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Bowl games have changed quite a bit from the days when Ralph Friedgen was an assistant under Bobby Ross at Maryland.

Beginning with Ross' arrival in 1982, the Terps went to four bowls in six years before Ross left for Georgia Tech after the 1986 season. None of the trips was more memorable than the 1984 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

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It had little to do with the game, even though Maryland came back from a 21-0 deficit to beat Tennessee, 28-27.

One of the pre-game festivities included a barbeque with the Volunteers.

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"The team is on a bus, and I'm in a car following the bus,'' Friedgen recalled this week. "We're driving out in the desert, there's tumbleweeds and I'm thinking 'Where the heck are we?' The bus stops and all of a sudden, two guys with their guns drawn come onto the bus.

"Kevin Glover tells them to get off the bus and one of the guys puts a .38 right up under his chin. Kevin dives back under his seat, hits his head and cuts his head. One of the guys says, 'We want (Donald) Turkey Brown. Donald transferred from Oklahoma and the guy says, 'He got my sister pregnant.' He says I want (then graduate assistant) Dave Sollazzo and I want (assistant coach) Gib Romaine.

"They take these guys and they tie their hands behind their backs and put them in the back of the pickup. The car takes off and they're bouncing around in the back of the track. They're going like 80 milles an hour. All of a sudden, the truck screeches to a stop and the guy starts firing at our car. I hit the floor. I'm from New York. You point a gun at me and I'm going down. It was all a setup. One of the assistants who wasn't with us knew some state troopers. Those were the guys who did it.''

Friedgen smiled.

"Those were the good old days,'' he said.

-Don Markus

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