Maryland Heads to USF for Road Opener

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland travels south to Tampa for its first road contest of the 2014 season as the Terps take on the USF Bulls from Raymond James Stadium Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3:34 p.m. With a win, the Terps will improve to 2-0 for the second consecutive season and the eighth time since the 2000 season.

Maryland enters the contest following a 52-7 victory over James Madison to open the 2014 campaign. The 52 points scored by the Terps against JMU are the most by a Terrapin offense since scoring 62 against Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010 (62-14).

Live Coverage

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network at 3:30 p.m. Visit to find the game in your local area. Dave Ryan (pbp), Corey Chavous (color) and Lauren Gardner (sideline) will call the action. The game can also be heard on the Maryland Sports Radio Network with Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) on the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio channel 132, XM Radio channel 205.

Series History

Saturday's matchup between Maryland and USF will be the first all-time meeting between the two programs.

Breakin' Down Brown

Quarterback C.J. Brown picked up where he left off in 2013 with 172 yards of total offense, while rushing for three scores and throwing for another in just over three quarters of work in Maryland’s 52-7 victory over James Madison. For the second time in the Terps’ last three games dating back to the 2013 season, Brown rushed for three touchdowns, which is tied for the sixth-highest single-game total in school history and the most for a Terrapin quarterback all-time.

  • Brown’s three rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown raised his career total of touchdowns responsible for to 41. It moved him past LaMont Jordan for fifth on Maryland’s career list.
  • The sixth-year quarterback is averaging 5.39 yards per carry for his career, the sixth-highest average all-time at Maryland..
  • With 111 yards passing last weekend, Brown moved into 14th on the all-time passing list with 3,195 yards.
  • Brown has seven 100-yard yard rushing performances for his career. That is the highest total among the 105 members of the 2014 Maryland roster. Running back Brandon Ross is second on the team with four career 100-yard rushing games.
  • Brown rushed for 100-yards or more in four games last season, which tied for the eighth-highest single-season total in school history. Steve Atkins (1978) and Charlie Wysocki (1980) hold the school record with eight 100-yard rushing performances.

On The Offense

Running back Brandon Ross eclipsed the 1,200-yard rushing plateau Saturday with a 86-yard performance against the Dukes along with scoring his sixth career rushing touchdown. Ross now has 1,252 rushing yards in three years at Maryland, which is 26th all-time..

  • Ross ranks 19th in school history averaging 4.69 yards per carry.
  • Ross is 14 yards shy of moving into 25th on the career rushing list.
  • He ranks second on the team with four 100-yard career rushing performances..

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs reemerged as Maryland’s top target Saturday after missing the second half of the 2013 season with a leg injury. Diggs hauled in a team-best five receptions for 55 yards in the win and added a 59-yard kick return. Heading into Monday night’s game between Miami and Louisville, Diggs is the FBS’ active career leader in all-purpose yards per game averaging 153.68 yards per game.

  • Diggs is seven receptions shy of becoming just the 13th player in school history to record 100 receptions..
  • His 1,488 career receiving yards ranks 11th in school history and he is 64 yards shy of moving into the top 10.
  • For his career, Diggs is averaging 16.00 yards per reception, which ranks 20th in school history.

Running back Wes Brown contributed 81 yards including a team-high 33-yard run to Maryland’s 285-yard rushing attack against the Dukes. In his first action since the 2012 season, Brown averaged 6.2 yards per carry. The sophomore back was one of three Maryland rushers to total at least 50 yards on Saturday.

On The Defense/Special Teams

Senior Andre Monroe anchors one end and is Maryland’s active leader in sacks. The product from Upper Marlboro, Md., has 14.5 career sacks after totaling a team-best 9.5 last season, which tied for 21st nationally.

  • Monroe’s 14.5 sacks ranks just outside Maryland’s career charts. He is a half sack shy of tying for 13th all-time on the career list.
  • With 9.5 sacks in 2013, Monroe posted the best single-season sack total in school history since Kris Jenkins posted 10.0 sacks in 2000.
  • His 24.5 career tackles for loss ranks 16th in school history.

Maryland may boast two of the most dangerous returners in the country this season. Against JMU, Stefon Diggs returned his only kickoff 55 yards and reached 1,000 career kick return yards in the process (1,053), while William Likely returned his only punt 35 yards picking up where he left off last season.

  • Last season, Likely totaled 729 kickoff return yards, the four-best total in school history, besting Diggs by 16 yards.
  • After Diggs averaged 28.52 yards per kick return as a freshman, Likely averaged 26.04 yards per return last season, the sixth-best mark in school history.
  • Likely averaged 12.81 yards per punt return in 2013 breaking Diggs’ freshman record of 10.05.
  • Diggs’ 1,053 kick return yards ranks eighth in school history.

Junior kicker Brad Craddock, a member of the Lou Groza Award watch list, connected on his 32nd career field goal Saturday increasing his career percentage to 76.2, the second-highest in school history..

Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the regular season head coach Randy Edsall will annouce scout team players of the week. This week's scout team players are running back Andrew Stefanelli (offense), linebacker Abner Logan (defense) and linebacker Clarence Murphy (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Keith Bowers will carry the American flag, and offensive lineman Michael Dunn will carry the Maryland state flag during Saturday's introductions.

Game Captains With the establishment of the leadship council, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for Saturday's game against USF are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and defensive back Sean Davis (special teams).


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