One Final Goal Line Stand Gives Maryland A Narrow 17-14 Win Over Navy

It seemed like every important play in this game happened on the Maryland goal line. But Navy was only able to get touchdowns on one of their five trips inside the Maryland two-yard line.

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Reaction From Testudo Times

Once the guys who run our Maryland blog, Testudo Times, were able to pick their jaw up off the ground following Maryland's win, they provided some immediate reaction. Here is some of what they had to say.

Maryland started off the game like gangbusters: two drives, zero recorded passing attempts, 139 rushing yards, and two TDs. The Terps entered the second quarter winning 14-0, and could've been up by more had they taken advantage of a few of Navy's mistakes.

After that, it was Navy all the way. The Midshipmen's time of possession was pushing 40:00, twice as much as Maryland's 20:34. The Middies had 485 total yards; Maryland had just 271. The Terps' offense did little to nothing, and Navy rolled.

Except when they entered the red zone, also known as the Fumble Zone. Seven times they entered the red zone; a missed field goal, two fumbles, the end of a half, and a turnover on downs later, they scored only twice. Maryland's defense, supposedly the Terps' weak point, saved the game.

Maryland's rushing offense looked good enough. Navy's defensive line is small enough to make anyone temper their reactions, but 255 rushing yards is pretty good against anyone. Da'Rel Scott had his moments and Davin Meggett was one of the Terps' stars. What's really troubling is Maryland's passing attack; all confidence in Jamarr Robinson should be lost, as he went just 3-6 for 16 yards and an interception and looked constantly flustered in the pocket. Of course, that's why Danny O'Brien entered the game, but we'll hit more on that later.

For now, all you need to know is that Maryland's defense is better than we thought, they need to find a QB of the future, and, most importantly, they won their season opener.

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Full Recap Of Maryland's Win Over Navy

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Maryland held on 4th-and-goal from inside the two-yard line in the final minute to snuff out a 15-play drive and hold off Navy, 17-14, in the season-opening Crab Bowl for both teams.

Maryland (1-0) regained the lead at 17-14 on a 24-yard field goal by Travis Baltz with 7:50 left in the game. The Terrapins, coming off a 2-10 season, improved to 7-3 in season openers under head coach Ralph Friedgen.

Navy (0-1) then moved down the field methodically from its own 30-yard line before being blunted at the goal line. The Midshipmen controlled the ball for 39 1/2 minutes, running 82 plays and piling up 485 yards, including 412 on the ground.

Navy called time out prior to the decisive play and elected to go for the win. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs, on a keeper, was hit shy of the goal line and denied the potential game-winning score with 34 seconds to play, as Navy came up empty for a fifth time in seven tries in the red zone.

Dobbs completed 6-of-10 passes for 73 yards and carried 29 times for 63 yards while Vince Murray rumbled for 112 yards on 14 totes, Gee Gee Greene carried seven times for 74 yards and Andre Byrd added 54 yards on nine tries.

Trailing 14-0, Navy fashioned a nine-play, 64-yard march that was capped off by Byrd's 10-yard run around left end for a touchdown just 35 seconds into the second quarter.

Navy was driving for the tying score with under five minutes to go in the half before Dobbs was hit and fumbled inside the five-yard line, as Maryland recovered at its own six.

The Midshipmen made it inside the five-yard line again but ran out of time as the half expired as they were trying to line up for a field goal attempt. It was the third empty trip inside the red-zone for Navy in the first 30 minutes.

Dobbs fumbled again inside the one on the way to what looked like the tying touchdown for the visitors with about nine minutes left in the third quarter.

Navy finally got the game tied with 1:52 remaining in the third on a one-yard scoring run by Dobbs that capped off a seven-play, 76-yard drive.

Da'rel Scott took a pitch around left end and scampered five yards to the end zone to cap off an eight-play, 59-yard drive to put the Terps ahead 7-0 4 1/2 minutes into the game.

Davin Meggett ran for a three-yard score on Maryland's next possession to push the lead to 14-0 with just over four minutes left in the opening stanza. He finished as the Terps' leading rusher with 105 yards on eight carries.

Maryland quarterback Jamarr Robinson ran for 92 yards on 12 carries and went 2-for-5 for 11 yards throwing the football.

Navy leads the all-time series, 14-7, but this was just the second time the schools had met since 1965.

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One Final Goal Line Stand Gives Maryland Exciting 17-14 Win Over Navy

This game just had to come down to a goal line situation, didn't it? So many of the biggest plays in this game took place on the Maryland goal line, this type of situation was inevitable.

