In a very sloppy performance, the Maryland Terrapins made enough plays on both sides of the ball to move to 3-0 on the season with a 32-21 road win over the Connecticut Huskies.
The Terps turned the ball over three times and were stuffed on fourth-and-inches twice, allowing the Huskies to remain in the game despite the fact that Maryland generated more than 500 yards in total offense.
Give the Maryland defense a lot of credit for a solid performance despite a shaky beginning and end to the game. The Terps put a lot of pressure on the quarterback, which led to a lot of three-and-outs for the Huskies.
C.J. Brown had another strong game, but he did make a couple of poor decisions that could have resulted in interceptions. That can't happen next week when the Terps take on West Virginia, which will be a major step up in competition.
For Randy Edsall, it was a trip down memory lane as he made his return to Connecticut, which is where he coached before leaving to become the head coach at Maryland. It was a mixed reception from the crowd for Edsall, who took UConn from I-AA to a BCS bowl but was roundly criticized when he took the Maryland job without even flying home from the Fiesta Bowl with his team.
Maryland does have some issues in the secondary going forward after Dexter McDougle went down with an injury. The severity is unknown, but it would seem unlikely that he would be ready for next week's game.
The Terps take on the rival Mountaineers Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium with a chance to move to 4-0 on the season. It could also put them in a position to be undefeated heading into a showdown with the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee to open up the ACC slate.
It's expected that more than 50,000 fans will descend on Baltimore for the game, many of them Mountaineers fans. The Terps have struggled mightily against West Virginia for the past decade, but the tide may be ready to turn in the series. It should be a great game.