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Friedgen disappointed with empty Byrd's nest

10/19/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There were about 5,000 empty seats at Byrd Stadium for Maryland's home game against No. 21-ranked Wake Forest on Saturday -- a game that featured two Atlantic Division opponents equally in the mix -- and it didn't go unnoticed by Terps' coach Ralph Friedgen.

"To me there were a lot of empty seats in the upper deck," he said on his Sunday teleconference. "You're playing a highly ranked team. You're 4-2. Yeah, we didn't play very well at Virginia, I understand that ... I'm hoping our fans will come out and support us and make it a home field advantage."

Their next opportunity will be on Saturday, when Maryland hosts NC State on its homecoming.