American Football Database
American Football Database
1984 Maryland Terrapins football
Sun Bowl Champions
ACC Champions
Sun Bowl, W, 28-27, vs. Tennessee
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
1984 record9-3-0 (6-0-0 ACC)
Head coachBobby Ross
Home stadiumByrd Stadium
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The 1984 Maryland Terrapins football team represented University of Maryland in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A college football season. The Terrapins won the ACC for the second consecutive season.[1]

Regular 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.
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 8* Syracuse Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 7–23   38,850
September 15* Vanderbilt Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD L 14–23   34,100
September 22* at #17 West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 20–17   58,353
September 29 Wake Forest Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 38–17   32,700
October 6* at #11 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity 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 StadiumDurham, NC W 43–7   17,500
November 3 at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 34–23   48,000
November 10* at #6 Miami (FL) Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL W 42–40   31,548
November 17 #20 Clemson Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD W 41–23   60,575
November 24 at Virginia #18 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 45–34   43,017
December 22* vs. Tennessee #12 Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) W 28–27   50,126
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Team Players in the NFL

Player Position Round Pick Team
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.[4]


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