One of these days, the Maryland starting lineup will have to play the entire game.
Until that time comes, the guys on top of the depth chart will be quite content to watch from the sideline with a victory well in hand.
It was the second straight blowout win for the Terrapins (2-0), who defeated Florida International 43-10 in the opener. It’s the first time in school history that Maryland has eclipsed the 40-point mark in its first two games.
After it became 45-3 late in the third quarter, the starters called it a day.
“It was a great team victory,” coach Randy Edsall said. “I thought all three phases really did a good job, and I think it shows when you end up winning 47-10 and you have the kind of stats we had.”
Maryland finished with 587 yards. Six different players rushed for at least 10 yards, including Albert Reid, who averaged 8.0 yards per carry and scored a touchdown. Five receivers caught a pass, led by Stefon Diggs (six receptions for 179 yards).
“Everybody contributed, everybody did a great job,” Diggs said. “We played as a team and came out with a W. That’s the most important thing.”
Brown directed touchdown drives of 77, 46, 97 and 80 yards to help Maryland build a 31-3 lead at halftime. Ross had 126 yards rushing during a first half in which Maryland amassed 392 yards and 20 first downs.
After missing all of last year with a knee injury, Brown accounted for five touchdowns against Florida International. For an encore, the fifth-year senior completed 14 of 22 passes for 275 yards and ran four times for 30 yards in three quarters of work.
“Old Dominion tried to take C.J. away a little bit this week because of what he did last week,” Edsall said. “As they took C.J. away, you saw what Brandon did and what Albert did. I just feel good about the fact that we have some guys that can make plays.”
Old Dominion (0-2) compiled 335 yards in offense but didn’t get in the end zone until Cam Boyd scored on a 3-yard run with 5:05 left.
ODU is a Football Championship Subdivision team that will join Conference USA next year. This was its second game against a Football Bowl Subdivision team; the first came last week, a 52-38 loss to East Carolina.
This one was, well, humbling.
“We haven’t had a lot of adversity as a football program. We haven’t been beaten like this,” coach Bobby Wilder said. “This will be a long bus ride home. Old Dominion has never been beaten by 37 points before. We’ll learn how we can handle adversity. We’ll learn a lot about some young kids now.”
Taylor Heinicke went 18 for 34 for 166 yards before being removed late in the third quarter. His three interceptions proved costly to a team that could ill afford turnovers playing on the road against an Atlantic Coast Conference school.
“Their secondary is very fast, very smart,” Heinicke said. “I feel it’s the best defense we’ve faced here.”
After throwing an interception on the opening drive to set up a Maryland field goal, Heinicke took the Monarchs 66 yards in 10 rapid-fire plays to set up a field goal.
The Terrapins went up 10-3 on a 5-yard run by Ross, and the next series started with Heinicke getting sacked for a 16-yard loss. Two plays later, Sean Davis picked off a third-down pass.
Early in the second quarter, ODU had a third-and-goal at the Maryland 2 before Yannick Ngakoue intercepted a deflected pass.
The frenzied pace was interrupted by a couple of punts before Brown directed a nine-play, 97-yard drive that featured six runs by Ross and ended with Diggs grabbing a short pass, high-stepping along the right sideline and diving into the end zone with a somersault for a 41-yard touchdown.
“I didn’t think I was going to get there. That’s why I dove,” Diggs said.
Minutes later, Reid scored on a 27-yard run to make it 31-3.
In the third quarter, after Heinicke threw an incompletion on fourth down from the Maryland 21, Brown capped a five-play touchdown drive with a 31-yard run.
Brown’s final play was a 4-yard touchdown pass to Nigel King with 15 seconds left in the third quarter.