Maryland, which had 576 and 587 yards in its first two games, put up 319 yards of offense in the first half of this one. But mistakes kept them to just 13 points.
The Terps turned the ball over three times in the first quarter in UConn territory, twice failing to convert on fourth-and-1.
“Today wasn’t pretty,” Brown said. “We had 500 yards, but we didn’t put enough points on the board, and when we were down in the red zone, we were coming away with field goals. We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot and we just can’t do that when we go against other teams this year.”
Ross was stuffed for a 3-yard loss to end the Terps first possession, and UConn responded by going on a six-play 64-yard drive that ended with Lyle McCombs taking a pile of players into the end zone from five yards out. Ross finished with 95 yards rushing. McCombs had 53 for UConn.
Maryland went for it and missed again on fourth-and-1 from the UConn 23, and in between, Brown was picked off by cornerback Taylor Mack on the Huskies 22.
Maryland got on the board in the second quarter when Brown kept the ball on a read option and went 41 yards up the middle of the Husky defense to tie the game, capping a four-play 80-yard drive.
The teams traded field goals to keep the game tied at 10. Chad Christen’s 33-yarder was his ninth consecutive successful attempt.
But the Terps put together a 10-play, 86-yard drive just before halftime, settling for a 21-yard field goal after Levern Jacobs stepped out of bounds on a 48-yard reception just before diving into the end zone.
Edsall was back at Rentschler field for the first time since leaving the program after the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. He built UConn from Division I-AA power to Division I upstart and took the program to five bowl games in his 12 years in Storrs. Connecticut hasn’t had a winning season since he left.
The Huskies went 5-7 in Paul Pasqualoni’s first season at UConn and opened this season with a 33-18 loss to Towson out of the Football Championship subdivision. No. 11 Michigan visits next week.
“We need some young guys to play better,” said Pasqualoni. “We need guys who are playing for the first time to settle down and play better. But we have talent on the team.”