Florida State thrashes Maryland, Brown suffers concussion

  • Michael Prosser

Maryland quarterback CJ Brown attempts to throw a pass in the Terps 63-0 loss at Florida State (photo courtesy of Alex Prewett/Washington Post)

It was not a pleasant trip to Tallahassee, Florida for coach Randy Edsall and his Maryland Terrapins as they fell to 6th ranked Florida State 63-0 at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday.

Maryland quarterback CJ Brow suffered a concussion during the 2nd quarter after being hit by both Dan Hicks and Jacobbi McDaniel. He laid on the field for several minutes before heading back to the locker room and did not return to the game. With the Terps only down two scores at that point, it seemed like the wind was snatched from their sails with that injury.

Wearing yet another new jersey, this time in all white, Maryland stumbled out of the gate and was down 14-0 early when Brown suffered his concussion on what some called a cheap, dirty shot. Then Florida State’s Jameis Winston, a redshirt freshman, turned in a spectacular performance in the second half, overall  throwing for a career high (all be it in a short career) 393 yards and 5 touchdowns including a jaw-dropping escape in the third quarter. With Maryland linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil barring down his neck and poised to make a sack, Winston did his best Eli Manning impersonation (minus the interceptions), escaped the sack and fired a touchdown pass to the massive Nick O’Leary, who stands a towering 6′ 5”.

Backup quarterback Caleb Rowe, a sophomore from Landrom, South Carolina, took over for Brown and went 9-17 for an anemic 119 yards against a suffocating Seminoles defense that was coming off of a game where they gave up 37 points to lowly Boston College, but tightened up for the Terps. The Seminoles held sensational wide out Steffon Diggs to just 15 yards on two catches, and stymied the Terps running game. The Terps as a team only rushed for 33 yards with freshman Jacquille Veii leading the team in rushing with 15 yards.

CJ Brown was said to be reevaluated yesterday but no word yet on whether or not he’ll be able to start on Saturday.

For the Terps, they fall to 4-1 on the season and 0-1 in ACC play. More importantly though they fall out of the Top-25. The Terps are in action this Saturday back at home taking on the Virginia Cavaliers who are coming off of a home loss to MAC conference contenders Ball State while Florida State enjoys a bye week before heading to Death Valley to take on ACC powerhouse Clemson.

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