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Big Ten opener against Purdue is critical for 3-0 Terps

Big Ten opener against Purdue is critical for 3-0 Terps

Maryland's season opener here against Howard seems months ago, not 28 days. The Terps' two victories in Florida were certainly important — particularly the double-overtime win at Central Florida on Sept. 17 — but not as vital as one would be Saturday against Purdue.

When the 3-0 Terps open their Big Ten schedule at Maryland Stadium against the 2-1 Boilermakers in the schools' first meeting since a bowl game a decade ago, first-year coach DJ Durkin is hoping not only for a bigger crowd for homecoming than the

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