COLLEGE PARK – Maryland opened its inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference with a 52-7 win in dominating fashion over the James Madison Dukes. “We did a lot of good things today,” Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall said. “I’m very proud of our team for how they came out and started fast.” The […]
COLLEGE PARK – Maryland opened its inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference with a 52-7 win in dominating fashion over the James Madison Dukes.
“We did a lot of good things today,” Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall said. “I’m very proud of our team for how they came out and started fast.”
The Terrapins shut the Dukes out for a majority of the game, leaving them scoreless for the first 49 minutes of the game.
The Terrapins came out clicking on all cylinders, scoring two touchdowns on their first two drives and scoring 17 points total in the first quarter.
The game quickly turned into a blowout after the Terrapins shutout the Dukes in the first half, 24-0. James Madison got a solid drive going to end the half and reached the Maryland 18-yard line, but the Terrapins defense broke through with a sack on opposing quarterback Vad Lee by defensive lineman Roman Braglio on first down and a Jeremiah Johnson interception to close the half on second down.
Edsall said he loved the way his team played because it allowed the entire team to gain some experience, not just the starting unit.
“I was very happy that we were able to play as many players as we did,” Edsall said. “That will help with the depth and experience that we’re going to need to have as we continue to go through the season.”
Edsall said he thought his team executed very well and played clean throughout the contest. The Terrapins were only called for five penalties for 35 yards on the day.
Starting quarterback C.J. Brown rushed for 41 yards and two touchdowns on three carries in the first quarter. On Brown’s second touchdown run, the defense nearly sacked him, but he managed to break away and scamper into the end zone after running over one of his own offensive lineman.
Brown said he thought the offense played well overall, but he was not satisfied with his own effort and wants to improve. Brown finished the game with 61 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, but only passed for 111 yards with one touchdown and had accuracy problems throughout.
“I didn’t play good today,” Brown said. “I understand that. I just got to lock it. It was just a bad game on my part.”
Brown said he will study film during the week and fix his issues with accuracy within the offense.
Brown gave a lot of credit to the offensive line for Maryland’s dominating offensive performance. The Terrapins went the entire game without surrendering a sack and they ran the ball 50 times for 285 yards.
“The o-Line did a great job all day,” Brown said. “I can’t give them enough credit. They played an excellent game today—running, passing, pass protection. We saw the blitzes coming—they did an excellent job picking them up.”
Brown threw his only touchdown through the air in the third quarter on a long, 41-yard connection with senior wide receiver Deon Long.
Long said he had an option route depending on how his man played him and if the defender had help. Once Long saw the coverage going outside, he broke his route to the inside and got wide open. Brown hit him in stride for Maryland’s fourth touchdown of the game, putting the team up 31-0.
Despite Brown’s lackluster performance throwing the ball, Long said he has seen the quarterback improve during the summer and expects him to only get better.
“His accuracy has improved,” Long said. “His balls have improved, so I wouldn’t say that he passed the ball bad.”
The Terrapins finished the game 6-6 in the red zone. Brown said the coaching staff has placed an emphasis on taking advantage of scoring opportunities.
“We’ve got to get better in the red zone and we’ve got to get better on third down,” Brown said. “Everybody came out with a chip on their shoulder, and just wanted to capitalize on the red zone. So our execution was dead on and we got things done.”