Scores

Final

Navy 14

(0-1)

Maryland 17

(1-0)

Coverage: ESPN

4:00 PM ET, September 6, 2010

1 2 3 4 T
NAVY 0 7 7 014
MD 14 0 0 317

Top Performers

Passing: R. Dobbs (NAVY) - 73 YDS

Rushing: D. Meggett (MD) - 8 CAR, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Greene (NAVY) - 4 REC, 59 YDS

Last-minute goal-line stand gives Maryland win over error-prone Navy

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Navy dominated the time of possession, outgained Maryland by nearly 200 yards and made 15 more first downs.

None of this lessened the enjoyment the Terrapins derived from their 17-14 victory Monday.

Kenny Tate stopped Ricky Dobbs at the goal line with 34 seconds left, and Maryland stunned their in-state rivals to break a seven-game losing streak that began last October.

"Perseverance. That's all we've been preaching all summer," Terrapins linebacker Alex Wujciak said. "We knew we were going to face adversity in a game like this, we knew there would be plays when they gained a lot of yards. We just had to overcome it."

The Midshipmen (0-1) held the ball for nearly 19 minutes longer than Maryland (1-0), amassed 485 yards and collected 26 first downs. But in a game influenced by untimely turnovers and huge penalties, the outcome was decided by a gritty goal-line stand.

Trailing 17-14 with a fourth down at the 1, Navy decided to go for the win. Dobbs took the snap, went to his left and was met by Tate, who would not relent to the momentum Dobbs brought to the line.

"We should have kicked the field goal to send it into overtime," coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "In hindsight, we should have just kicked the ball."

Earlier in the drive, Dobbs was stopped on a third-and-8. But Maryland's Adrian Moten was flagged for grabbing the facemask on the play, and the Midshipmen advanced until Tate's big play.

"I thought I was going to be able to get it outside," Dobbs said. "I felt 100 percent confident that we were going to be able to punch it in."

Coming off a 2-10 season, the Terrapins came in as underdogs against a Navy team that went 10-4 and beat Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

But Maryland raced to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and then held on behind a defense that repeatedly excelled after Navy got inside the 20.

The Midshipmen had a 7 1/2-minute edge in time of possession in the first half, yet trailed 14-7 after coming up empty on drives of 52, 63 and 66 yards.

In the second half, Dobbs lost a fumble at the Maryland 1 and was stuffed by Tate on the game's pivotal play.

"We had a lot of opportunities," Niumatalolo said. "We left 31 points on the field."

Dobbs ran for 63 yards and a touchdown, but the senior quarterback fumbled three times -- losing two of them at the Maryland 1.

"I take sole responsibility for the occurrences here today," Dobbs said. "I didn't get the job done."

Niumatalolo said, "He's human. He's done some great things for us and won a lot of games for us. We all make mistakes. I made one at the end of the game."

There were plenty by both teams.

"Both of us turned the ball over when we wouldn't want to," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. "Last year, we probably wouldn't have won this game. We found a way to hang in there. Hopefully, this will build confidence and be a positive experience for them."

Maryland never trailed despite allowing the Midshipmen to amass 429 yards rushing.

"I can't remember a time when we rushed for 400 yards and lost," Niumatalolo said. "There's no consolation in moving the ball."

Navy didn't punt until early in the fourth quarter, and the short kick was returned 57 yards by Tony Logan to the Navy 16.

Maryland promptly fumbled the ball away on a missed exchange involving backup quarterback Danny O'Brien -- his only play of the game.

"We wanted to get Danny in the game," Friedgen said.

The Midshipmen pulled even at 14 with 1:52 left in the third quarter when Dobbs scored from the 1 on a drive that began with wide receiver Greg Jones running 53 yards on a reverse.

A crowd of 69,348 showed up for the second meeting between the teams since 1965. There's no telling when the next matchup between the two will be held.

"It's a great game," Friedgen said. "We ought to be doing it."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NAVY
MD
1st Downs2611
Total Yards485272
Passing7311
Rushing412261
Penalties5-354-30
3rd Down Conversions10-181-5
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers22
Possession39:2620:34

Passing Leaders

NavyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dobbs6/10737.300
MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Robinson2/5112.201

Rushing Leaders

NavyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murray141128.0027
Greene77410.6025
MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Meggett810513.1167
Robinson12927.7028

Receiving Leaders

NavyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Greene45914.8026
Jones177.007
MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith166.006
Cannon155.005

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNAVYMD
TD10:28Da'Rel Scott 5 Yd Run (Travis Baltz Kick) 07
TD04:15Davin Meggett 3 Yd Run (Travis Baltz Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERNAVYMD
TD14:25Andre Byrd 10 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 714
THIRD QUARTERNAVYMD
TD01:52Ricky Dobbs 1 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 1414
FOURTH QUARTERNAVYMD
FG07:50Travis Baltz 24 Yd 1417