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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Randy Edsall got his 47th win on Connecticut’s home field, but this time he was coaching Maryland.
C.J. Brown ran for 122 yards and a touchdown and threw for 277 yards and another score on Saturday night as the Terps beat UConn 32-21, giving Edsall his first victory over the program he coached for a dozen seasons.
“I guess now I can be the first person to win a game at Rentschler Field as the head coach at UConn and a visiting coach, so I established a record there,” he said. “So, I’m glad my guys allowed me to do that.”
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.
Maryland, which led just 13-10 at the half, put up 501 yards of offense, going over 500 yards for the third straight game.
“C.J. is a big factor for that,” said Diggs. “He can run the ball. He can throw the ball. He just brings a lot to the game and that’s how we rack up 500.”
“We owed them,” Brown said. “That was kind of our mentality, our motivation.”
Shakim Phillips caught a career-high 10 passes for 178 yards and a late touchdown for UConn, which fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002.
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.
But Dexter McDougle stepped in front of Geremy Davis on the right sideline, and took an interception back 49-yards across the field for a touchdown to give Maryland some breathing room. It was one of two interceptions on the day for the senior cornerback.
UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer was 29-of-46 for a career-high 349 yards, a touchdown and those two picks. His intentional grounding penalty in the UConn end zone with just under 9 minutes left, put the Terrapins up by three scores, and put the game out of reach.
Brad Craddock added a 40-yard field goal, his third of the game.
Phillips boosted his stats with a late 75-yard touchdown catch and run, but had to be helped off the field after injuring his hamstring on the play.
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