Terp’s Defense grounds Old Dominion
When the game kicked off at Byrd Stadium in College Park on Saturday, most of the fans in attendance were expecting a Maryland victory and the Terps didn’t disappoint.
CJ Brown continued to build off of a stellar performance against Florida International, going 14-22 for 275 yards and two touchdowns as the Terrapins rolled Old Dominion 47-10 in front of over 38,000 fans.
After both teams traded field goals, Maryland running back Brandon Ross scored from 5 yards out to put the Terps up
10-3. On the ensuing Monarchs possession, Sean Davis intercepted a Taylor Heinicke pass and took it all the way back to the ODU 48. Two plays later Brown scampered into the endzone from 5 yards out. Maryland lead 17-3 after one.
Three 3-and-out’s started the second quarter with two of them belonging to Old Dominion. After their 2nd 3 and out of the quarter, Brown lead the Terps down field and capped off the drive with a 41 yard touchdown pass to Steffon Diggs putting the Terps up 24-3. After the defense stopped Heinicke and ODU again, Albert Reed capped off an 80 yard drive with a 27 yard touchdown run all but ending the game in before the end of the first half.
Brown scored his second rushing touchdown of the game in the 3rd quarter from 31 yards out and all but put the nail in the coffin with a 4 yard touchdown pass to Nigel King put Maryland ahead 45-3. After a safety made it 47-3, ODU would march down the field and running back Cam Boyd would score from 3 yards out to add his name to the box score. Maryland cruises past the Monarchs 47-10.
For Maryland, they raise their record to 2-0 this young season and travel to Storrs, Connecticut to battle the Huskies of UCONN, just their second meeting since 1942, but more importantly its homecoming for Maryland coach Randy Edsall who returns to Storrs after amassing a 74-70 record at UCONN and is the schools all time leader in wins. Old Dominion, in their first season in FBS and their 4th season of football overall drop to 0-2. An Independent school, the team will shift it’s membership to the Conference USA starting next season.
Diggs finished the night with 6 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown while Brandon Ross rushed for 149 yards on 18 carries. Heinicke finished 18-34 for 166 yards but threw 3 interceptions. The Monarchs travel back home to Norfolk and take on Howard University next week.