Honoring Maryland’s Most Memorable Season: A Tune-up vs. Washington and Lee

The Maryland Terrapins returned home to Byrd Stadium on September 25, 1953 to face Washington and Lee for their first home game of the 1953 season. During the week prior to the game, despite coming off of a confident win against Missouri, Coach Jim Tatum expressed concern over how the Terps might match up in the contest.  It turned out that there would be absolutely no need for concern, though, as Maryland blew out the Generals 52-0 in front of a crowd of 35,000.

Picking up where they left off the previous week, Maryland continued to pound the ball on the ground, jumping out to an early lead and never looking back. Quarterback Bernie Faloney and running back Ronnie Waller carried the load for the Terps this time. Faloney orchestrated a speedy 91-yard touchdown drive as soon as the Terps touched the ball, capping it off with a 12-yard touchdown scamper. Waller thrived in both the rushing and return game, recording three of the Terps’ eight touchdowns. The Terps amassed 356 total rushing yards to Washington and Lee’s 98, while the Maryland defense halted any serious threat of a score. After the game Washington and Lee’s coach Carl Wise commented, “We didn’t belong on the same field as Maryland. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

Check back next week as the newly 3rd-ranked Terps go on the road to face Clemson.


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