Lance Lewis hauls in a long pass.
Dec. 29, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen is heading into unemployment as a winner.
Already the Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year, already the engineer of the second-biggest regular season turnaround in the country, Friedgen ended his 10-year run at his alma mater Wednesday with a 51-20 victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.
The Terrapins forced four turnovers, and Da'Rel Scott ran for 200 yards.
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, who finished 9-4 to give Friedgen a 75-50 mark in his decade at Maryland.
Dominique Davis completed 35 of 57 passes for 268 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for East Carolina (6-7), which scored a season-low in points and committed a season-high 15 penalties for 120 yards.
The first half included 12 penalties, four turnovers, a blocked extra point and a missed 25-yard field goal. The Terrapins scored on a 45-yard touchdown pass from ACC rookie of the year Danny O'Brien to Kevin Dorsey, a 1-yard run by Adams and a 23-yard field goal by Travis Baltz. East Carolina didn't score until Mike Barbour's 37-yard field goal with 6:08 left in the half - the longest the Pirates had gone into a game without scoring this season.
Dwayne Harris' 36-yard punt return led to East Carolina's first touchdown, a 20-yard pass to Lance Lewis that made the score 23-10, but the Terrapins responded with a 69-yard drive capped by another touchdown from Adams.
Scott ran up the middle untouched for a 61-yard score on the first play of a drive late in the third quarter, and did virtually the same from 91 yards on the first play of the next drive early in the fourth.