The Terps played one of their best games of the season in the national spotlight, giving Friedgen his fifth career bowl win, We wanted to make sure coach went out with a bang, said running back DaRel Scott. Maryland finished the season with a 9-4 record after beating the now 6-7 Pirates using their balanced offensive attack, and stout defense.
Eastern Carolina came into the game sporting the seventh ranked passing attack in the nation. Lead by junior quarterback Dominique Davis, who came into the game with 3699-yards passing and 36 touchdowns, ECU looked to control the game through the air against the Terps. However, Maryland was prepared for the twelfth ranked scoring team, as they continuously confused the junior passer forcing two interceptions on the day. They whooped us from the first play all the way to the end, said ECU quarterback Davis. Lead by senior linebacker Alex Wujaiac, Marylands defense did a top-notch job of stopping the ECU running game, holding a slew of rushers to a mere 32 yards, on 21 carries. The Terps defense also forced four fumbles, two of which were recovered.
Marylands young upstart offense continued to impress in their last game, amassing 478 total yards. Lead by the ACC Rookie of the Year Danny OBrien, the Terrapins steamrolled ECUs defense, which seemingly stacked up well against the Maryland offense before the game. OBrien controlled the game under center, completing 13 of 22 passes, for 181 yards and a touchdown.
Adding to the Maryland offensive attack was their dominant run game, which came from multiple players throughout the game. Lead by senior DaRel Scott, the Maryland rushing attack accounted for a whopping 297 yards on the ground as six different rushers contributed. Scott went out with a bang at the military bowl, breaking off a 91-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, as he shelled out 201 yards and 2 TDs on thirteen attempts in the game. Scott completed the season with 708 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground. Also coming up with a huge game was D.J. Adams, who had four rushing touchdowns on the day.
ECUs defense successfully attempted to shutdown the Terps stud senior wide out Torrey Smith, as he accounted for a mere two catches for ten yards on the day. After the game, Smith told reporters that he would be entering the NFL draft this spring. Smith completed a stellar season, totaling 65 receptions, for 1045 yards and 12 touchdowns.
It couldnt have ended any better for the Terps and Coach Friedgen, as they not only won the Military Bowl, but also completed the second best turn around in all of college football. Now the Terp community looks to the questions of next year, and what will come of the new program.