MARYLAND EARNS FIRST BIG TEN WIN
Terps Dominate Indiana in Bloomington
Maryland's C.J. Brown ran for one touchdown and threw for another Saturday, and backup Caleb Rowe threw two more TD passes in the second half to lead the Terrapins past Indiana 37-15.
The Terrapins (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) have won two straight overall and five in a row on the road -- including their inaugural Big Ten game.
Indiana (2-2, 0-1) was chasing its second straight conference-opening win -- something the Hoosiers haven't achieved since 1990-91.
Brown finished 10 of 15 for 163 yards but did not play in the second half after appearing to injure his left wrist. His 5-yard TD run broke a 3-3 tie and his 29-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs gave the Terrapins a 17-6 lead midway through the second quarter.
Rowe sealed it with a 36-yard TD pass to Brandon Ross midway through the third quarter.
It wasn't just the quarterbacks who came up big for the Terrapins.
The struggling defense played its best game of the season, too, despite being without three starters.
Maryland, a founding member of the ACC, limited the nation's leading rusher Tevin Coleman to 22 carries for 122 yards, more than 75 yards below his average, and nearly kept the usually high-scoring Hoosiers out of the end zone. The secondary didn't let Indiana's receivers get free, and Nate Sudfeld struggled, going just 14 of 37 for 126 yards with one interception a week after leading the Hoosiers past then-No. 18 Missouri.
The concern for the Terrapins is Brown's status.
After getting injured with a little less than 3 minutes left in the first half, Brown attempted to shake off the injury before calling timeout with 2:17 to go. He threw an incomplete pass on the ensuing play, did not return to the game and spent the second half on the sideline with his lower left arm wrapped.
Team officials did not have an immediate update on the injury.
But even Brown's absence couldn't derail Maryland's party.
It opened the game with a 48-yard field goal from Brad Craddock, and after Indiana's Griffin Oakes tied the score with his first college field goal, Brown went back to work -- scoring on the short run and throwing the TD pass to make it 17-6.
The Terrapins settled for a 30-yard field goal after Brown's injury, and Oakes closed the half by breaking the Hoosiers' school record with a 58-yard field goal to make it 20-9.
Rowe sealed the win with a 36-yard TD pass to Brandon Ross in the third quarter and a 30-yard TD pass to Juwann Winfree early in the fourth.
Indiana finally scored on Coleman's 4-yard TD run, extending his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to 13 and breaking Anthony Thompson's school record (12) set in 1988-89.
Diggs had six catches for 112 yards, and Deon Long had 10 catches for 108 yards for Maryland.
source: Press, Associated. "Maryland Routs Indiana 37-15 in Big Ten Opener." ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, 27 Sept. 2014. Web.