September 06, 2010
Maryland 17, Navy 14. For the record, Maryland most certainly did not stop Navy's slippery triple-option attack at any point Monday. The Midshipmen rolled up 412 yards rushing on 5.7 per carry, gashing the Terrapins for separate drives covering 52, 64, 63, 66, 59, 76 and 69 yards on the afternoon. With the yardage beginning to pile up on an epic 17-play, eight-minute Navy march in the second quarter and the Terps defense getting desperate at the goal line, senior linebacker Adrian Moten gambled on a new strategy – when the going gets tough, the tough get airborne:
That's not exactly assignment football, but Moten's version of "the LaVar Leap" was only the first of four Maryland stands inside its own 5-yard line, including an all-or-nothing, fourth-and-1 stop on Midshipmen quarterback Ricky Dobbs in the final minute to preserve a ridiculous 17-14 win in the face of a 214-yard deficit in total offense. That's showing a lot of heart. Maybe next time the Terps actually show a little defense before opponents drive to the half-yard line, or it's going to be another long, long year.
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Hat tip: James
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