Two horrendous strings of losing football finally ended this weekend in the D.C. area, but in two very different ways.
On one hand, a team that hadn't found a way to win a game since Oct. 2 finally came through with a clutch 4th quarter performance.
And on the other, a stretch of failure came to a close simply because there are no more games left to play.
While the Washington Redskins, who now sit at 4-7 after Sunday's 23-17 win in Seattle, still have five more games to salvage something from what increasingly looks like a lost season, the Maryland Terrapins have no such luxury.
For the second time in three years, the Terps lost 10 games. The cries for change, unsurprisingly, are already getting louder.
A BLOWN LEAD TO END ALL BLOWN LEADS: One glance at the box score from Saturday's Maryland/N.C. State game is all someone needs to understand the magnitude of what happened at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It's simple math, really. With 10:50 left in the 3rd quarter, Maryland running back Davin Meggett scampered 46 yards for a touchdown to put the Terrapins up 41-14.
Then, they lost the game.
The Wolfpack inexplicably scored 42 points over the final 25:10 to come away with a 56-41 victory, sending N.C. State to a bowl game and Maryland to...well...I think we're all still trying to figure that part out.
“Definitely probably one of the worst feelings I have ever had as an athlete. Definitely one of the worst," linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield said in the Washington Post.
But the firing squad was just lining up. Before it could get any worse, John Feinstein penned a scathing column that calls for the head of Randy Edsall, whose record in his first year exactly replicated the one Ralph Friedgen posted in his penultimate year in College Park.
If Edsall stays, attendance at football games next season will be even worse. Contributions to the athletic department, already down in recent years, will plummet. Any recruiting successes in February will not offset the anticipated exodus of players on the current roster.
If you can bear to look, here's one final look at the woeful stats from the stunning collapse.
HOKIE-HIGH: Not much to say about this one, honestly.
The 2011 version of the Commonwealth Cup, the 93rd meeting between Virginia and Virginia Tech, was a Hokie runaway from the start. With a trip to the ACC title game on the line for both squads, the nation's 5th ranked team steamrolled to a 38-0 win in Charlottesville.
The win clinched Virginia Tech's spot in next Saturday's ACC Championship Game against Clemson, with a berth in the BCS on the line.
The Wahoos, who will still go bowling for the first time since 2007, were shut out at home for the first time since 1984.
David Wilson once again ruled the say for Virginia Tech, rushing for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the rout
The Hokies now lead the all-time series against Virginia 51-37 with five ties.
COACHING CAROUSEL: It didn't take long for programs across America to start handing pink slips to underachieving coaches. Since Saturday, Illinois axed Ron Zook, Kansas said goodbye to Turner Gill after just two years, Neil Callaway left UAB and Larry Porter is no longer walking in Memphis (BAD PUN ALERT). It might not be over, either. By the end of the day, Paul Wulff may be fired by Washington State, and the end is nigh for Dennis Erickson at ASU.
On the next page: The Redskins...win? Really?
THE TASTE OF VICTORY: So, here's an unfamiliar feeling for Redskins fans.
The scoreboard at the end of the 4th quarter of Sunday's game at CenturyLink Field said that the Washington Redskins had more points than the Seattle Seahawks.
We all kind of rubbed our eyes, asked the person next to us if we were hallucinating, then all let out the same, frenzied chant.
OK, so maybe Johnny Drama is a little bit much, but when you win for the first time since the second day of October, it can be relished for a little while.
Washington got 16 4th quarter points to rally from down 17-7 for their fourth win of 2011, including one heck of a throw from Rex Grossman to Anthony Armstrong and Roy Helu treating Seattle defender Roy Lewis as his personal high hurdle.
No, seriously, watch that again and again, for it was glorious.
Helu has emerged over the last few weeks as a tremendous threat on the ground and through the air, and if that athleticism doesn't prove that he can be a consistent contributor, we at Daybreak 5th Quarter headquarters don't know what will.
So savor this, Redskins fans. The Jets are in next week and they'll be hungry for a win to keep their playoff dreams intact.