It was only Florida International, but the Maryland Terrapins were very impressive in a 43-10 victory at Byrd Stadium to open up the 2013 season.
C.J. Brown played in his first game since 2011 and looked like a guy who not only hadn't lost a step, but also greatly improved as a passer over the past two years.
Brown turned in a dominant first-half performance that allowed the Terps to build a 40-10 lead. At halftime, Brown had over 230 yards and three touchdowns through the air and nearly 100 yards on the ground and another score.
Ultimately, Brown finished with 281 yards and three touchdowns through the air and 105 yards and two scores on the ground despite the fact that the Terps took their foot off the gas and he sat out the fourth quarter.
Stefon Diggs didn't get as many touches as expected but still ended up with close to 100 yards and a touchdown. Instead, it was Deon Long who saw the most action, hauling in nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. He is going to help keep defenses honest when it comes to Diggs this year.
The defense also played very well, particularly the defensive line. Maryland lost a number of key seniors in its front seven, but it didn't seem like that group missed a beat against FIU.
Maryland should have no problem moving to 2-0 next week when it hosts Old Dominion, and after that the schedule becomes significantly more difficult.
However, Week 3 opponent Connecticut lost at home to Towson and Week 4 opponent West Virginia had to rally in the second half to beat William & Mary, which should give Maryland fans even more hope that a 4-0 start is a real possibility.
It's only one game and there is a whole season in front of the Terps, but fans should be cautiously optimistic about what they saw out on the field from Randy Edsall's guys.