There was very little for Maryland to take out of its 38-7 loss to Temple on Saturday.
One modest advance was arguably the first work of the season for backup quarterback C.J. Brown.
The redshirt sophomore played for the first time in more than a year, leading the Terrapins to their lone touchdown of the day late in the fourth quarter.
Brown was in for only eight snaps, but led Maryland in rushing with 29 yards. He also was 4-for-4 for 42 yards and a touchdown pass to Devonte Campbell.
The caveat: Temple had pulled its starters by the time Brown relieved starter Danny O’Brien.
“C.J. went in and did a good job,” coach Randy Edsall said. “It was against their twos. You look at everything and we’ll see. Danny’s the starting quarterback, so you can but that controversy to bed. But C.J. did a good job when he went in there.”
No one would argue it was a fun day for O’Brien, though. He 17 of 33 for 153 yards and an interception, and was 4-for-9 for 31 yards while taking a sack on third down before being lifted for Maryland’s final possession and the Terps down 38-0.
“I’ve never been shut out,” O’Brien said. “I know we scored at the end, but with the ones we didn’t score. I don’t think I’ve ever been shut out in my entire life. I don’t think a lot of guys have.”
—- Patrick Stevens