edsall and his program to take the next step – except No. 25 Maryland was demolished and never sniffed the polls again. The loss tied for the worst ever for a ranked team and also was Edsall’s worst at the school. Edsall finished his tenure in College Park with a 0-12 record against teams ranked in the top 25.
Syracuse 20, Maryland 3
Nov. 9, 2013
Against his alma mater, Edsall suffered one of his uglier losses as Maryland’s downward spiral continued after the Florida State blowout. Fans chanted “let’s go Orange” and sarcastically cheered after Maryland connected on a second-half field goal, its only points of the day. It marked the third consecutive double-digit loss for Maryland, which won two of its final three games to earn a berth to Military Bowl.
Rutgers 41, Maryland 38
Nov. 29, 2014
This was the loss that may have marked the beginning of the end for Edsall in College Park. Maryland led 35-10 in the first half before suffering an embarrassing meltdown, denying Edsall his first eight-win season at Maryland and overshadowing the team’s promising first season in the Big Ten. The pain was only accentuated by the fact that Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Freidgen helped engineer the rally four years after he was forced out as Maryland’s head coach. After this game, Maryland was outscored 167-55 by Power Five opponents extending to Saturday’s 49-28 loss to Ohio State.
Bowling Green 48, Maryland 27
Sept. 12, 2015
While Edsall suffered several notable losses to non-Power Five opponents during his tenure — including a 38-7 home loss to Temple in 2011 and a 31-20 loss to Marshall in the Military Bowl in 2013 — this setback eventually set the tone for fans and booster to revolt against the embattled coach this season. Maryland led 10-0 at one point in the first quarter but completely collapsed in the second half, allowing 42 points in the final two quarters. The loss underscored the dysfunction at quarterback (Edsall benched starter Perry Hills and demoted him to third string following the game) and the litany of defensive issues that have defined the team in three straight blowout losses to West Virginia, Michigan and Ohio State.
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