Posted by Chip Patterson
The Navy teams of late have lived and died by the running game. The triple option offense has been the Midshipmen's bread and butter, and on Monday afternoon against the Maryland Terrapins, it just wasn't enough.
Down three with 37 seconds left in regulation, Navy decided to go for the win on fourth and goal. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs kept the ball on what looked to be a routine read option and was stopped in his tracks just inside the 1 yard line. The play was reviewed, but instant replay only confirmed what the naked eye saw, and Dobbs just didn't have enough.
Left with only one timeout, all Maryland has to do is avoid getting a safety to walk out of the in-state battle victorious. A win that could cool down the seat underneath head coach Ralph Friedgen, at least for the moment.