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With improved defense, Maryland football winning the turnover battle in Big Ten

With improved defense, Maryland football winning the turnover battle in Big Ten

When he was offensive coordinator at Maryland the past two years, Walt Belt often cited a well-worn statistic about the correlation between winning games and turnovers.

“If you win the turnover battle, you’ll win 99.89 percent of the time,” Bell said.

Matt Canada, who was brought in to replace Bell after he left for Florida State in January and was promoted to interim coach after DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave in August, preaches the same mantra.

While not exactly accurate in terms of percentage, Maryland’s success this season in winning the turnover margin has translated into three of its four victories. The Terps had...

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