At one point in time, Maryland’s Head Coach Randy Edsall was a rock star at the University of Connecticut. From 1999 to 2011, he was the head football coach at UConn and was instrumental in elevating the program from Division I-AA to Division I-A.
“I established a record there,” said Head Coach Edsall in an interview with The Baltimore Sun.
The winningest head coach in UConn football history, Head Coach Edsall replaced Head Coach Ralph Friedgen at Maryland after leading the Huskies to the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.
When Head Coach Edsall returned to Rentschler Field at UConn, that rock star status he once enjoyed was replaced with boos. But he did not let that affect him as he and his Terps defeated the Huskies 32-21 and improved to 3-0 on the year, the first time since 2001.
C.J. Brown completed 15 of his 28 passes and threw for 277 yards and 1 touchdown. He also rushed for 122 yards and scored 1 touchdown on the ground.
Stefon Diggs, who was last week’s ACC Receiver of the Week after a 47-10 win over Old Dominion, had a 110-yard receiving day and scored 1 touchdown. Combined with the 35 yards he had on kickoff return, the Sport Illustrated All-American ended the game with 145 all purpose yards.
On the defensive side of the football, linebacker Marcus Whitfield was named this week’s ACC Linebacker of the Week while defensive back Dexter McDougle took home this week’s ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors.
Whitfield sacked UConn’s quarterback Chandler Whitmer a total of three times. Currently, he leads the nation with 5.5 sacks.
The Terps had a total of six sacks in the game, the most in a single game since 2005.
McDougle caught two interceptions, a career high, and returned one for 49 yards and a touchdown. The first Terp to return an interception for a touchdown since 2011, he ended the game with eight tackles, seven of them solo.
The Terps will host the Mountaineers of West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium this Saturday, September 21st at 3:30 P.M. in Baltimore, Maryland.