Friedgen still baffled by his team's lackluster performance

November, 25, 2008
11/25/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said his team "didn't show up last week" against Florida State. It's baffling to Friedgen, considering they didn't have far to go. The Atlantic Division crown and a trip to the ACC championship were at stake, and the game was in Byrd Stadium.

Asked why his team didn't come ready to play, Friedgen said, "If I knew that, I wouldn't feel the way I do right now."

"I can't understand it," he said. "I try to think about what I could've done better, but as far as motivation, I would've thought our guys would have been highly motivated to play very well. They just didn't do it for whatever reason, it's too late to do anything about it now. We'll just try to rectify it for the future."

This week, it's Boston College that has the most at stake. If the Eagles beat Maryland in Chestnut Hill on Saturday, they'll play in the championship game. How much of a game it is depends on two things: How BC backup quarterback Dominique Davis fares, and how Maryland responds to its most devastating loss of the season. Friedgen said the Terps practiced well on Monday, and he expects a better effort this weekend.

"We're playing, really, for a share of the division championship," he said. "If we end up 5-3, I think that would help us as far as postseason play. So I think we still have a lot to play for."

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