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Navy's perfect season, Heisman hopes torpedoed by Terps

Before the start of the 2010 season, Navy, coming off a 10-win season, had openly talked about and publicly embraced a run at both an undefeated season and possibly an at-large BcS berth.

Not only that, but quarterback/future Presidential candidate Ricky Dobbs was the recipient of a groundswell of media- and fan-driven support that had the senior — at the very least — on the fringe of the preseason Heisman discussion.

60 minutes into a 12-game regular-season slate, both of those lofty goals have been blow all to hell.  Blowed up — thanks Emmitt — by a school coming off a two-win season and with a coach who was/is counting down the days until he’s canned.

Navy rolled up an impressive 412 yards rushing in their season-opening game against Maryland.  And lost 17-14. And the statistical carnage was everywhere. 

Navy had seven trips deep inside the red zone, and scored just 14 points.  Dobbs struggled mightily throughout the entire game, very rarely flashing the form that electrified hardcore college fans in 2009; the now-former Heisman candidate was held to a less-than-pedestrian average of 2.2 yards on his 29 carries. 

On the flip side, Maryland attempted just six passes, completing three for 16 yards; had just 11 first downs to Navy’s 26; were outgained 485-271; converted just 1-of-5 third downs; and lost the time of possession battle 39:26-20:34.  And won.

Watching the game and seeing the result, it was a struggle to figure out what was bigger: the win Ralph Friedgen desperately needed as he attempts to hold on to his Terps job, or the inexplicable loss the Midshipmen suffered.

We’ll go with the latter as, even as we applaud the Terps’ effort, Navy had no business being on the wrong end of the final score.  None.

Either that, or Maryland should be considered a darkhorse in the ACC this year.  And, to answer your question, yes, I nearly made it through that entire sentence with a straight face.

What’s left unanswered, however, is where Navy goes from here after what could only be considered an embarrassing loss.  Then again, the Midshipmen were just 6.5 points favorites coming in, so maybe myself and others should only be surprised by the fact that we had all overrated the football independent.

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  1. Matt says: Sep 6, 2010 8:34 PM

    “Either that, or Maryland should be considered a darkhorse in the ACC this year. And, to answer your question, yes, I nearly made it through that entire sentence with a straight face.”
    It’s not that far out of a thought. Maryland was killed with injuries last season and the ACC can be won by a number of teams. This coming from a WVU fan.

  2. steelers rule says: Sep 6, 2010 9:19 PM

    Navy will lose to Air Force anyhow! The Navy players are called “seamen” for Gods sake!

  3. Wrathchild says: Sep 6, 2010 9:30 PM

    “The Navy players are called “seamen” for Gods sake!”
    They’re called Midshipmen you backwoods hick. Show some respect for your country’s military while you sit your fat ass on a couch.

  4. Ravens Macg says: Sep 6, 2010 9:54 PM

    Horrible showing by the Terps offense. James Franklin is a joke of an OC. It’s pathetic that he is already named as the head coach in waiting. The Fridge is powerless because of this to really do anything to fix the the offense. Gonna be a long year!!!

  5. steelers rule says: Sep 6, 2010 10:45 PM

    I am retired military you idiot! The Navy are called “seamen”! Air Force people are airmen, not named Falcons like the football team! You have no idea what is going on with the military so go do the dishes while your fat ass wife eats more food!

  6. Spotts1701 says: Sep 7, 2010 12:28 AM

    “The Navy are called ‘seamen’!”
    Navy ENLISTED personnel are called “seamen”.
    U.S. Naval Academy students are called “Midshipmen” after the Royal Navy tradition because they are training to become commissioned OFFICERS.
    Go to the Naval Academy website, or even the U.S. Navy website, and see for yourself before you spout off!

  7. FutureIDdoc says: Sep 7, 2010 2:02 AM

    John, I have to disagree with your title, “Navy’s perfect season, Heisman hopes torpedoed by Terps”. It should read, “Navy’s perfect season, Heisman hopes torpedoed by Dobbs”

  8. DoughBoyRAC says: Sep 7, 2010 8:00 AM

    Steelers fool:
    You stay classy!
    Typical ambassador for the Stoolers!
    ROFLMAO!!!

  9. Wrathchild says: Sep 7, 2010 8:08 AM

    I’m not married, you redneck grunt. Although I truly respect the USAF, compared to Navy, Marines, and Army, they are like Girl Scouts of America. If you were really in the military, you’d know it’s true.

  10. Mark B says: Sep 7, 2010 8:33 AM

    Sorry to interrupt this macho military shouting match, but…..
    ‘Steelers rule’, whether you were in the military or not, you DID state the following quote…
    “The Navy players are called “seamen” for Gods sake!”
    Hate to take sides here BUT, you are W-R-O-N-G! If you’ll notice you said the Navy “PLAYERS” are called “seamen.” Nope, the Navy “PLAYERS” are called “Midshipmen.”
    Besides that, being an ex-military person (despite the branch), labeling ANY military person with a degrading sexual reference is deplorable and anti-American. You should be ashamed for making it, I know a TRUE patriotic Air Force person would be.
    If you want to talk smack leading up to a rivalry game like Air Force/Navy that’s fine, they’ve been doing that for years. But there is always a line of respect between branches of military service and your remarks were WAY over that line.
    But you probably don’t care and are not the slightest bit remorseful or embarrassed about your comment. The sad thing is I suspect the ONLY embarrassment you’ll feel is when they do play and Navy TROUNCES Air Force. And THAT is a reality statement that you cannot run away and hide from behind a few degrading words.

