Ralph Friedgen and his Maryland players wanted one last thing about their 9-4 season --- a top-25 finish.
They got it early this morning.
The Terrapins checked in at No. 23 in the final Associated Press poll of the season, creeping into the rankings after their 51-20 thrashing of East Carolina in the Military Bowl.
It was the fourth top-25 finish in Friedgen's 10-year tenure, which ended when he was bought out after the season.
All but 17 voters put Maryland somewhere in the top 25, some as high as No. 18.
It is Maryland's first finish in the final poll since 2003. In the last seven seasons, just 18 of the 66 teams from automatic qualifying BCS leagues have not logged a top-25 finish. The rundown of those teams, with their last time in the final poll included:
1997: North Carolina
2000: Iowa State
2003: Kansas State
2003: Washington State
None: Connecticut, South Florida