Maryland football will look to snap a 67-year streak on Saturday

Maryland football

By Max Marcilla

Sixty-seven years have passed and the Maryland Terrapins have yet to accomplish one special feat: defeating a top 5 team on the road.

It has won a national championship, switched conferences multiples times and has had 14 head coaches, including DJ Durkin.

All of those things — and many more — have happened since Oct. 7, 1950 — when the Terps upset No. 2 Michigan State, decades before the two schools became Big Ten rivals.

Maryland will get its first chance in 2017 to rewrite history when it travels to Wisconsin to play the fifth-ranked Badgers. The Terps haven’t played a top 5 team on the road since their 59-3 loss to Michigan last season.

Since that fateful day in 1950, Maryland has played 20 road games against a team ranked in the top 5 (including a game in Miami against Florida State in 1996). It has lost all of those games by an average of nearly 25 points.

It has come as close as a two-point loss to Penn State in 1986 and been blown out by at least 35 points six times.

While the Terps already have a win over a ranked foe in 2017 (then-No. 23 Texas) and a new tombstone in the “graveyard,” a victory on Saturday would be one of the greatest regular season upsets in program history.

Year Opponent Final Score
2016 #2 Michigan 59-3 L
2015 #1 Ohio State 49-28 L
2006 #5 West Virginia 45-24 L
2000 #5 Clemson 35-14 L
1999 #1 Florida State 49-10 L
 1997 #5 Florida State 50-7 L
 1996 #3 Florida State* 48-10 L
 1987 #3 Miami (FL) 46-16 L
 1986 #2 Penn State 17-15 L
 1983 #3 Auburn 35-23 L
 1981 #2 Clemson 21-7 L
 1978 #2 Penn State 27-3 L
 1977 #5 Penn State 27-9 L
 1969 #5 Penn State 48-0 L
 1963 #4 Navy 42-7 L
 1958 #5 Auburn 20-7 L
 1957 #2 Texas A&M 21-13 L
 1957 #4 Duke 14-0 L
 1956 #4 Tennessee 34-7 L
 1954 #4 UCLA 12-7 L
 1950 #2 Michigan State 34-7 W

*Game played in Miami, Florida

All rankings and game information via Sports Reference.

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