|College Park, MD—
With the schedule that the Maryland Terps face in the Big 10 this season, they needed to come out a win a game with bang to start the season, today they did just that, by trouncing the JMU Dukes, 52-7
“That was a fun game today. It was nice to get our first win. We did a lot of good things today. I’m proud of how our team came out and started fast and was able to get ahead and put some pressure on James Madison. They stayed focused throughout the game and I was very happy that I was able to play as many players as we did. That is really going to help with the depth and experience that we are going to need to have as we continue to go through this season. I’m just very proud of their effort and I thought it was a clean game as well. We executed well and had only five penalties,” said Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall.
A lot of focus was put on Terps Quarterack C.J Brown, who certainly seems to have some of what he had before his injury. He was responsible for 172 of the Terps yards and most importantly, 4 four the Terp touchdowns came as a result of Brown’s accuracy today.
Brandon Ross and Albert Reid added second-half rushing touchdowns for the Terps and backup quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for one in the highest scoring performance of fourth-year coach Randy Edsall’s tenure.
James Madison’s only trip to the end-zone came late in the third quarter when the Dukes capitalized on a Maryland turnover, which featured also one of the Dukes best drives on the day. The 27-yard drive was finished off by a 1-yard plunge by the Dukes John Miller.
The Dukes were led by quarterback Vad Lee, who had 141 passing yards and 27 rushing yards. Khalid Abdullah finished the game with 67 yards on 20 carries for JMU.
JMU falls to 0-3 against Maryland. The Terps won the previous two meetings by a combined 11 points.
Maryland returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 6 when the Terps hit the road for the first time in 2014 at South Florida. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.