Maryland Routs Eastern Michigan, 45-3

Sept 21, 2002

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Scott McBrien threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns while Chris Downs ran for two more scores as Maryland routed Eastern Michigan 45-3 Saturday.

McBrien struggled in the Terrapins' first three games but had little trouble against Eastern Michigan (1-3).

The left-hander completed 14 of 19 passes before leaving in the third quarter with the Terrapins (2-2) ahead 38-0. He threw touchdown passes of 14, 19 and 91 yards.

McBrien completed 12 of 17 passes for 266 yards in the first half and the Terrapins used a 21-point second quarter to take a 31-0 halftime lead.

Maryland converted on eight of 11 third downs and finished with 568 yards and 27 first downs.

On the 91-yard touchdown, McBrien found Steve Suter wide open near the Maryland bench. Suter scored on the second-longest passing play in school history to give the Terrapins a 17-0 lead.

Suter continued his strong performance this season with a 58-yard return on the opening kickoff that helped set up Nick Novak's 31-yard field goal.

Coming into the game, Suter ranked first and second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in kickoff and punt returns, respectively.

Linebacker Leon Joe (32) pressures Eastern Michigan quarterback Troy Edwards (16) during the first quarter. (AP Photo)

Downs, who scored on an 8-yard touchdown run earlier, added a 2-yard score in the second quarter and finished with 66 yards on 15 carries in a little more than one half.

Latrez Harrison, Mario Merrills and Josh Allen scored their first college touchdowns.

Merrills caught a 14-yard touchdown pass in the first half, and Harrison grabbed a 19-yard scoring pass from McBrien on the first series of the second half.

Allen scored on an 8-yard touchdown run. He led the Terrapins with 86 yards rushing in his first appearance this season.

Eastern Michigan had 278 yards of total offense and threatened a few times but only scored on Eric Klaban's 41-yard field goal in the third quarter.