With Navy trailing by three, and under a minute left in the game, Navy once again got the ball to Maryland's door step. But on fourth down, once again, they weren't able to penetrate the Maryland defensive front.

Ricky Dobbs attempted to go off left tackle, but was stuffed by two Maryland players in the backfield. That makes four times that Navy got into the red zone with nothing to show for it. We'll have a more complete re-cap shortly.

On the mean time, you can check out our Maryland blog, Testudo Times, for reaction from the Terps sideline.

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Maryland Vs. Navy: Rushing Touchdown From Ricky Dobbs Ties Score At 14

Navy was on the goal line so much, they just had to punch one in for a touchdown didn't they?

After a handful of failed red zone trips, Ricky Dobbs finally got into the end zone from one yard out, to tie the game at 14 a piece.

Navy's drive went 76 yards in just 7 plays featuring, like every other one of their drives tonight, a strong running game.

There's a lot of football left in this one, but Navy has all the momentum at this point.

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Maryland Vs. Navy: Ricky Dobbs Fumbles At Goal Line As Navy Squanders Another Scoring Opportunity

At this point, Navy's inability to convert in the red zone is getting ridiculous. Once again, they marched down the field, methodically running all the way to the Terps' goal line. Once again, they get no points.

This time, they have Heisman Trophy hopeful Ricky Dobbs to blame. The Navy quarterback fumbled at the goal line on an option play, and Maryland's Ryan Donahue recovered at the Maryland one yard line. Dobbs, incredibly, did not cover the ball up with two hands, and he paid the price.

Navy has completely dominated the game since Maryland took a 14-0 lead, and yet, they still trail 14-7.

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Maryland Vs. Navy: Missed Opportunities Costing Navy As They Trail 14-7 At Halftime

It's halftime at the Crab Bowl at M&T Bank Stadium, and Maryland leads Navy 14-7. The Terps raced off to a fast start, but Navy has dominated the game since. Unfortunately for Navy, they've missed several major opportunities to take the lead in this game. The Midshipmen have been inside the red zone four times already, and they only have seven points to show for it. 

On their first drive of the game, Navy marched the ball down to the 15-yard line, but kicker Joe Buckley clanked a 32-yard field goal off the left upright. Then, on their third drive of the game, the Midshipmen got the ball all the way down to the one-yard line, but Maryland linebacker Adrian Moten made a spectacular play, leaping over the Navy offensive line a la LaVar Arrington and forcing quarterback Ricky Dobbs to fumble.

However, it was the third missed opportunity that was most baffling. With no timeouts left, Navy made a curious decision to attempt another option play. Dobbs ended up keeping the ball, and he was tackled inbounds at the two-yard line. Time ran out, and Navy missed an opportunity to further cut into the lead. After the play, coach Ken Niumatalolo was seen screaming at the officials. Here's a picture,

via Winfield Featherston of Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat.

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Maryland Vs. Navy: Adrian Moten Leaps Over Offensive Line, Forces Turnover At Goal Line

Maryland needed to do something to prevent Navy from tying the game at 14. The Midshipmen had methodically rushed down the field, converting a 4th and 8, among other plays, in a seven-minute drive that got them to the goal line.

And then linebacker Adrian Moten made the play of the game. Channeling LaVar Arrington, Moten leaped over the offensive line to sack Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs and force a fumble that was eventually recovered by defensive back Antwine Perez. It was a stunning play that had to be a huge backbreaker for Navy. After all that work getting the ball down to the goal line, the Midshipmen ended up getting nothing.

Navy now has the ball back, but thanks to Moten's heroics, they still trail 14-7. 

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Maryland Vs. Navy: Maryland's First Passing Play Results In An Interception

Sooner or later, somebody was going to have to pass the ball in this game. Maryland finally bit the bullet deep in Navy territory, and things didn't go as planned. 

Navy's Emmett Merchant picked off Maryland quarterback Jamar Robinson's pass at the four yard line and returned it 27 yards to the Navy 31, ending yet another promising Maryland drive. Robinson's pass wasn't close to his intended receiver, and considering Maryland's success running the ball, you have to wonder why offensive coordinator James Franklin decided to call that pass play.

Either way, Navy is now driving trying to tie this game at 14.

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Maryland Vs. Navy: Andre Byrd Gets Navy On Board With 10-Yard Touchdown Run

You figured Navy's offense was too good to be held scoreless for long. Sure enough, they got into gear, running off a long drive capped by a 10-yard touchdown run from Andre Byrd. They now trail Maryland 14-7.

