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2008 Humanitarian - Profiles, History & More
Posted Dec 19, 2008

Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl.

2008 Humanitarian Bowl Player Profiles & History

Maryland (7-5
) vs. Nevada (7-5)

Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Humanitarian Bowl History
2007 Fresno State 40, Georgia Tech 28

By Richard Cirminiello

Best Terrapin Bowl Moment: In what is still the biggest win in Maryland history, the Terps shocked No. 1 and regular season national champ Tennessee in the 1952 Sugar Bowl. The upset, led by Ed Modzelewski’s 153 yards rushing and Ed Fullerton’s two scores, one on offense and one on defense, sealed the only perfect season in Maryland history.

Best Wolf Pack Bowl Moment: In one of the most exciting games of the 2005 bowl bonanza, Nevada got by UCF in the Hawaii Bowl, 49-48, in overtime. In a wild, see-saw game that featured 1,178 yards of offense, the Wolf Pack got off the island with a win after Matt Prater missed an extra point that would have sent the game to a second extra session.

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Maryland: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. When you can run in the 4.3 range at 6-3 and 208 pounds, it’s awfully hard to resist the temptation of playing at the next level. Heyward-Bey has done about all he could in College Park, and has to be tired of playing catch with sub par quarterbacks. His stock doesn’t figure to get any higher by spending another year in an offense that can only get him four or five touches a game.

Nevada: C Dominic Green. The Pack doesn’t lose much from this team, but it’s going to miss Green, the long-time quarterback of the offensive line. A four-year starter and three-time member of the All-WAC team, his versatility might be the hardest thing to replace. Since arriving in Reno, he has started a game at every position along the offensive line.

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Maryland: RB Davin Meggett. Da’Rel Scott is still the focal point of the running game, but Ralph Friedgen might have to find ways to get Meggett more reps next year. As a true freshman, he’s gone for 422 yards and four touchdowns on just 79 carries, running downhill and low to the ground. Scott’s inability to stay healthy puts a premium on Meggett getting prepared for an expanded role going forward.
: DE Kevin Basped. While Basped has already broken out on a WAC level, it hasn’t exactly had a ripple effect outside the region. That could begin to change following the H-Bowl. The sophomore is a 6-6, 240-pound predator, who deserves more national attention. An imposing physical presence who’s still growing into his frame, he has 18.5 tackles for loss and a league-leading 10 sacks.

Nevada Bowl History (3-4)
2007 New Mexico New Mexico 23, Nevada 0
2006 MPC Computers Miami 21, Nevada 20
2005 Hawaii Nevada 49, UCF 48 (OT)
1996 Las Vegas Nevada 18, Ball State 15
1995 Las Vegas Toledo 40, Nevada 37 (OT)
1992 Las Vegas Bowling Green 35, Nevada 34
1948 Salad Nevada 13, North Texas 6
Maryland Bowl History (11-11)
2007 Emerald Georgia Tech 21, Maryland 13
2006 Champs Sports Maryland 24, Purdue 7
2003 Gator Maryland 41, West Virginia 7
2002 Peach Maryland 30, Tennessee 3
2001 Orange Florida 56, Maryland 23
1990 Independ. Maryland 34, Louisiana Tech 34
1985 Cherry Maryland 35, Syracuse 18
1984 Sun Maryland 28, Tennessee 27
1983 Citrus Tennessee 30, Maryland 23
1982 Aloha Washington 21, Maryland 20
1980 Tangerine Florida 35, Maryland 20
1978 Sun Texas 42, Maryland 0
1977 Hall of Fame Maryland 17, Minnesota 7
1976 Cotton Houston 30, Maryland 21
1975 Gator Maryland 13, Florida 0
1974 Liberty Tennessee 7, Maryland 3
1973 Peach Georgia 17, Maryland 16
1955 Orange Oklahoma 20, Maryland 6
1953 Orange Oklahoma 7, Maryland 0
1951 Sugar Maryland 28, Tennessee 13
1949 Gator Maryland 20, Missouri 7
1947 Gator Maryland 20, Georgia 20

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