The Maryland Terrapins football team represents the University of Maryland, College Park in the sport of American football. The Terrapins compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Terrapins joined the Big Ten Conference on July 1,2014, following 62 years in the Atlantic Coast Conference as a founding member. The Terrapins are currently coached by D. J. Durkin. C, Maryland shares storied rivalries with Virginia and West Virginia. Maryland possesses the third-most ACC championships with nine, which places them behind Clemson, many former Terrapins players and coaches have gone on to careers in professional football including 16 first-round NFL Draft picks. In 1892, the then known as the Maryland Agricultural College fielded its first officially sanctioned college football team. They went scoreless in all three of that games, but the following year, posted a perfect record of 6–0. For the first two decades of the program, the team competed against local universities and high schools due to the prohibitive nature of long-distance travel at the time. Curley Byrd became head coach and held position for more than two decades until he was named the university president. In 1921, Maryland joined the Southern Conference where it remained for thirty years, Bryant resigned after one season when a player he had suspended was reinstated by President Byrd. Jim Tatum was hired in 1947, after a stint at Oklahoma where he had led the Sooners to a conference championship in his only season there. He was Marylands sixth head coach in eight years, but Tatum stayed for nine seasons, during his tenure, he led Maryland to two national championships, three conference championships, three perfect seasons, six top-20 final rankings, and five bowl game appearances. Seven of his players were named first-team All-Americans, including five consensus All-Americans, under Tatum, Maryland finished every season with a winning record. After the 1947 season, the Terrapins participated in their first bowl game, NCAA season-scoring leader Lu Gambino recorded all three Maryland touchdowns. In 1949, Maryland again played in the Gator Bowl, where they defeated 20th-ranked Missouri, the Terrapins finished the season ranked 14th by the Associated Press. Marylands current home field, Maryland Stadium, was constructed in 1950, Maryland started the 1950 season ranked 15th and defeated Navy, 35–21, in the Byrd Stadium dedication game. The Terrapins won the 1951 Southern Conference co-championship alongside the Virginia Military Institute and their perfect season culminated with an upset over first-ranked Tennessee in the 1952 Sugar Bowl. At the time, however, the wire services released their final rankings before the bowl games, several selectors, including analyst Jeff Sagarin, have retroactively credited Maryland with the national championship. In 1953, Maryland and six other schools split from the Southern Conference to form the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Terrapins were defeated by fourth-ranked Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl
Maryland in action against Navy in 1952.
Roger Staubach of Navy tosses a pass against Maryland, 1964.