Brown, Ross carry Maryland past Old Dominion 47-10
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) C.J. Brown threw for two touchdowns and ran for two, Brandon Ross rushed for 149 yards and Maryland capitalized on three interceptions in a 47-10 rout of Old Dominion on Saturday.
Brown directed touchdown drives of 77, 46, 97 and 80 yards to stake the Terrapins (2-0) to a 31-3 halftime lead. Ross had 126 yards rushing during a first half in which Maryland amassed 392 yards and 20 first downs.
After missing all of last year with a knee injury, Brown accounted for five touchdowns in the Terrapins' season opening 43-10 win over Florida International. For an encore, the fifth-year senior completed 14 of 22 passes for 275 yards and ran four times for 30 yards in three quarters of work.
Stefon Diggs caught six passes for 179 yards and a touchdown for Maryland.
Old Dominion (0-2) compiled 335 yards in offense but didn't get in the end zone until Cam Boyd scored on a 3-yard run with 5:05 left.
ODU is a Football Championship Subdivision team that will join Conference USA next year. This was its second game against a Football Bowl Subdivision team; the first came last week, a 52-38 loss to East Carolina.
Taylor Heinicke went 18 for 34 for 166 yards before being removed late in the third quarter. His three interceptions proved costly to a team that could ill afford turnovers playing on the road against an Atlantic Coast Conference school.
After throwing an interception on the opening drive to set up a Maryland field goal, Heinicke took the Monarchs 66 yards in 10 rapid-fire plays to set up a field goal.
The Terrapins went up 10-3 on a 5-yard run by Ross, and the next series started with Heinicke getting sacked for a 16-yard loss. Two plays later, Sean Davis picked off a third-down pass.
Brown then completed a 41-yard pass to Diggs before running it from the 5 for a 17-3 lead.
Early in the second quarter, ODU had a third-and-goal at the Maryland 2 before Yannick Ngakoue intercepted a deflected pass.
The frenzied pace was interrupted by a couple of punts before Brown directed a nine-play, 97-yard drive that featured six runs by Ross and ended with Diggs grabbing a short pass, high-stepping along the right sideline and diving into the end zone with a somersault for a 41-yard touchdown.
Minutes later, backup running back Albert Reid scored on a 27-yard run to make it 31-3.
In the third quarter, after Heinicke threw an incompletion on fourth down from the Maryland 21, Brown capped a five-play touchdown drive with a 31-yard run.
Brown's final play was a 4-yard touchdown pass to Nigel King with 15 seconds left in the third quarter.
Updated September 7, 2013