The re-branded 2010 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman kicked off on Dec. 29 in front of a bowl-record 38,794 fans at RFK Stadium. The East Carolina Pirates (6-6) and Maryland Terrapins (8-4) squared off in the third-annual bowl, which celebrated its newfound charitable partnership with the USO.
Maryland, spurred by the momentum of a seven-win improvement over the 2009 season, got off to a quick start with a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Danny O’Brien to Kevin Dorsey. After a missed extra point, the teams traded field goals, making it a 9-3 lead for the Terps. Maryland put some more distance between them as D.J. Adams ran in for a 1-yard touchdown just before the half.
Leading 16-3 to start the second half, Maryland added two more 1-yard scoring runs from Adams, with ECU quarterback Dominique Davis completing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Lance Lewis in between. The Pirates added a field goal before Terrapin running back Da’Rel Scott burst for a 61-yard touchdown run to put Maryland ahead 37-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
But Scott wasn’t done. He opened the fourth quarter with a 91-yard touchdown charge — a bowl record — to give the Terps a 44-13 lead. Later, Adams padded the lead with a 4-yard touchdown run. ECU backup quarterback Brad Wornick completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jones, but Maryland’s 51-20 lead was too much to overcome.
The win marked Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen’s coaching finale, giving him his fourth-straight bowl win and fifth overall — a Terrapin record. Scott was named MVP on the strength of his two bowl records. In addition to his record-breaking score, Scott rushed for a bowl-best 200 yards.