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“I take sole responsibility for the occurrences here today,” Dobbs said. “I didn’t get the job done.”

Niumatalolo said, “He’s human. He’s done some great things for us and won a lot of games for us. We all make mistakes. I made one at the end of the game.”

There were plenty by both teams.

“Both of us turned the ball over when we wouldn’t want to,” Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. “Last year, we probably wouldn’t have won this game. We found a way to hang in there. Hopefully, this will build confidence and be a positive experience for them.”

Maryland never trailed despite allowing the Midshipmen to amass 429 yards rushing.

“I can’t remember a time when we rushed for 400 yards and lost,” Niumatalolo said. “There’s no consolation in moving the ball.”

Navy didn’t punt until early in the fourth quarter, and the short kick was returned 57 yards by Tony Logan to the Navy 16.

Maryland promptly fumbled the ball away on a missed exchange involving backup quarterback Danny O’Brien — his only play of the game.

“We wanted to get Danny in the game,” Friedgen said.

The Midshipmen pulled even at 14 with 1:52 left in the third quarter when Dobbs scored from the 1 on a drive that began with wide receiver Greg Jones running 53 yards on a reverse.

A crowd of 69,348 showed up for the second meeting between the teams since 1965. There’s no telling when the next matchup between the two will be held.

“It’s a great game,” Friedgen said. “We ought to be doing it.”