Ralph Friedgen might have experienced a first in his coaching career today: Thinking a 76-yard touchdown run for his team wasn't an entirely good thing.
The Maryland defense already logged 83 plays, and Davin Meggett's scoring scamper with four minutes to go ensured there wouldn't be much of a rest.
Still, it doubled the Terrapins' lead to 42-28, the eventual final score.
"Meggett broke that long one and I knew our defense was about done," Friedgen said. "I was trying to figure what was better, the points or the time. I guess I took the points."
Not that there was much of a choice in the matter.
Friedgen did have a decision to make with 1:05 to play as he faced a fourth-and-1 at his 45. Go for it, and the game effectively ends. But had the Terps failed, it certainly would have made the final minute more interesting.
"Our defense was tired," Friedgen said. "If we don't make it, they have a short field, they onside kick. I've got a good punter. Let 'em go 100 yards, and if they beat us, they beat us."
Florida International got 23 yards --- and Maryland left with its third victory of the season.