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By Edward Lee | October 25, 2011
Ravens coach John Harbaugh continued to stand by his decision to attempt an onside kick late in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. After quarterback Joe Flacco had connected with wide receiver Anquan Boldin on a 5-yard touchdown strike to make the score 9-7 with 2:02 remaining in the contest, Harbaugh called for an onside kick. But Billy Cundiff's kick did not go past 10 yards, giving the Jaguars the ball at the Ravens' 37-yard line. Four plays and four yards later, kicker Josh Scobee drilled his fourth field goal, a 51-yarder.
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By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
With neither team able to generate much offense, No. 13 Perry Hall's defense forced Franklin to punt from its own 6-yard line early in the fourth quarter of Friday night's crucial Baltimore County matchup. The Gators then took advantage of the field position with a seven-play, 38-yard drive, capped by 27-yard field goal by Jake McQuay to take the lead with 5:28 left in the game. John Myers recovered a fumble on the ensuing possession, Eric Latham scored from the 1-yard line and the host Gators escaped with a 24-14 victory.
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By Matt Vensel | October 27, 2011
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, a former special teams coach with the Eagles, is standing by his controversial decision Monday night to attempt an onside kick with the Jaguars winning, 9-7, with 2:02 left in the game. “Execution” was the buzzword at his Tuesday news conference, and though he cited a couple of percentages when defending his decision, he made it because he had faith in his players . He trusted Billy Cundiff and the special teams unit to succeed on the onside kick.
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By Matt Vensel | October 27, 2011
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, a former special teams coach with the Eagles, is standing by his controversial decision Monday night to attempt an onside kick with the Jaguars winning, 9-7, with 2:02 left in the game. “Execution” was the buzzword at his Tuesday news conference, and though he cited a couple of percentages when defending his decision, he made it because he had faith in his players . He trusted Billy Cundiff and the special teams unit to succeed on the onside kick.
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By Edward Lee | October 25, 2011
John Harbaugh may have improved to 5-of-6 on successful challenges, but the Ravens head coach's decision to attempt an onside kick late in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars may be a target for criticism. After quarterback Joe Flacco had connected with wide receiver Anquan Boldin on a 5-yard touchdown strike to make the score 9-7 with 2:02 remaining in the contest, Harbaugh could have elected to have kicker Billy Cundiff, who is tied for third in the NFL with 23 touchbacks, drive the kickoff deep and pin Jacksonville in their own territory.
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By Christopher Dabe and Christopher Dabe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 15, 2001
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman's first breakout game of the season, recovering an onside kick normally wouldn't be regarded as a highlight. But after the Ravens' touchdown late in the game against Green Bay at Lambeau Field, it was Freeman who recovered Baltimore's second onside kick attempt with 38 seconds remaining to help preserve the Packers' 31-23 victory. "That was probably the scariest situation of the game," Freeman said. "Knowing the game was on the line, and with a tricky bounce, I got it and sealed the game for us."
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By Jim Furlong and Jim Furlong,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 10, 2004
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Morgan State ended a four-game losing streak yesterday with a 28-26 victory over North Carolina A&T. The Bears scored the decisive touchdown after Kelvin Dickens recovered a blocked punt in the end zone with 5:53 remaining. Senior quarterback Bradshaw Littlejohn ran for two touchdowns and also threw an 18-yard TD pass to Chris Cash with 16 seconds left in the second quarter. Coach Daniel Hill-Eley also watched other sharp plays on special teams, including a run on a fake punt for a first down and a recovered onside kick to start the third quarter.
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By Mike Preston | October 25, 2011
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh likes to talk about attacking, but he needs to attack with common sense. His decision to try an onside kick trailing 9-7 with 2 minutes and two seconds left in the game, and two timeouts, was a poor one. Instead of attempting the onside kick, he should have allowed one of his top weapons, kicker Billy Cundiff, to nail it deep in the endzone. He should have put the pressure on rookie quarterback Baline Gabbert to produce and get a first down. If the Ravens had held, they only needed a field goal to win. Instead, the Ravens didn't gain possession and they basically put the Jaguars in field goal range.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | September 14, 1994
COLLEGE PARK -- The fireworks in the Maryland offense have fizzled. The defense that set an NCAA record for futility last season is allowing more yards than ever.The special teams, however, have improved thanks to Joe O'Donnell's right foot.A year after the kicking game was a hindrance, O'Donnell has returned the field goal to the Terps' game plan. A sophomore transfer from Rural Ridge, Pa., who kicked for Division I-AA Tennessee-Martin in 1993, O'Donnell has made all three of his field-goal attempts and, equally important, boosted the kickoff coverage unit.
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By Sam Davis | November 3, 1990
It was supposed to be a showdown for first place in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference, but Gilman running back Ed Trusty decided to turn yesterday's game against host Forest Park into his personal showcase.Trusty rushed for 194 yards and four touchdowns on just 16 carries, as No. 5 Gilman (6-2, 6-1) stunned No. 6 Forest Park (7-2, 5-2), 39-0, and clinched at least a tie for second place in the conference.Gilman needs a win over McDonogh next week to get at least a share of the conference crown.
