Terps football brings back tradition of erecting tombstones after wins over ranked teams

The Maryland football team got more than national attention for its 51-41 victory at then-No. 23 Texas on Saturday.

The Terps also got a chance to revive a tradition of putting up tombstones to commemorate a big victory.

Second-year coach DJ Durkin acknowledged during a conference call with reporters Thursday that he had talked about the tradition this summer with former coach Ralph Friedgen, who first erected the markers.

Friedgen had 10 tombstones for victories over top-10 teams erected with the date, final score and opponent, starting with Maryland’s 35-7 win at No. 2 Michigan State in 1950.

With Friedgen’s blessing, Durkin promised his team that the tradition would continue, though the mock graveyard located just inside the entrance to the practice field will now include Top 25 opponents.

An 11th tombstone was erected this week.

“I think it’s a great tradition that Coach Friedgen started here," Durkin said. “It’s only right to bring it back. We met and talked about it as a team with the season starting and made a point to discuss with them the background on it. I think it’s a great deal, and we want to keep it going.”

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