Maryland to Face Oregon State In Emerald Bowl

Terps to make fifth bowl appearance under Friedgen; Maryland seeking fourth straight bowl win in Dec. 28 game

Dec. 2, 2007

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland football team knew it would be making a fifth bowl game appearance in the last seven years after its win over NC State last weekend. But the Terps didn't find out their destination until Sunday.

The Emerald Bowl announced that Maryland will face Oregon State (8-4, 6-3) of the Pac-10 Conference on Friday, Dec. 28 in San Francisco. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET from AT&T Park, with the game being telecast nationally on ESPN.

"The Terps are ready to travel to one of the most interesting cities in our nation," said Maryland Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow. "With 5,000 Maryland alumni between Los Angeles and San Francisco, we expect to have an excellent cheering section for our team."

Maryland (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which clinched a postseason berth with a 37-0 win over the Wolfpack in the regular-season finale (Nov. 24), will be making its 22nd bowl game appearance and first in the state of California.

"Our kids are excited to be going to the Emerald Bowl and appreciative of this opportunity," said Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen. "We're looking forward to playing a Pac-10 team, something we haven't done in a long time.

"Oregon State is a fine team and Mike Riley is an excellent football coach. He has his team playing very well right now."

Maryland will be seeking to extend its school record of three straight bowl victories. The Terps defeated Purdue, 24-7, in last year's Champs Sports Bowl. They also downed West Virginia, 41-7, in the 2004 Gator Bowl and Tennessee, 30-3, in the 2002 Peach Bowl.

The Emerald Bowl is looking forward to having the Terps in its sixth annual game.

"In Maryland, we will have one of the ACC's most prominent names," said Gary Cavalli, executive director of the Emerald Bowl. "The Terps come into the game with great momentum from a dominating win over North Carolina State. Earlier this season, they beat two top 10 teams - Rutgers and Boston College."

The Beavers finished third in the Pac-10 by winning six of their final seven games with the only loss in that stretch a 24-3 defeat at the hands of then-No. 13 USC (Nov. 3).

Oregon State possesses one of the top defenses in the nation. OSU is ranked 12th nationally in total defense (313.0 ypg), including the second-ranked rushing defense (74.9 ypg).

Oregon State, which is under the direction of fifth-year head coach Mike Riley, will be making its 13th bowl game appearance, including fifth in the last seven years.

The Terrapins and Beavers have never faced each other and it will be just the second time Maryland has played a Pac-10 team in a bowl game. The Terps lost to Washington, 21-20, in the 1982 Aloha Bowl.

Maryland has only played a Pac-10 team three times in school history (also UCLA in 1954-55).

Tickets for the game are available through the Terrapins Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP or by clicking here here. Maryland fans wishing hotel reservations in San Francisco, should contact the Terrapin Club at 301-314-7020.

Maryland Bowl Facts:

• Maryland is bowl eligible for the fifth time in seven years under coach Ralph Friedgen. The Terps have won each of their last three bowl games. Friedgen's three bowl wins are the most of any Maryland coach. He is 3-1 in bowl games. Prior to Friedgen's arrival, Maryland made only one postseason appearance in the previous 15 years.

• The Terps have an all-time record of 9-10-2 in bowl games, including a school-record stretch of three straight wins.

• Maryland's three straight bowl wins is the second-longest active streak among ACC teams. Boston College has won seven in-a-row, though only the last two have come during its time in the league. NC State has also won its last three bowl appearances.

• Maryland has out-scored its last three bowl opponents 95-17.

• The Terps are facing just their second Pac-10 opponent in a bowl game. Maryland fell to Washington, 21-20, in the 1982 Aloha Bowl.

• In last season's Champ Sports Bowl, Sam Hollenbach passed for 223 yards and two TDs, and Lance Ball rushed for 98 yards to lead the Terrapins to a 24-7 win over Purdue. The Terrapins kept the Boilermakers' offense, the NCAA's 10th best at 425 yards per game, in check, allowing just 285 total yards. Keon Lattimore added 86 rushing yards on 20 carries for the Terps, who held the ball for 39:48. Maryland posted 429 total yards and 20 first downs.

Ralph Friedgen and the Terps are going bowling for the fifth time in the last seven years.