COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Old Dominion's upset bid at Maryland on Saturday afternoon never materialized. The Monarchs, transitioning from the Football Championship Series to the Bowl Series, will have to wait another weekend as C.J. Brown again delivered for Maryland.
The Terrapins (2-0) dominated from start to finish in a 47-10 rout at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium before 38,377 spectators. Maryland has scored more than 40 points in back-to-back games for the first time in program history, and the Terps went over 500 yards for the second week (587).
Three Old Dominion turnovers in the first half and a big-play Maryland offense took some of the starch out of the Monarchs.
Brown completed 14-of-22 passes for 275 yards and two scores, and he ran for two more touchdowns. The junior, who missed the 2012 season with a knee injury, has accounted for nine touchdowns in his first two games this season and decisively won his matchup with Old Dominion star Taylor Heinicke
, who set several FCS passing records last season.
Heinicke passed ODU down the field to an early field goal. Jarod Brown
hit from 35 yards to tie the game 3-3 with 7:55 left in the first quarter. From there, though, it was all Maryland, which scored four first-half touchdowns to take a 31-3 lead.
Maryland scored 44 unanswered points before tailback Cam Boyd scored on a late 3-yard run for ODU's touchdown with about five minutes left.
Maryland tailback Brandon Ross rushed for a career-high 149 yards on 18 carries. He had 126 yards in the first half, including a 5-yard scoring run that put Maryland up for good with 5:18 left in the first quarter.
Heinicke then fired his second interception of the game to set up Brown's 5-yard score just two plays later, putting the Terrapins up 17-3.
Heinicke, who hit 18-of-34 passes for 166 yards and three interceptions, drove the Monarchs 72 yards, but linebacker Marcus Whitfield deflected a pass that wound up in the arms of defensive end Yannick Ngakoue at the 8-yard line.
The Terrapins kept Heinicke and the high-octane ODU offense off balance all day with a changing defensive look featuring extra defensive backs and linebackers and few linemen. Heinicke, last year's winner of the Walter Payton Award as the top FCS player, was sacked four times.
Brown drove the Terps 97 yards in nine plays on a back-breaking second-quarter drive. He hit Stefon Diggs on a swing pass that the nimble wide receiver turned into a spectacular 41-yard touchdown and 24-3 Maryland lead. Diggs caught six passes for a career-best 179 yards and the score.
The Terrapins' advantage went to 31-3 when tailback Albert Reid went 27 yards on his first carry just 1:33 before the half.
The Monarchs dropped to 0-2 for the first time in the five-year history of their program. Heinicke gave way to redshirt freshman Dave Washington late in the third quarter, and Washington led the touchdown drive.
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