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 yesterday with a 51-20 victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.
The Terrapins (9-4) forced four turnovers, Da’Rel Scott ran for 200 yards and D.J. Adams had four short touchdown runs.
New Maryland 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.
Dominique Davis completed 35 of 57 passes for 268 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for East Carolina (6-7), which committed 15 penalties.
Illinois 38, Baylor 14
In Houston, Mikel Leshoure ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns as Illinois earned its first bowl victory since 1999, beating Baylor in the Texas Bowl.
The Illini spoiled the Bears’ first bowl appearance in 16 seasons. Both teams finished at 7-6.
Okla. St. 36, Arizona 10.
In San Antonio, Justin Blackmon caught two touchdown passes, including a 71-yard strike, as No. 16 Oklahoma State (11-2) blasted Arizona (7-6) in the Alamo Bowl.
Blackmon, the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver, set an NCAA record with his 12th consecutive game with at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.