Randy Edsall surely loved sophomore wide receiver Stefon Diggs' 41-yard touchdown reception, but the Maryland coach seemed not to be happy with what came along with it.
Diggs high-stepped as he ran down the sideline before flipping into the end zone in front of the Maryland student section in the second quarter. He had taken a swing pass and turned it into a long touchdown in Maryland's 47-10 victory over Old Dominion.
"I think it is my responsibility to coach the young men up," Edsall said after the game. "I don't want to see any of our student-athletes do anything to hurt their reputation or hurt themselves."
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown said he couldn't remember another Terps player flipping into the end zone.
Asked if he would ever consider a flip into the end zone, Brown — who ran for two touchdowns Saturday — replied: "I'm good. I'll just run it in."
With a career-high 179 receiving yards, Diggs now has 1,125 in his career, ranking him 21st in school history.
Johnson not at cornerback
Maryland played Saturday's game without usual starter, junior Jeremiah Johnson, at cornerback.
But the Terps still started six defensive backs — three cornerbacks and three safeties – against the Monarchs.
The starters were safeties Sean Davis, A.J. Hendy and Anthony Nixon and cornerbacks Dexter McDougle, Isaac Goins and Will Likely. Maryland loaded up in the secondary to combat Old Dominion's spread offense.
Davis and Goins both had the first interceptions of their careers, as did freshman linebacker Yannick Ngakoue.
"I had seen that play before," Davis said about his interception. "That just comes from film and watching. The quarterback was rolling out and a lot of wide receivers tend to roll with the quarterback. I saw the wide receiver coming across the middle of the field and I saw there was no vertical threat on my side. I was just hoping he would throw the ball."
Johnson, who was on crutches and with his left foot in a walking boot, was on the sideline wearing warmup pants and his red Maryland jersey. He had limped off during Maryland's 43-10 victory over Florida International last week.
Edsall said he would address Johnson's injury with reporters Sunday.
Keying on the QB
Old Dominion appeared to key on Brown more than the Terps' tailbacks when the Maryland quarterback ran the read-option.
"They were making me pitch everything," Brown said. "They were keeping me contained and making somebody else beat them."
Old Dominion clearly noticed Brown's rushing a week earlier. He had 105 yards in Maryland's victory over Florida International last Saturday.
"They took C.J. away [and] you saw what Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid] did," Edsall said." I feel good about the fact that we have some guys who can make plays. As we tell them, you cannot get frustrated, you cannot get upset if the ball is not coming your way."
Maryland rushed for 312 yards in the win over Old Dominion.
"It was huge," Brown said about Ross' performance. "The offensive line did a great job today. Their whole zone-read scheme was baiting me not to run the ball and mostly giving reads. Brandon had a great game today and I am happy for him. I see him do it in practice all the time, so for him to get the touches that he did is great."
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