Maryland Crushes East Carolina In Military Bowl 51-20

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen ended his 10-year run at his alma mater Wednesday with a 51-20 victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.

Maryland forced four turnovers, and Da'Rel Scott ran for 201 yards.

New athletic director Kevin Anderson announced last week that Friedgen was being fired, effective after the bowl game, with the school buying out the final year of the 63-year-old coach's contract for $2 million.

Scott had second-half touchdown runs of 61 and 91 yards on back-to-back Terrapins offensive plays and posted the school's first 200-yard rushing game since 2003. D.J. Adams had four short touchdown runs for the Terrapins (9-4). Friedgen finished 75-50 in his decade at Maryland.

Dominique Davis completed 33 of 54 passes for 255 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for East Carolina (6-7).

RFK Stadium - Washington, D.C.

East Carolina 20
Maryland 51

1st Quarter Highlights:
ECU - Emanuel Davis interception to hault Maryland's opening drive.
Maryland - Danny O'Brien 45 yard touchdown pass to Kevin Dorsey, PAT no good.

2nd Quarter Highlights:
Maryland - Travis Baltz 23 yard field goal.
ECU - Michael Barbour 37 yard field goal.
Maryland - DJ Adams 1 yard touchdown.

3rd Quarter Highlights:
Maryland - DJ Adams 1 yard touchdown
ECU - Dominique Davis 20 yards to Lance Lewis.
Maryland - DJ Adams 1 yard touchdown.
ECU - Michael Barbour 31 yard field goal.
Maryland - Da'Rel Scott 61 yard touchdown run.

4th Quarter Highlights:
Maryland - Da'Rel Scott 91 yard touchdown run.
Maryland - DJ Adams 4 yard touchdown run.
ECU - Brad Wornick touchdown pass to Justin Jones.

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Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. for the 2010 Military Bown in Washington D.C. as ECU takes on Maryland.

The game starts is at RFK Stadium.

The game is on ESPN, and you can also monitor it via the web here on We'll provide updates throughout the game.

Yesterday, the team met with a familiar face as former Pirate and current Tennessee Titans star running back Chris Johnson made his way to the team hotel. Johnson says he hopes he is a good luck charm for the Pirates in the game.

This is East Carolina's fifth-straight bowl appearance and 7th since 2000.

If the Pirates can get a victory, it will be the team's fifth consecutive winning season. A five-season winning streak hasn't happened since the 70s.

Information from ECU:

The Military Bowl matchup will mark the first meeting (0-0) between the East Carolina Pirates and the Maryland Terrapins in the sport of football.

Although the Military Bowl will represent East Carolina's first battle against Maryland, one current Pirate has experienced action against the Terrapins ... QB Dominique Davis made his first career start as a redshirt freshman at Boston College against UM on Nov. 29, 2008, and led the Eagles to a 28-21 win at Alumni Stadium that secured an Atlantic Division title ... He completed 12-of-24 passes for 134 yards and a pair of TDs, while also rushing for 14 yards on five carries.

East Carolina has compiled an all-time record of 29-65-1 against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference ... The Pirates own an 11-16 ledger against N.C. State, 5-5 vs. Duke, 5-11 vs. Virginia Tech, 2-1 vs. Virginia, 2-6 vs. Wake Forest, 2-9 vs. Miami, 2-10-1 vs. North Carolina and 0-7 vs. Florida State ... The Pirates have won five of 13 games against ACC opponents in the last five years, beginning with a victory over Virginia in 2006, and will enter the Maryland contest trying to make it two in a row after posting a 33-27 overtime decision over N.C. State Oct. 16 (which halted a six-game slide after an earlier loss to NCSU and defeats to UVA, UNC/twice and VT/twice).

Maryland has posted a 7-3 (.700) all-time mark against current members of Conference USA ... The Terrapins have faced Tulane (4 and 2), SMU (2-0), UAB (1-0) and Houston (0-1) ... In its last matchup against a C-USA opponent, UM defeated UAB 39-15 in College Park on Sept. 7, 1996.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    ecu isnt very good
  • by JDLadd Location: my pad on Jan 6, 2011 at 04:05 PM
    Ruffin is too busy playing daddy to his players instead of coach.
  • by ???? Location: wondering why on Jan 6, 2011 at 01:56 PM
    Why hasn't Coach Ruff or any of his staff made any comments about the total lack of performance and undisciplined play from his team? I guess the truth hurts!
  • by Mr. Booky Location: Cahin in on Jan 6, 2011 at 11:53 AM
    Hey ECU fans, I told you that Maryland would win big. As I predicted; ECU lost by 4-5 TD margin.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    ECU did beat state but they still had a losing season
  • by Chris Location: Gville on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    Yes ECU sucked this year, no doubt. So sweet to beat State with one of our worst teams in years...
  • by TruthBTold on Jan 4, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    I can see why Texas Tech didn't want this guy. The only reason why Holland hired him is because he has ties to ENC. All of Holland's hires have ties to this area.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jan 4, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    Wow "to bud," your proven mastery of the English language and grammar has put me in my place! Not. Unlike you, I actually did go to the game and see the reaction of both crowds before the game. Riding the Metro up to the stadium, their fans were quiet and looking at all the purple-clad fans that showed up, surprised at how many of us went to the game. They were quiet every time we chanted "Purple...Gold" and "Let's Go Pirates." And they sure were quiet when we intercepted the first play of the game and moved across mid-field before stalling out and falling apart. The rest was typical ECU football for 2010 so before you haters snap, I'll say it for you: ECU stunk it up the 2nd half of the season and had the worst defense ever. Oh well, that's the way it goes in a rebuilding year. Hopefully they'll get better, I'm not very optimistic for the defense but we'll see. On to baseball!
  • by Papa Ruff?? LOL on Jan 4, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    What in the world possessed ECU to hire this man anyway??? Texas Tech's defense has always been shoddy, they just had a high powered offense to go with it. ECU was a joke this year, losing by that many points to Navy was embarassing in itself. I feel as long as he is coach ECU will never be more than sub-par team.
  • by ME on Jan 3, 2011 at 07:40 PM
    Have fun in CUSA for the next 100 years ECU! HA HA!

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