Chandler Whitmer runs the ball during the first half. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)
Sept. 14, 2013
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown ran for 122 yards and a touchdown and threw for 277 yards and another score on Saturday night as the Terrapins beat the University of Connecticut football team by a 32-21 score before a crowd of 38,916 at Rentschler Field.
Stefon Diggs had 110 yards receiving, including a 12-yard touchdown for the Terrapins, who improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001.
UConn redshirt junior wide receiver Shakim Phillips (Paterson, N.J.) caught a career-high 10 passes for 178 yards and a late touchdown for UConn, which fell to 0-2. UConn returns to action next Saturday when it plays host to Michigan at 8:00 p.m. on ABC -- a gametime which was announced late Saturday.
Diggs, who caught five balls, had 98 yards receiving at the half. His 12-yard catch and run in the third quarter capped a four-play 80-yard drive in the third quarter that put the Terps up 20-10.
The Huskies cut the lead to 20-13 on a 34-yard field goal that came after Brandon Ross fumbled the ball at his own 25-yard line. Maryland got some breathing room when Dexter McDougle stepped in front of UConn redshirt junior wide receiver Geremy Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) on the right sideline, and took an interception back 49-yards across the field for a touchdown.
UConn redshirt junior quarterback Chandler Whitmer (Newnan, Ga.) was 29-of-46 for a career-high 349 yards and a touchdown. Phillips scored a late 75-yard touchdown catch and run, but had to be helped off the field after getting injured on the play.
The Terps turned the ball over three times in the first quarter in UConn territory, twice failing to convert on fourth-and-1. Brandon Ross was stuffed for a three yard loss to end the Terps first possession, and UConn responded by going on a six-play 64-yard drive that ended with redshirt junior tailback Lyle McCombs (Staten Island, N.y.) taking a pile of players into the end zone from five yards out. Brandon Ross finished with 95 yards rushing whie McCombs had 53 for UConn.
Maryland went for it and missed again on fourth-and-1 from the UConn 23, and in between, Brown was picked off by senior cornerback Taylor Mack (Powder Springs, Ga.) on the Huskies 22.
Maryland got on the board in the second quarter when Brown kept the ball on a read option and went 41 yards up the middle of the Husky defense to tie the game, capping a four-play 80-yard drive.
The teams traded field goals to keep the game tied at 10. Redshirt senior Chad Christen (Etters, Pa.) had a 33-yard field goals, which was his ninth consecutive successful attempt. The Terps then put together a 10-play, 86-yard drive just before halftime, settling for a 21-yard field goal after Levern Jacobs stepped out of bounds on a 48-yard reception just before diving into the end zone.