Road victories bode well for Maryland Terrapins


The Maryland Terrapins beat the Michigan Wolverines 23-16 on Saturday, and moved to 7-4 on the season.

The Terps’ performance wasn’t anything special, as the teams mostly traded field goals until a Wes Brown touchdown plunge sealed it for Maryland. But this game was another instance of Randy Edsall’s squad getting the job done on the road. Maryland went into the Big House, hung tough with the Wolverines, and pulled out a victory.

This win gives Maryland an impressive 5-1 record in road games, with the lone loss coming against Wisconsin and Heisman-candidate Melvin Gordon. Three of the Terps’ four conference victories have come in away games, including a win at Penn State, the first in the school’s history.

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To be fair, Maryland’s road schedule has probably been easier than its home matchups. Aside from the Wisconsin game, their toughest road test was probably this meeting with Michigan, and the Wolverines have a losing record. Maryland had to face West Virginia, Ohio State, and Michigan State at home, all of which were losses.

Still, winning games on the road is not easy, no matter who you play. And, it is this propensity to win away from home that bodes well for the Terps in the postseason. With seven wins, Maryland has locked up a bid to a bowl game, and they should be very successful.

There’s still a week to go, so the Terps could end up in a variety of bowls. Whether it’s the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville or the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium, they are going to be playing far from College Park. No matter the opponent, the Terps have a clear advantage, given their proclivity to win on the road.

Now if they could just stay away from Byrd Stadium, they’d really be in business.