On a beautiful Labor Day holiday, the Maryland Terrapins (1-0) and Navy Midshipman (0-1) faced off in the Crab Bowl in Baltimore, Md.
In a game with only 16 total pass attempts, it was only fitting that a goal line stand would determine the victor. The Maryland Terrapins defense found themselves with their backs up against the wall, but for the third time of the day, were able to keep the Navy Midshipman out of the end zone. The Terrapins edged out the Midshipman 17-14, to take home the Crab Bowl Trophy.
The stop was enough to give the Terrapins their first win of the season. Wins were hard to come by last year for Terps after going 2-10 in 2009.
The Midshipman were haunted inside the goal line by the Maryland Terrapin defense. Maryland’s defense bent all game giving up 485 total yards, but never did break against a fierce Midshipman rushing attack.
Setting the pace early on their first possession, Maryland scored on a eight-play 59 yard touchdown drive. Senior running back Da’Rel Scott capped off the drive with a five yard touchdown run.
Da’Rel Scott finished the day with 54 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Vince Murray paced the Midshipman offense running for 111 yards on 13 carries. After suffering TFL last year, Murray continued his style of hard-nosed running inside the tackles.
Maryland struggled against the Midshipman triple-option attack all game. The Terrapins found their interior men constantly over pursuing the option. The Terrapin defense stood tall though when they were on the goal line, forcing two turnovers inside the red zone.
Maryland was led by junior running back Davin Meggett, who rushed for 105 yards on eight carries. Davin Meggett stepped up for the Terrapins, opening up the Terrapins second drive with a 67 yard scamper.
Meggett finished off the drive with a three yard touchdown run to improve Maryland’s lead to 14-0.
The Midshipman responded the next drive with a 64 yard touchdown drive and pushed the score to 14-7.
Maryland’s first goal line stand came after Midshipman quarterback Ricky Dobbs fumbled the football on the Maryland one yard line mid-way through the second quarter.
The next possession, Ricky Dobbs led the Midshipman down to the red zone again and fumbled the ball as time expired on the first half.
With 2:05 left in the third quarter the Midshipman knotted the game at 14-14 when Ricky Dobbs managed to punch it into the end zone from the one yard line.
The wheels almost fell off the wagon for the Maryland Terrapins after freshman quarterback Danny O’Brien fumbled the snap to Davin Meggett. The fumble came one play after Tony Logan returned a Midshipman punt for 58 yards.
The Terrapins regrouped and with 8:07 left in the fourth quarter, Terrapin punter Travis Baltz connected on a 24 yard field goal. Baltz, was filling in for kicker Nick Ferrara who was sidelined with a groin pull.
Maryland’s final test came at the one yard line when Ricky Dobbs failed to punch the ball into the end zone on fourth down. The Terrapin defense withstood three goal line stands, and with their backs up against the wall prevailed against the Midshipman.