Maryland Terrapins cruise to 52-7 win over James Madison Dukes
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - C.J. Brown ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as Maryland cruised past James Madison 52-7 in both teams' season opener on Saturday.
Brandon Ross and Albert Reid added second-half rushing touchdowns, and backup quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for one in the highest scoring performance of fourth-year coach Randy Edsall's tenure.
Madison's Jimmy Moreland intercepted a Caleb Rowe pass in the fourth quarter, setting up the Dukes' lone score as John Miller plunged in from one yard out.
Brown scored on first-half carries of 11, 8 and 2 yards, scoring three rushing touchdowns for the second time in his career. He finished with 61 yards on seven carries and completed 11 of 24 passes for 111 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown pass to Deon Long that made it 38-0.
Ross ran for 86 yards on 16 carries. The Terps outgained the Dukes 285-161 on the ground, and averaged 5.7 yards per carry.
Maryland led 14-0 after 6 minutes in the opening quarter on drives of 58 and 46 yards.
On the first, Brown bruised his way in from 11 yards, one play after finding Stefon Diggs over the middle for 5 yards on third-and-4.
On the second, he ran 8 yards into the end zone untouched on a designed QB draw to finish off a five-play march.
Brad Craddock's 49-yard field goal pushed the lead to 17-0 later in the first.
In the second quarter, Brown finished off a 15-play, 80-yard drive with another punishing run on a fourth-and-goal from the 2.