“After the first series, all the nerves and cobwebs were off,” said Brown in a post-game interview with The Washington Post. “I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Brown, in his first start since suffering a season-ending, non-contact injury to his left ACL at the beginning of the 2012 football season, completed 20 of his 23 passes for 281 yards and rushed the football 11 times for 105 yards. He also scored a total of 5 touchdowns: 3 passing and 2 rushing.
In his third year as the Terps head coach and feeling that game was out of reach for the Panthers, Randy Edsall removed Brown in the third quarter.
In a post-game interview with The Baltimore Sun, Head Coach Edsall said he was “thrilled” that Brown was back behind center for the Terps and that his performance in the game against the Panthers was “very good”. He fell short of calling his fifth-year senior quarterback outstanding because he missed a few reads; but considering he has been away from college football and rehabbing for the past twelve months, a mistake of some type was bound to happen.
Brown was not the only Terp to perform well on Saturday.
Stefon Diggs caught five passes for 98 yards and one touchdown. A Second Team Preseason All-American, he also rushed the football once for 26 yards and had 70 kickoff return yards, finishing the game with a total of 194 all-purpose yards.
On the other side of the formation, Deon Long, the junior college transfer, had nine catches for 110 yards and one touchdown.
The Terps will face The Monarchs of Old Dominion University this Saturday at 4:00 P.M. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland.