When Maryland coach Randy Edsall left the University of Connecticut a couple of years ago, he did so without dignity. He told his players that he was taking the job at Maryland via text message, but he held his players to a much higher standard than he held himself. That debacle left a bad taste in the mouth of UConn players and collegiate football fans alike. UConn got its revenge against Edsall on Saturday.
Edsall led the Terrapins to a 2-10 record a season ago, but Maryland began the 2012 season with two wins. His former team decided to crash the party in College Park.
Many believed that this game would be a low scoring affair, as both teams have had trouble scoring early this season. The final score ended up being higher than expected (24-21 in UConn’s favor). Maryland learned a valuable lesson today: star freshman receiver Stefon Diggs can’t win a game by himself.
Diggs was the bright spot for Maryland in this one. He caught three passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. He also returned three kickoffs for 98 yards and had five punt returns for 68 yards. Diggs was the only player for the Terps that had much of an offensive impact on the game.
Freshman quarterback Perry Hills completed 10-of-24 pass attempts for 109 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Running back Wes Brown ran the ball 14 times for 74 yards and one touchdown.
UConn began the scoring early with a bang. Nick Williams scored on a 58 yard punt return midway through the first quarter. The Huskies then took a 14-0 lead on a three yard run by Scott McCummings. At that point, UConn started to hold off a Maryland comeback.
The Terrapins had a chance to tie the game in the final minutes. Maryland faced fourth down and seventeen yards to go at the UConn 39 yard line. Theoretically, Edsall could have sent his field goal unit out on the field to attempt to tie the game, but it would have been a 57-yard attempt. Instead, Hills threw an incomplete pass into the end zone, and UConn was able to run the clock down to triple zeroes.
It is still hard to tell how good Maryland will be in 2012. Diggs is a potential superstar but the Terps’ quarterback play isn’t exactly stellar. Connecticut had more motivation to win this game and in the end that was enough.