  11. eseder64 says: Sep 7, 2010 9:03 AM

    Let’s be fair…
    You should have really said something about Maryland’s tough defense. They ended up playing pretty much the entire game and really forced some huge Navy blunders. Unfortunately, Maryland’s offense was unable to capitalize on most of those plays.
    And…the “Fridge” may still be out of a job due to his ridiculous QB substitution in the 4th quarter. What was up with that?!?!

  12. blitz4848 says: Sep 7, 2010 9:22 AM

    @ steelers rule
    I don’t know how you sleep at night—LMAO

  13. smarterthanyou says: Sep 7, 2010 9:28 AM

    Seamen, Midshipman, whatever…they’re all losers at football this week.

  14. ballhawk02 says: Sep 7, 2010 9:57 AM

    steelers rule is likely some idiot, former lower-enlisted, latrine-scrubbing reservist slug who caused himself irreversible brain damage by crushing Iron City beer cans against his pathetic skull. The closest he came to having a clue about the rank-and-file cadre nomenclature was when a NCO came to him in formation and said the lieutenant was embarrassed to have him show up fat, unshaven and reeking of tobacco spit and vomit. Sad this Neanderthal ever wore a uniform.

  15. WetHog says: Sep 7, 2010 11:33 AM

    I attended the game, and although disappointing, Navy deserved to lose. Overwhelming statistic victory for Navy, but going 2 for 7 inside the redzone is unacceptible. As for MD, their offense looks like crap save for Scott and Meggett running the ball. They got lucky Hobbs had his head in the clouds after being thought of as a Heisman Candidate.
    What is not discussed is the fact that the MD student section is filled with a bunch of low class dirt baggs that spent a good portion of 15 minutes prior to the game starting chanting “HEY YOU SUCK” as the Brigade of Midshipman marched into the stadium and stood at attention by company on the field. The U of MD students have been known for some time as being low class in regards to the nasty things they chant at basketball games, but I thought they had enough class to know the Brigade of Midshipmen are not Duke and should be treated with respect at all times. Unfortunetly I was wrong.
    I can honestly say, as a life long resident of the state of Maryland, that I am embarrassed to have the University of Maryland represent the state I love. The slogan for the U of MD should be changed from “Fear the Turtle” to “Fear the low class MD students that bring embarrassment to the school and the state”.

  16. thejudge301 says: Sep 7, 2010 1:36 PM

    I feel that the midshipmen shouldn’t be treated with any respect. Nor should any of the other current military college personnel for that matter. They are cadets and only cadets. Once they are commissioned, finish their officer branch course, and thrown in with their unit, then they deserve respect.
    Signed,
    Your friendly neighborhood Ranger!!

  17. WetHog says: Sep 7, 2010 8:38 PM

    How they are treated by upper classman and other officials inside the Academy is one thing, but I am a firm believer that all those that volunteer to serve in the Military should be treated with respect until they prove they do not deserve to be. Even Rangers.
    A bunch of snot nose punk college students chanting “Hey YOU SUCK” over and over was bullshit.

  18. Mark B says: Sep 7, 2010 9:30 PM

    @ ballhawk02…
    LOL dude, GREAT post rubbing steelers rules’ nose into the deserved dung pile.
    Truth be known, steelers rule got busted by some MPs and for punishment was sent to the Naval Academy scrubbing “seamen” off of the Midshipmens’ latrine. No wonder he’s so disgruntled and btw, SUDDENLY and silently whimpering away into oblivion.
    @thejudge301; aka “Ranger Rick”
    you bumbling idiot, a man who dedicates 4 years for the betterment of himself, and makes a conscience decision (that MEN make) to serve a better his country deserves INSTANT respect. How many of today’s youth does this, especially with the leadership our country has at the top these days. True patriots! Midshipmen latrine seamen awaits you also.

  19. Mark B says: Sep 7, 2010 9:40 PM

    Oh where oh where has steelers rule gone?
    Oh where oh where can he be?
    I’ve looked everywhere and then what do I see?
    His lips locked ’round Big Ben’s PEE PEE!

  20. ShaKey says: Sep 7, 2010 10:02 PM

    WetHog says:
    September 7, 2010 8:38 PM ET
    I understand what you’re sayin, but the Plebes understand it’s in jest. The Middies and Terps did have a long standing rivalry before things got out of hand in the 60′s. Hopefully it doesn’t escalate to that again.
    Wrathchild says:
    September 7, 2010 8:08 AM ET
    Being a Squid myself, It always brightened my day when Airmen brought us cookies.
    Actually one of the funniest jokes I ever heard came from an AF SSgt:
    If you call a group of Airmen a Flight & Soldiers a Squad, what do you call a group of Sailors?
    A Puddle.

  21. blitz4848 says: Sep 8, 2010 12:53 PM

    @ steelers rule
    F%@ked up again. ROFLMAO
    Board after board you are getting you sorry a$$ kicked all over the place.
    Stay down, take the 10ct. Everyone knows you are an a$$. It’s time to do the humane thing and get the f%@k off here and find a board for beat up old steeler trash………

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