- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2002

What was Eastern Michigan coach Jeff Woodruff thinking?
The Eagles won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half, giving Maryland the ball to start the game. Apparently, Woodruff thought his team would have something to play for in the second half.
Maryland's Steve Suter helped make sure the Eagles didn't.
Suter returned the opening kickoff 51 yards to start the scoring drive that put Maryland ahead to stay as the Terrapins delivered a 45-3 pounding of hapless Eastern Michigan before a reported crowd of 46,098 at Byrd Stadium last night.
Terps quarterback Scott McBrien passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and 300 yards and three touchdowns for the game. Tailback Chris Downs ran for two touchdowns, and Suter had a 91-yard touchdown reception to give Maryland a 31-0 lead at intermission. Meanwhile, the Terps' defense allowed only four first downs before the break.
It is not clear whether the big win for the Terps (2-2) was because of corrections of problems from embarrassing losses to Notre Dame and Florida State or because of Eastern Michigan's numerous deficiencies, including a pressure-free and sieve-like defense. The Terps won't find out how much better they are until Oct.5. when they visit West Virginia after playing host to Division I-AA Wofford in what should be another romp next week.
"We made a lot of improvement," said Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen, whose team had 567 yards of offense. "We worked very hard on our offense this week [in practice]. I realize the competition wasn't what it was last week [in a 37-10 loss to No.[ThSp]5 Florida State], but our execution is much better. We made better decisions. Our timing in the passing game was a lot better, and our accuracy was a lot better."
The Terps took advantage of Suter's opening kickoff return to collect a 31-yard field goal from Nick Novak. After a three-and-out by the Eagles, Maryland went on a 10-play, 80-drive concluded by Downs' 8-yard touchdown run with 7:03 left in the first quarter.
Things got momentarily interesting after that when Eastern Michigan (1-3) used a 43-yard catch-and-run by Chris Talley to get to the Terps' 5. However, three plays later, Maryland cornerback Domonique Foxworth picked off Troy Edwards at the 1.
The Terps demonstrated why they have struggled and their potential on successive plays early in the second quarter. An apparent 82-yard touchdown pass to Scooter Monroe was called back because of a holding call on guard Lamar Bryant. On the next play, McBrien threw without pressure from the goal line and found Suter wide open in the middle of zone coverage at the Terps' 35. The speedster broke containment down the left side and raced into the end zone as Maryland went ahead 17-0 with 11:56 left in the half.
"There was only one man to beat and he was shallow," Suter said of the 91-yard play, Maryland's longest touchdown reception in half a century. "It was exactly how we drew it up. I was excited. We wanted to come out there and light up the scoreboard. We wanted to come out and score whenever we wanted."
Maryland continued the mauling after another three-and-out by the Eagles. A 37-yard reception by Monroe set up a 2-yard scoring plunge by Downs. A 14-yard touchdown catch by Mario Merrills gave the Terps their 31-0 lead at the break.
The assault continued on Maryland's first possession of the third quarter when a 63-yard drive ended with a 19-yard scoring reception by Latrez Harrison, the first of his career. That made it 38-0, and McBrien was replaced by Chris Kelley. McBrien finished the night completing 14 of 19 for 300 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
"This just shows what can happen when we know our assignments," McBrien said. "Last week, we didn't, and you saw the outcome. It showed."
Eastern Michigan's only score a 41-yard field goal by Eric Klaban came after a fumble by Merrills. Maryland went ahead 45-3 after an 8-yard touchdown run by freshman Josh Allen.
Notes
Third-string quarterback Orlando Evans suffered a knee injury in the final moments when a helmet apparently hit his leg. He will be evaluated for damage to his left MCL today. The longest touchdown pass in Terps' history came in 1949, when Ed Bolton scored on a 92-yard pass from Stan Lavine against South Carolina.
Two Maryland freshmen ended possible redshirt years by playing in their first game. Receiver Dan Melendez had two catches for 15 yards, while Allen made his first appearance in third quarter, and finished with 10 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown.
The Maryland basketball team has received a verbal commitment from Daryl Strawberry Jr., in a story first reported in Terrapin Times magazine. The son of the former major league outfielder is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound swingman in his senior year at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif.

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