1984 Maryland Terrapins football team
|1984 Maryland Terrapins football|
Sun Bowl champion
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|1984 record||9–3 (6–0 ACC)|
|Head coach||Bobby Ross|
|Home stadium||Byrd Stadium|
|1984 ACC football standings|
|#12 Maryland $||6||–||0||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
The 1984 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland, College Park in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Terrapins won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for the second consecutive season.
The biggest highlight of the season was Frank Reich’s comeback against the defending 1983 National Champion University of Miami Hurricanes on November 10, 1984 at the Orange Bowl Stadium. Reich came off the bench to play for Stan Gelbaugh, who had previously replaced him as the starter after Reich separated his shoulder in the 4th week of the season against Wake Forest. Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar had led the 'Canes to a 31-0 lead at halftime. At the start of the third quarter, Reich led the Maryland Terrapins on a scoring drive after scoring drive. Three touchdowns in the third quarter and a fourth at the start of the final quarter turned what was a blowout into a close game. With the score 34-28 Miami, Reich hit Greg Hill with a 68-yard touchdown pass which deflected off the hands of Miami safety Darrell Fullington to take the lead. Maryland scored once more to cap an incredible 42-9 second half, and won the game 42-40, completing what was then the biggest comeback in NCAA history.
- In the Maryland–West Virginia rivalry, the Terrapins beat the Mountaineers.
- In the Maryland–Virginia rivalry, the Terrapins beat the Cavaliers.
- In the Duke–Maryland rivalry, the Terrapins beat the Blue Devils.
|September 8||Syracuse*||Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD||L 7–23||38,850|
|September 15||Vanderbilt*||Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD||L 14–23||34,100|
|September 22||at No. 17 West Virginia*||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||W 20–17||58,353|
|September 29||Wake Forest||Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD||W 38–17||32,700|
|October 6||at No. 11 Penn State*||Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA||L 24–25||85,456|
|October 13||North Carolina State||Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD||W 44–21||43,450|
|October 27||at Duke||Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC||W 43–7||17,500|
|November 3||at North Carolina||Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC||W 34–23||48,000|
|November 10||at No. 6 Miami (FL)*||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||W 42–40||31,548|
|November 17||No. 20 Clemson||Memorial Stadium • Baltimore, MD||W 41–23||60,575|
|November 24||at Virginia||No. 18||Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA||W 45–34||43,017|
|December 22||vs. Tennessee*||No. 12||Sun Bowl Stadium • El Paso, TX (Sun Bowl)||W 28–27||50,126|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Team players in the NFL
|Kevin Glover||Center||2||34||Detroit Lions|
|Frank Reich||Quarterback||3||57||Buffalo Bills|
|Eric Wilson||Linebacker||7||171||Green Bay Packers|
- Stan Gelbaugh would play for the Buffalo Bills, Phoenix Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks.