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Maryland holds off Navy in 17-14 football win

Well, it wasn't the prettiest game, but the Terrapins were able to hold off Navy for a 17-14 win. What do you think of the opener? Vote in the poll, leave your thoughts in the comments.

Lavar Arrington offers his take on the game over at his Hard Hits blog. Check it out here.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  September 6, 2010; 7:32 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Comments

Frankly, even though I am generally an optimist, UMD looked much better than I expected. Darel Scott and Meggett will be forces to be reckoned with on the offensive side. Jamarr Robinson is very athletic, and while we didnt see him throw much, I am not sure we will really need too (but he will cause chaos when he has too!). Our defensive line played a great game, especially given that navy's entire game is the option....which is hard enough to truly stop as it is. I see a team with LOTS of young talent, on both sides of the ball.. but also a team with character and determination. the sky is the limit.

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | September 6, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see a win, however this coaching staff should all be fired. The change in QB on the 15 yard line was an awful call. It wasn't fair to either QB. This team won despite such horrible coaching!

Posted by: fellowfan | September 6, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, three coaching miscues. What on earth were these guys thinking?

Posted by: AncientTerp | September 6, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

How did Terps look? THEY WON.

Posted by: dawnt5150 | September 6, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

i agree with everyone. the kids had incredible heart. the coaching was horrid. the coaches made things much more complicated than they needed to. let's see: moving the ball at will by running? let's throw it into the endzone! great momentum after a great kick return? why, let's put in a freshman QB who hadn't played all game! again, moving the ball at will? let's run a reverse that got a whole yard! ok, that's all for complaining. the kids bailed out these terrible (offensive) coaches.

Posted by: birdynumnum | September 6, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

It has been said above a number of times. the coaching was terrible!! Who is calling the plays? They stunk!and maybe need to be replaced quickly! The kids played their hearts out and deserved the win. The navy fumbles were caused by a hard hitting Maryland defense.

Posted by: wtress233 | September 6, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

So, why didn't they throw to our bigger/faster receivers? Terps got lucky. Not encouraged.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 6, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The cover story in the Post magazine on Ricky Dobbs was Navy's undoing. I think that, from the coach on down, they succumbed to all the pre-season hype. They need to get their heads out of the clouds and play the game.

Posted by: mcregge1 | September 6, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Had Navy not botched numerous chances in the redzone they would have blown Maryland off the field and the Terp's coaching staff was horrible that being said Maryland should be estatic.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 6, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

After last season, have to admit that I wasn't expecting much. It was good to get the win tonight. Would be nice if the Terps won 6 games, went to a bowl game and won it so that Ralph could end his tenure on a high note. I love the Terps and RF. I hope they win every game, but I think they'll have to play their best just to get to 6 wins.

Posted by: bigtim320 | September 6, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I was impressed with the running game... but I sure as heck hope Robinson can learn to stay in the pocket and throw, because he is gonna get killed if he tries all that scrambling when they play teams with better linebackers...

Posted by: soriphius | September 6, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

First things first... CONGRATULATIONS TERPS!

However, I was disappointed with the horrible play calling. I haven't been too impressed with Rich Franklin's play calling. He is so predictable!

The Terp's offense was offensive, and really were bailed out by the defensive and special teams.

Why do I say our offense stunk. We played the running game well, and scored. However, we never got into any passing rhythm. To be competetive in the ACC we will need to light up the score board in more that one way.

Teams will plan on blocking our run game, then what? And, don't count on the defense to bail you out everytime.

We need to get Torrey Smith involved, and Logan as well.

Alex W., Motten, A J Francis played outstanding. However, I would like to see more QB pressure, and run stoppage.

Go Terps! Hope you have a great year, and an even better recruiting year.

Coach Fridge I want you here, but please kick Franklin curb side. Our teams were more explosive offensively when you were calling the plays.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 6, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Oops. Not Rich but James Franklin.

Sorry...

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 6, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Oops. Not Rich but James Franklin.

Sorry...

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 6, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I was there! "Looking live," as Brent Mussburger would say.

I saw an offensive line that was dramatically improved and running the ball with confidence. I also saw a quarterback that only had played in 4 games and made a crucial error in the red zone when they could have gotten out to a huge lead.

The defense may have given up a tremendous amount of yards but I was impressed by there aggressiveness. The face mask penalty should have only been a 5 yarder under the old rules and Moten barely even caught him. It didn't affect the play that much because he would have been stopped short no matter what.

Danny O'Brien should not have been playing in that moment. That was an awful call by Fridge. Now he should get some playing time against Morgan State providing we play hard and well like we did today.

But overall, I saw a different team who was not giving up even though Navy's running attack is very hard to stop because they do have better talent than the other academies. Now all they need to do is focus on next week and not look ahead to WVU. I think having the "rivals" on the schedule is ampping them up a bit.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | September 6, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Also, the passing game was non-existent but that was because of the time of possession and the fact that we were dominating the line of scrimmage when we had the ball. Though I saw multiple times that Jamarr should have checked off because they were playing the run and had single coverage with only one safety over the top and he needs to take advantage of that with fly routes and pump fakes. Then they wouldn't have stacked the box as much but they were terrified of Torrey Smith.

Also, Kudos to Special Teams as they came up huge today with Traviz Baltz back to All-ACC form and Tony Logan with a huge punt return as well as handling the pooch kicks on the kick-offs.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | September 6, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Lots to work on. But the team has a clutch win against a quality opponent -- that's something to build on. I predict they'll be playing much better by the end of the season. Go Terps!

