As head coach Randy Edsall put it, “Wins are hard to come by, so I’m going to enjoy this one.”
In defeating Old Dominion Saturday by a score of 47-10, Maryland is already halfway towards their win total from one year ago, in which they posted a record of 4-8.
In front of their home crowd at Byrd Stadium, the Terps dominated every aspect of the game for their second straight convincing win. In back-to-back weeks, Maryland posted over 500 yards of total offense, recording 587 yards on Saturday.
Running back Brandon Ross vastly improved upon his performance from Week 1 vs. FIU. The sophomore from Newark Delaware led the Terps' running game this week, rushing 18 times for a total of 149 yards.
Ross also scored the first of six touchdowns for Maryland on the day.
“As far as last week, you know I was doing a lot of tiptoeing,” Ross said. “I think I made a change from week to week. With all the weapons we have, anyone can shine on any given day.”
Another player who shined on Saturday was wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs paced the Terps’ passing attack with six catches for 179 receiving yards and a touchdown.
As exciting as Diggs’ 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter was, it also came with some unnecessary gloating. Heading towards the end zone with no men to beat, Diggs high-stepped and then front flipped in for the score.
“It was just a coachable moment,” Edsall said. “I think it is my responsibility to coach the young men up. If I see something (is not) what we think it should be and help the student-athletes to become better, we are going to address that because if we do not address it, then we are saying it is okay when it is not okay. I do not want to see any of our student-athletes to hurt their reputation.”
The Terps’ high-flying offense was guided once again by quarterback C.J. Brown, who put up his second consecutive impressive game. The redshirt junior led the way for Maryland with 275 passing yards and two touchdowns. The quarterback was also multidimensional, rushing for 30 yards and tallying two additional scores.
Defense was also a big reason Maryland was able to put this game in the bag early. On top of allowing only 10 points, the Terps D also had three interceptions against Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke.
Defensive lineman Darius Kilgo was also able to pick up a safety early in the fourth quarter.
“The defensive coaches sat down, and we came up with a game plan that we thought could be the best for us to be successful,” Edsall said. “We basically played a dime scheme with six defensive backs.”
Maryland puts its undefeated record on the line next Saturday as they travel to the University of Connecticut for their first road game of the season. Head coach Randy Edsall formerly coached at UConn for 12 years from 1999-2010.
The Terps can celebrate their win for now, but it is understood among the team that they must step up their play in order to win games against the tougher teams on their schedule.
“…We still have yet to have our best game,” Stefon Diggs remarked. “We continue to try to get better each and every week and just keep coming together, build team comradery, and just come out on Saturdays and do our best.”
Zack Lessner is a Correspondent for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand or from official interview materials from The University of Maryland.
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