NCAA Game Summary - East Carolina vs. Maryland|
(Wednesday, December 29th)
Final Score: Maryland 51, East Carolina 20
Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - Da'Rel Scott rushed for 200 yards and two
touchdowns on just 13 carries and D.J. Adams scored four times to help Ralph
Friedgen end his Maryland tenure on a winning note, as the Terrapins shut down
East Carolina, 51-20, to capture the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium.
Danny O'Brien threw for 181 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for
the Terrapins (9-4), which became the first team in ACC history to go from two
or fewer victories one season to nine or more the next.
Despite the turnaround and unprecedented success during his 10-year reign,
Friedgen had the final year of his contract bought out earlier this month.
"I have three daughters and 120 sons. I am going to miss these kids," an
emotional Friedgen said. "If you have to go out this is the best way to do it.
I am happy to watch this team and I wish them the very best. I am with them in
spirit every step of the way."
Dominique Davis was intercepted twice and while throwing for a pedestrian 268
yards on 35-of-57 efficiency for the Pirates (6-7), who gave up at least 42
points in their final six games of the season, five resulting in losses.
ECU was out-gained, 297-32, on the ground.
The game started out well for the Conference USA program, as Emanuel Davis
came down with an interception on the first play from scrimmage.
Things quickly deteriorated when Giavanni Ruffin was stuffed on 4th-and-1 from
midfield. Three plays later, O'Brien hit Kevin Dorsey in stride along the
right sideline en route to a 45-yard score.
The Pirates blocked the extra point, but they turned it over their next two
touches. Maryland's Travis Baltz, after missing a 25-yard field goal following
the second turnover, made a 23-yard chip shot 5:14 into the second stanza.
A roughing the passer penalty on fourth down extended ECU's ensuing drive,
leading to Michael Barbour's 37-yard field goal.
Maryland answered immediately, as Davin Meggett's 44-yard jaunt set up a one-
yard plunge from Adams for a 16-3 lead heading into the break.
On the third play of the second half, David Mackall intercepted Davis and
returned the pick 34 yards to the ECU one-yard line. Adams took it in from
there for a 23-3 lead.
Lance Lewis' acrobatic 20-yard touchdown grab cut into the deficit with 9:51
remaining in the third, only to have Maryland embark on a 11-play, 69-yard
drive that Adams finished with another one-yard dive.
After Barbour made a 31-yarder late in the third quarter, Scott took a delayed
draw and went untouched for a 61-yard score and a healthy 37-13 lead.
Maryland had a 1st-and-goal situation from the two-yard line early in the
fourth and failed to score. The play immediately following the goal-line stand
saw Scott take another one up the middle and into daylight for a 91-yard TD.
Adams' culminated his four-TD performance with a four-yard run with under five
minutes left, and ECU's Justin Jones capped the scoring with a 14-yard
reception from Brad Wornick.
"Coming into the season we lost 30-plus kids," justified ECU head coach Ruffin
McNeill. "The offense made lots of progress this year. We'll bounce
back...We'll be OK."
This was the first-ever meeting between the schools...Maryland defensive
lineman Drew Gloster, offensive lineman Pete White and wide receivers Quintin
McCree and Ronnie Tyler did not play due to academic reasons...Friedgen
finished with a 5-2 record in bowl games. Prior to his arrival, Maryland made
just one postseason appearance in the previous 15 years...Meggett totaled 114
yards from scrimmage...O'Brien completed 13-of-22 passes...Lewis ended with 11
catches for 137 yards...The Terps evened-up their all-time bowl record at
11-11-2, while East Carolina fell to 8-9 in the postseason.
12/29 19:23:43 ET