The Terrapins (0-1) lost a shocker Thursday evening, losing at Northern Illinois 20-13 in overtime. A lengthy list of errors sealed Maryland's fate, from nine penalties to several dropped passes to a pair of turnovers to a lack of leadership.
A bristling Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen promised changes, starting with practice intensity this week as the Terrapins turn their attention to Florida State next Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.
"I'm sure everyone will be very intense this week in practice, and they should be," cornerback Domonique Foxworth told The Washington Post.
"There was definitely a lot more complaining [in preseason practice] than there has been in years past. We're missing a lot of leadership that we normally had in just sucking it up and fighting through. For the majority, people do that. But there are some that don't."
Maryland lost its opener last season and two of its first three games before rebounding to win seven straight en route to a 10-3 season and Peach Bowl victory over Tennessee. But this season's task could be even more daunting if the Terps lose to FSU. Maryland is 0-13 against the Seminoles, all double-digit losses.
"We're going to find out what kind of character we have," Friedgen said.
FSU upended the Terps 37-10 last year as Chris Rix threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Seminoles built a 30-point halftime lead. The Terps had won the Atlantic Coast Conference title in 2001, ending the Seminoles' string of nine consecutive crowns.
Maryland running back Bruce Perry , the 2001 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, may return against FSU after missing three weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Instead of building on an expected season-opening victory, the Terps must now try to fit the pieces back together in time for the Seminoles.
"It's the little things," quarterback Scott McBrien told The Washington Times. "We made so many mistakes. Little mistakes. We have to get them cleaned up."
Added Friedgen: "I didn't get them ready. That's the bottom line. I've got to take full responsibility. That's my job. I've got to look in the mirror myself and see what I've got to do better, and see what we've got to do to fix things."