Maryland’s ability to run the ball to win the game
Maryland turned to its bread and butter from the offensive side of the ball. The Terrapin offense carried the ball for a combined 261 rushing yards on 34 carries.
Running back Davin Meggett led the way for the Terps, the junior picked up 105 yards rushing and a touchdown run on the Midshipman defense.
The young back opened up the Terps second drive with a 67 yard run from scrimmage. Meggett finished off the drive with a one yard touchdown run to give the Terps an early 14-0 lead.
Maryland’s starting senior running back, Da’Rel Scott, provided an early punch for the Terp’s rushing attack. Scott helped send the tempo for Maryland’s opening drive picking up 35 yards on 5 carries, with a five yard touchdown run to give the Terps their first score of the season.
Scott was limited the rest of the game after getting his wrist taped. It is unknown yet whether or not this injury coincides to last year when Scott broke his wrist.
Nevertheless, with a healthy Scott, the Terps should have one of the best running tandems in the ACC with Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett.
Maryland quarterback Jamarr Robinson was a pleasant surprise for the Terps. In his third start of his junior year, Robinson showed his ability to make plays outside the pocket, rushing for 92 yards.
Robinson’s mobility allowed him to pick up crucial first downs after the pocket had collapsed. His mobility has become an obvious asset for the team, last year’s senior quarterback; Chris Turner, who was limited outside of the pocket.
Maryland’s Clock Management and Quarterback Woe’s
Late in the fourth quarter, head coach Ralph Friedgen found his defense backed up on the one yard line, with Navy threatening to pull ahead of Maryland’s 17-14 lead. The Terrapins were left with one time out and Ralph Friedgen elected to let the play clock run down to 41 seconds in the fourth quarter before calling for Maryland’s last time out. The decision could of cost Maryland the game had Navy’s quarterback been able to punch the ball in from the one yard line.
The main reason for concern in Friedgen not calling a timeout is that it would have left the Terps with most likely 30 seconds after the kickoff and only one time out.
Furthermore, Jamarr Robinson had only attempted five pass attempts including an interception.
The decision would have put pressure on a young quarterback and could of ultimately left the Terps with not enough time. In a season where Friedgen’s job is at stake could have been costly for the coach himself.
Friedgen almost found himself in hot water after freshman quarterback Danny O’Brien fumbled the hand off to running back Davin Megget. The decision to put O’ Brien into the game came after Tony Logan returned a Midshipman put for 58 yards and set up the Terrapins inside the red zone at the Navy 16 yard line.
The turnover marked Maryland’s second turnover inside Navy’s side of the field for the Terps.
Maryland’s Inability to Stop Navy’s Triple Option Attack
The Maryland Terrapin defense appeared a step slow in reacting to Navy’s triple option. Maryland’s interior constantly over pursued the option and in result gave up 412 net rushing yards.
Alarmingly the Terrapin defense allowed the Midshipman to rush the ball 72 times. Navy continued its sheer dominance over the Terrapin defense picking up an 26 first downs.
The Terrapin defense appeared to have no solution for stopping Midshipman fullback Vince Murray, who rushed for a hard fought 112 yards.
The Terps struggles did not stop with Murray, Midshipman Heisman candidate quarterback Ricky Dobbs rushed for 63 yards on 29 attempts. Dobb’s ultimately was the goat after turning the ball over three times on the Maryland one yard line.
If it wasn’t for three Midshipman collapses at Maryland’s goal line, the Terps would have most certainly found their selves on the other side of the outcome.
The Good News
The Maryland Terrapins were able to get the sometimes elusive first win of the season. After only winning two games all last season the Terps have hopefully put 2009 behind them and return to the winning ways of Terrapin football.
The Bad News
The Terps still have a lot of work left to do, and yesterday showed that the Terrapins have a lot of alarming holes on defense.
Although the Terps do not have to play the Midshipman again this year, teams such as the West Virginia Mountaineers and Clemson Tigers will key in on Maryland’s inability to run to the ball on defense and tackle.
Also noted is that Terrapin punter Nick Baltz did a nice job in handling Maryland’s kicking responsibilities after Terrapin kicker Nick Ferrara who was sidelined with a groin pull. Nick Baltz connected on the game winning field goal from 24 yards out. The Terrapin punter connected on both of this extra point opportunities, and averaged 53 yards a punt with one inside the Midshipman twenty.