Posted by: SmittyATL | September 6, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree with everyone here about the bad coaching. Many stupid, predictable play calls throughout the game. I won't even go into that though. The end of the game, where we let 20 seconds go off the clock before calling TO with 57 seconds left stuck out to me as lazy coaching.Call the timeout, get it together, and if they score you got 20 more seconds to at least have a chance.

Nice D though on 4th down. : )

Posted by: TheMangler | September 6, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Great job by Fridge getting the kids ready for this game. Wish the fans on here would be more specific and talk about Franklin's total failure as an offensive coach instead of referring to the coaching staff in general. If MD ever replaces Fridge with that affirmative action coach I will hand in my season tickets. Give him his million and let him walk.

Will summarize my thoughts on the game later this week, want to watch it on tv tomorrow. One thing I will say is the MD fans should get some credit for this victory. The stadium was loud as hell on that last drive and helped cause 3 navy offensive false starts in the game.

And to the 5 MD fans that I watched leave with 2 minutes left: hope you beat that traffic you nerds

Posted by: Barno1 | September 7, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Was there, saw a team much like the one the Fridge had when he came on the scene, a hungry squad looking to put a bad season in the past. They made up for some bad coaching decisions. Putting O'Brien in just after that big punt return was one of many bonehead decisions. After that return, our O-Line was so fired up the Fridge himself could have probably scored behind their blocking. The pass play deep in Navy territory that got picked off when our running game was like a hot knife through warm butter was another bonehead move. Sometimes I liken Franklin to the super smart kid in school that can solve all kinds of mathmatical equations but can't get his locker open. Great job by the kids..they showed great heart. Navy, My hat is off to you not only for what you showed on the field but for what you show in life. God Bless.

Posted by: kaptainterp | September 7, 2010 3:43 AM | Report abuse

Hate to pile on, but a few of MD's play calls and personnel changes were baffling. More troubling than the coaching lapses was fact that the defense got gashed for 485 yards. Great win for the program but the defense will have to get a lot better to be at all competitive in conference.

Posted by: pjz123 | September 7, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

This was a fun game to watch and I thought that the both teams looked fairly well coached, with a few glaring exceptions. For Maryland, the first pass, intercepted, when the running game could not be stopped, and the QB switch after the punt return? Where did these calls come from. Please fix that. Navy also appears to be a singular faceted offense, but very effective. The final call was gutsy, but not the call most coaches would have made.

Posted by: patrickbell | September 7, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

When I was in the Maryland Marching Band, we had a saying for games like this: "Holy S#!T, we were lucky!"

Posted by: luv2bikva | September 7, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Players for the most part played with grit and performed better than expected. The coaches were terrible again. They put the players into bad situation just like they did all of last year.

Posted by: minhle1 | September 7, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Good win, sometimes you win in spite of your coaches. This was a prime example of getting out-coached, but still coming out w/ the win. Issue 1- can someone please explain why Meggett got at least 2/3, if not more of the carries in the 2nd half. He's a nice back, but Scott is clearly better. Issue 2, others have already mentioned- putting a RS freshman QB that has NEVER taken a snap into a tie game in the 4th qtr is one of the DUMBEST things i have ever seen. Finally, someone also mentioned this as well- why in the worldwould you let time run off the clock before using your final t.o on that last drive. You have to assume the other team will score, and they (Navy) had a t.o themselves to use if needed. Give yourself a chance to get the ball back. Its ridiculous. Barno, you're right-on regarding Franklin

Posted by: asnis715 | September 7, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

As far as the coaching, I think yesterday's game was as close as it was because of the entire coaching staff. Franklin's playcalling was atrocious. His plays as a whole are still very vanilla, and you have to wonder how Torey Smith is going to get a sniff of the NFL playing for this hack. Fridge has got to be more demanding from Franklin and make him answer for the pathetic performances his offense continues to produce. The decision to send in O'Brien after a great punt return with the ball in the redzone has got to be on Fridge, so that along with the mismanagement of the timeout at the end of the game falls on him. Also the staff as a whole made a bad decision in accepting the 15-yard chop block penalty after the defense had stopped Navy on 3rd down in the 4th quarter (drive eventually led to a TD). Someone in the booth has to be on that to make sure good decisions are made regarding penalties. You just knew Navy was going to convert the 3rd down after that 15-yard penalty was assessed.

On defense, Brown has some explaining to do with the use and positioning of linebackers. Too many guys were caught cheating after they spent a week talking about how they were going to stay at home against the triple option. There's too much substitution going on in the front seven against an offense that pretty much kept the same personnel on the field. Did Brown actually think by the 3rd quarter that a different look or personnel package was going to change what Navy was going to run? They should have stayed in a base 4-3 the entire game with only substitutions to prevent fatigue. I actually saw a nickel on the field at least 3 times on second downs, and only once did he bring in a 4th linebacker aside from 3rd and short situations. The secondary was playing quarters through much of the game, and very few adjustments were made to control Navy's attack. It's almost like the team was only looking at the score, and not at the stats that were being racked up against them, figuring Navy would eventually stall out in the redzone every possession.

The only coaches that deserve any credit are the O-line and RB coaches, because if the defense had been able to get the offense more plays, it would have been Maryland with 400+ yards of rushing offense.

I'm happy for the win, but this team dodged a serious bullet, and can't expect every team on their schedule to screw up that many times in the redzone.

Posted by: Russtinator | September 7, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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