Great Moments in Maryland Football History: Maryland Beats Florida State (2004)

When football powerhouse Florida State joined the Atlantic Coast Conference, which was historically strong in basketball but weak in football, in 1992, it might be fair to say that the Seminoles dominated most of the teams in the conference most of the time for years to come. Some of the schools like Miami that have long football traditions were not yet members, other schools like Duke and North Carolina that have had “up” seasons recently were also-rans way back when.

Meanwhile, FSU won national championships- and conference championships. Lots and lots of conference championships. In fact, from 1992-2000, they literally won the ACC championship every year. They tied with Virginia in 1995 and with Georgia Tech in 1998, because at the time there was no ACC title game and if two teams finished with the same record in-conference, they were both champions.

So, with that disclaimer about the ties out of the way, it is fair to say that the Seminoles won the ACC championship *nine years in a row*.

Who broke that streak?

The Maryland Terrapins. Maryland won an undisputed ACC title (No tie) and went on to the Orange Bowl in 2001, the year Florida State’s reign of terror ended. Maryland did have one, and only one, regular season loss, though- to the Florida State Seminoles.

In fact, Maryland got to bowl games the next two years as well, but still couldn’t beat Florida State. 2003 marked the Terrapins’ 12th loss in a row to the hated Seminoles.

But that would all change in 2004:

Watch closely, and you can even see future Penn State head coach James Franklin, an assistant at Maryland who was never good enough to be our head coach, screaming at an official on the sideline on our behalf, before his turn to the Dark Side.

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