The Terps had a golden opportunity to end the drive one play earlier. Byrd had a long run, but fumbled at the end of the play. The ball squirted toward sophomore linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, but instead of diving on the ball, Hartsfield tried to pick it up while standing upright. The ball went out of bounds, giving it back to Navy, and Byrd ended up scoring on the next play.

In case you were wondering, Navy has thrown one pass the entire game. Maryland? None. No wonder we're already in the second quarter.

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Maryland Vs. Navy: Davin Meggett Picks Up Where Da'Rel Scott Left Off, Gives Terps 14-0 Lead

On the first Maryland drive, it was Da'Rel Scott that ran all over the Navy defense. On the second drive, it was backup Davin Meggett.

Meggett had a 67-yard run to open the drive, and later finished it off with a three-yard touchdown run to give the Terps a 14-0 lead. The Terps continue to run all over the Navy defense, giving them a taste of their own medicine. 

Improbably, there has only been one passing play in the entire game, and it resulted in a pass interference that gave Maryland a first and goal. Two plays later, Meggett took it in from three yards out. 

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Maryland Vs. Navy: Missed Field Goal Keeps Maryland's Lead At 7-0

Navy quickly responded to Maryland's touchdown run with two big plays to march into the red zone. However, their drive stalled there, thanks to some stingy Maryland defense on third down, forcing a field goal attempt.

Unfortunately for Navy, kicker Joe Buckley couldn't convert. Buckey's field goal attempt from the right hash mark slammed off the left upright, keeping Maryland's lead at 7-0. The Terps will now take over inside their own 20 yard line.

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Maryland Vs. Navy: Da'Rel Scott Dominates Opening Drive As Maryland Goes Up 7-0

It's tough to script a better start to the 2010 season than the one Maryland just had against Navy. In their first drive of the 2010 season, the Terrapins ran all over Navy, marching 59 yards in eight plays on a drive capped off by a five-yard touchdown run for running back Da'Rel Scott. 

Scott and quarterback Jamar Robinson gave Navy a taste of their own medicine the entire time. Maryland did not attempt a single pass play, choosing instead to run right through the Navy defense. Scott had 36 yards on the drive on five carries, reintroducing himself to the football world after a horrendous 2009 season.

Navy will get their first chance to score now. 

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It's Official: Maryland Kicker Nick Ferrara Will Not Play

Over the weekend, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen stopped short of ruling out kicker Nick Ferrara for today's game against Navy with a groin injury. However, it appears Ferrara's groin injury has not sufficiently recovered. The team has officially ruled him out for today's game, according to Patrick Stevens

Punter Travis Baltz will handle all field goals and extra points today, which could prove to be significant if the game is as close as many expect. 

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Getting You Ready For Maryland-Navy

The Maryland-Navy game begins in just under three hours, and SB Nation's Maryland blog Testudo Times has everything you need to know about the game here. Go check out that link to get caught up on all the key storylines for today's game.

Also, I highly recommend dropping by their game thread here

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Maryland May Be Without Kicker Nick Ferrara Against Navy

When you're trying to come back from a 2-10 season like the Maryland Terrapins are you need all hands on deck. But as Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Terps might not have starting kicker Nick Ferrara at their disposal when they face Navy on Monday.

Coach Friedgen did not sound optimistic about the chances of K Nick Ferrara playing Monday. He has a groin strain. When I asked Fridge if Ferrara had been ruled out of the game, he replied: "Not yet." P Travis Baltz would play in his place.

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College Football Kickoff: Maryland, Navy Resume Rivalry In Crab Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Boise St. isn't the only football game going on in the area on Monday. The Maryland Terrapins will kick off what they hope to be a bounce back season against the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy, in a game that will be played in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Ravens.

Maryland will have to bounce pretty high for it to be truly considered a bounce back season. The Terps finished an incredibly disappointing 2-10, which included an overtime win against James Madison, and a loss to Middle Tennessee St.

Maryland's hopes rest on new quarterback Jamarr Robinson, who might be able to provide the dual threat presence that Ralph Friedgen has been lacking for the last few years. Robinson, now a junior, will lead an offense that relys heavily on their outstanding wide receiver and kick returner Torrey Smith, who was a memeber of the All-ACC Team a year ago.

Meanwhile, Navy is coming off a successful 10-4 campaign, which was capped off by a convincing 35-13 win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

Navy's triple option gameplan begins, and ends, with quarterback Ricky Dobbs. Last season, Dobbs had just over 2,200 total yards through the air and on the ground, to go along with 32 touchdowns. He's sure to put up similarly impressive numbers this time around.

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