COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team looks to build upon a season-opening 43-10 victory over FIU when it welcomes Old Dominion to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday at 4 p.m. The Terps turned in an impressive offensive performance racking up 576 total yards, 325 yards through the air and 251 yards on the ground. The defense was equally as impressive holding the Panthers to 171 total yards including only 80 passing yards.
LIVE Coverage on the ESPNews & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNews at 4 p.m. Beth Mowins (pbp) and Joey Galloway (color) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on SiriusXM Radio Channel 136, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.
• A dominant offensive performance in the first half put the game out of reach and enabled the Terps to earn the win. Quarterback C.J. Brown led the effort with 281 yards passing and 105 yards rushing and five scores (three passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns) in three quarters of action. Nine different Terrapin receivers caught a pass on Saturday with Deon Long hauling in nine passes for 110 yards and one touchdown in his Maryland debut. Stefon Diggs had five catches 98 yards and one score, a 66-yard pass from Brown tying his career long.
• Defensively, linebacker L.A. Goree totaled a team-high 10 tackles, four solo. Dating back to last season, Goree has led or tied for the team high in tackles in four straight games. The junior linebacker totaled a career-best 14 tackles in the 2012 season finale at North Carolina (11/24/12). Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson and linebackers Cole Farrand and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil each had seven tackles. The Terps tallied five sacks on the day led by linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who had a career-best 1.5 sacks. Cornerback Dexter McDougle, who played in his 25th consecutive game on Saturday, picked off FIU quarterback E.J. Hilliard in the third quarter for his fourth career interception.
• Maryland welcomed back 37 letterwinners from the 2012 season including 18 on offense and six starters. Diggs, a second-team All-ACC selection as a specialist last season, leads a talented receiving corp that includes returning starter Nigel King and junior-college transfer Long. Diggs’ 848 receiving yards were the third-most by an ACC rookie all-time and his 1,896 all-purpose yards was the sixth-highest total among active players in the conference. Long posted impressive numbers at Iowa Western leading the NJCAA in receptions (100), recieving yards (1,625), and touchdowns (25) en route to first team All-American honors. Running backs Albert Reid and Brandon Ross return in the backfield. Ross led the Terps in rushing with 390 yards (4.6 avg.) last season and topped 100 yards in two of the last three games including a career-best 141-yard performance at North Carolina to close the season.
• The Terps are tasked with replacing six starters on defense from a unit that ranked in the top-25 nationally under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart’s tutelage, but returns several playmakers particularly in the secondary. McDougle will pair with Jeremiah Johnson to form an experienced duo. McDougle and Johnson have 38 starts combined. They will be joined by safety Anthony Nixon, who played in all 12 games last season and started five. McDougle led the team in solo tackles (58), tied for third in pass breakups (5) and tallied three tackles for a loss. Meanwhile, Johnson led the squad with eight pass breakups, while Nixon finsihed with 41 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception. The Terps also welcome back Farrand and Goree at line backer along with defensive lineman Darius Kilgo. Farrand tied for the team lead with 78 tackles and recorded 6.0 TFL. After appearing in five of the first nine games, Goree, a honorable mention freshman All-American in 2011, started the final three contests and tied or led the team in tackles each game. Kilgo started 11 of 12 games and finished with 40 tackles, 5.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks.
• Four players made their first career starts for the Terps on Saturday against FIU: offensive linemen Ryan Doyle and Michael Dunn, wide receiver Deon Long and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson.
• In addition to the four first-time starters, 14 players saw their first action against FIU. Of the 53 players that saw playing time on Saturday, 28 were underclassmen including five true freshmen.
• Maryland has 32 underclassmen on its two-deep (including specialists). That total is tied for the second-most among FBS schools (as of 9/2) (Virginia – 34, Colorado State – 32, South Carolina – 32, Temple – 32).
• Maryland allowed FIU to gain just 171 yards of total offense. That’s the best total defensive performance since surrendering 115 to Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010.
• In addition, the Terps held the Panthers to just 91 yards rushing and 80 yards passing. The last time Maryland held its opponent under 100 yards in both categories came against Morgan State on Sept. 11, 2010. The Terps held the Bears to 37 yards rushing and 48 yards passing.
• The Terrapin defense held FIU to 2.3 yards per rushing attempt. Of the Panthers 15 rushing attempts in the first half, 11 of them went for three yards or less.
• The Terrapin offense racked up 576 total yards on Saturday. It marked the first time Maryland had eclipsed 500 total yards of offense since it posted 524 at North Carolina on Nov. 12, 2005.
• Of the 43 points scored by Maryland on Saturday, 40 came in the first half. It is the most points scored in the opening half since the Terps scored 45 against Morgan State on Sept. 11, 2010.
• On Saturday, Maryland scored on its first four possessions with two field goals and two touchdowns. The last time the feat was accomplished came against Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010.
• Quarterback C.J. Brown completed 87 percent of his passes against FIU (20-for-23). With a minimum of 20 attempts, that mark is a single-season program record.
• In addition, with Caleb Rowe going 5-for-6, Maryland quarterbacks completed 86.2 percent of their passes, the best performance in team history. The previous record was 83.3 percent at NC State on Nov. 4, 1995.
• Brown threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two accounting for five touchdowns against FIU. That total is the most by a Terrapin since Scott McBrien accounted for six touchdowns against North Carolina on Nov. 1, 2003.
• Wide receiver Deon Long caught nine passes for 110 yards including a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brown. Long is the first Maryland receiver to top 100 yards since Stefon Diggs went for 152 at Boston College on Oct. 27 of last season.
• Linebacker L.A. Goree finished with a team-high 10 tackles on Saturday. Dating back to last season, Goree has at least tied for the team lead in tackles in four straight games.
Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are quarterback Shane Cockerille (offense), linebacker Avery Thompson (defense), and tight end Eric Roca (special teams).
Flag Bearers: Defensive ineman Alex Walker will carry the American Flag, and long snapper Greg Parcher will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.
Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Old Dominion game are offensive lineman Sal Conaboy (offense), defensive back Dexter McDougle (defense), and linebacker Alex Twine (special teams).
Maryland-Old Dominion Series History
• Saturday marks the first all-time meeting between Maryland and Old Dominion.