A Storybook Ending For Terps and Friedgen

The Maryland Terrapins defeated East Carolina in the Military Bowl on Wednesday 51-20 to send Coach Friedgen off with a win.

The Military Bowl marked the end of a bounce back season for University of Maryland football, and a storybook ending to ACC Coach of the Year Ralph Friedgen’s ten years at head coach. In Friedgren’s last game as head coach of the University of Maryland, the Terps showed up in a big way, blowing out their opponent East Carolina 51-20. After the game, Friedgen said, “If you have to go out, this is the best way to do it.”

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 Da’Rel 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, Maryland’s 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.

Maryland’s young upstart offense continued to impress in their last game, amassing 478 total yards. Lead by the ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O’Brien, the Terrapins steamrolled ECU’s defense, which seemingly stacked up well against the Maryland offense before the game. O’Brien 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 Da’Rel 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.

ECU’s 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 couldn’t 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.

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