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By Edward Lee | October 25, 2011
John Harbaugh may have improved to 5-of-6 on successful challenges, but the Ravens head coach's decision to attempt an onside kick late in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars may be a target for criticism. After quarterback Joe Flacco had connected with wide receiver Anquan Boldin on a 5-yard touchdown strike to make the score 9-7 with 2:02 remaining in the contest, Harbaugh could have elected to have kicker Billy Cundiff, who is tied for third in the NFL with 23 touchbacks, drive the kickoff deep and pin Jacksonville in their own territory.
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By Mike Preston | October 25, 2011
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh likes to talk about attacking, but he needs to attack with common sense. His decision to try an onside kick trailing 9-7 with 2 minutes and two seconds left in the game, and two timeouts, was a poor one. Instead of attempting the onside kick, he should have allowed one of his top weapons, kicker Billy Cundiff, to nail it deep in the endzone. He should have put the pressure on rookie quarterback Baline Gabbert to produce and get a first down. If the Ravens had held, they only needed a field goal to win. Instead, the Ravens didn't gain possession and they basically put the Jaguars in field goal range.
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By Edward Lee | October 25, 2011
Ravens coach John Harbaugh continued to stand by his decision to attempt an onside kick late in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. After quarterback Joe Flacco had connected with wide receiver Anquan Boldin on a 5-yard touchdown strike to make the score 9-7 with 2:02 remaining in the contest, Harbaugh called for an onside kick. But Billy Cundiff's kick did not go past 10 yards, giving the Jaguars the ball at the Ravens' 37-yard line. Four plays and four yards later, kicker Josh Scobee drilled his fourth field goal, a 51-yarder.
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By Paul White, Tribune Newspapers | October 15, 2011
There were just over three minutes left, but Old Dominion fans already could smell the blood of another football victim at Ballard Stadium. And why not? The 22nd-ranked Monarchs led by 11 and appeared to have already thwarted No. 23 Towson's best efforts to reply. Surely, only a few miracles could save the Tigers now, like making a leaping 2-point-conversion catch in the back of the end zone off a pass from a receiver, recovering an onside kick, converting on fourth-and-29 and scoring a touchdown, and recording their only takeaway in the final minute.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | November 16, 2008
It might have been too much to ask. Coming from 20 points behind in the fourth quarter to win is usually a once-a-generation accomplishment, but doing it in successive games would have been unfathomable. Navy nearly did to Notre Dame yesterday at M&T Bank Stadium what the Midshipmen did to Temple in their previous game in Annapolis. Nearly, but not quite, as the Fighting Irish held on for a 27-21 victory before what was left of an announced rain-soaked crowd of 70,932. "I thought we were going to win. There was no doubt in my mind we were going to win," said Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, whose team fell behind 27-7 early in the fourth quarter.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter | December 3, 2006
DISTRICT HEIGHTS -- Just when momentum looked like it would be on Broadneck's side to start the second half, it was snatched from the Bruins' hands on an electrifying 87-yard kickoff return touchdown by Suitland's Mikeem Chavious. The shock carried over to the second half as the Rams scored on their first possession on a 12-yard run by quarterback Carlos Fields to cap a 64-yard drive in five plays. Those back-to-back touchdowns were crucial in the Rams' 28-26 victory over No. 5 Broadneck (11-2)
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By Calvin Watkins | September 22, 1990
Forest Park's Obie Barnes Jr. and Randallstown's Larry Washington get most of the media attention, but Patterson senior Mike Branch also is deserving."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2003
Morgan State completed the first portion of its "Unfinished Business" last night, a reference to the team's motto for this season after registering its first winning record since 1979. A comeback ignited by the recovery of an onside kick to start the second half carried the host Bears to a 19-16 victory over local rival Towson before 4,574 in the opener for both schools. It was the Bears' first victory at Hughes Stadium in the series since 1980, and only their second overall win in the past 14 meetings between the two Division I-AA schools.
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December 12, 2005
DENVER -- Ravens running back Jamal Lewis missed his first game of the season yesterday, deciding not to suit up about an hour before kickoff because his injured thumb would not allow him to grip the football. It was another disappointment in a substandard year for Lewis, who may have all but assured himself of not reaching 1,000 yards this season for the first time in his career. (He missed the entire 2001 season with a knee injury.) Lewis has 638 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a career-low 3.1 yards a carry.
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By RICH SCHERR and RICH SCHERR,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 6, 2005
Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley can cope with the frequent missteps of his youthful defense. He can excuse the lack of execution by his sophomore quarterback, in whom he sees vast potential. It's the momentum-changing miscues of his special teams, however, that hit the fourth-year coach like a punch to the gut. Once again yesterday, a series of lapses on special teams proved costly for the Bears, who allowed Norfolk State to take command with 17 unanswered points in the final 3:33 of the first half in a 24-21 loss before 3,672 on Senior Day at Hughes Stadium.
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