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The good and bad from Maryland football's 23-16 win over Michigan

Maryland beat Michigan, 23-16, on Saturday to improve to 7-4, including 4-3 in the Big Ten, heading into Saturday’s regular season finale against Rutgers.

Here is what went well and what did not from a Terps perspective during that game:

THE GOOD

Quarterback C.J. Brown

Days after coach Randy Edsall said he would be prepared to make a change at quarterback if Brown did not improve, Brown played what Edsall described as the quarterback’s best game of the season. Brown ran for 87 yards and a touchdown, completed 13 of his 24 pass attempts for 165 yards, and he led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives after the Terps entered the quarter trailing, 16-9.

There were no noticeably bad decisions. Throws were consistently on-point, and Brown’s numbers would have been much better if not for at least five drops by Maryland pass-catchers.

The win

In its first season as a member of the Big Ten, Maryland has won on the road at Michigan and Penn State, beaten a perennial Big Ten power in Iowa and...

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Maryland a sizable favorite heading into regular-season finale vs. Rutgers

The Maryland football team is a nine-point favorite heading into Saturday's regular season finale against Rutgers in College Park, according to ESPN.

The Terps improved to 7-4, including 4-3 in the Big Ten, with a 23-16 win at Michigan on Saturday.

Rutgers (6-5, 2-5) has dropped four of its past five games after beginning the season 5-1, and the Scarlet Knights are 0-3 in conference road games.

Rutgers has four losses at the hands of teams that were ranked as recently as last week — Ohio State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

However, the Scarlet Knights rank just 93rd nationally in scoring offense and 90th in scoring defense. Former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen is their offensive coordinator. 

Rutgers fell, 45-3, at Michigan State last week.

Saturday’s game will begin at 3:30 and will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

In this week’s recruiting roundup, the pool of Terps football recruits still in the playoffs gets ever smaller.

Football recruiting

-- Class of 2015 quarterback commit Gage Shaffer was 5-for-18 for 80 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 26-20 win Friday.

-- Class of 2015 running back commit Ty Johnson rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown on six carries in a 56-20 win Friday. He also had an interception return for a touchdown.

-- Class of 2015 wide receiver commit D.J. Moore had 88-yard and 71-yard touchdown catches in a 42-34 loss Saturday.

-- Class of 2015 linebacker commit Gus Little was named his conference’s defensive player of the year. He had one catch for 19 yards in a 42-6 win Friday.

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After struggling vs. Fordham, Terps' Dez Wells ready to 'keep pushing'

Dez Wells spent the summer refining his game to include a more accurate jump shot with greater range, as well a more controlled pace to help him commit fewer fouls and turnovers.

In Maryland’s first two games, blowout wins over Wagner and Central Connecticut State, the senior guard hit 18 of 26 shots and four of his five 3-point attempts, including all three in the second game.

After committing just one turnover and one personal foul against Wagner, Wells turned the ball over three times and had three fouls against Central Connecticut State.

Wells, an early season candidate for the John Wooden National Player of the Year award, regressed in Thursday’s 66-50 win over Fordham. He had just eight points, shooting 3 of 6 from the field, and had more turnovers (four) than assists (three).

“I felt like my play wasn’t to the level of excellence I feel I can play at, each and every night," Wells said when asked how he thought he played. "Just a lot of mistakes. I didn’t think I played great at...

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Randy Edsall on Terps QB C.J. Brown: 'I thought he executed real well'

Randy Edsall’s intent was to repeat his message one final time, the same message he had emphasized to Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown during the week.

So the Terps coach approached his senior quarterback leading up to Saturday’s game against Michigan and told him one last time to just relax and have fun.

Brown responded: “You don’t need to tell me that.”

“Right then and there, I knew he kind of felt at ease,” Edsall said during his weekly Sunday conference call.

Brown went out against Michigan and played what Edsall described as the quarterback’s best game of the season, exploiting the Wolverines as both a runner and as a passer while leading the Terps to a 23-16 victory that moved Maryland to 7-4 heading into its final game of the regular season.

There were no gaffes, like Brown’s poor decision that led to an interception that was returned for a touchdown against Michigan State in the previous week.

Brown, who received Maryland's offensive game ball Saturday against Michigan, ran for...

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Mark Turgeon calls Richaud Pack the Terps' 'best player' so far this season

A lot has been written so far this season about Maryland senior guard Richaud Pack, much of it in this very space.

In a preseason profile, Pack talked about learning how to shoot on a backyard court his family built behind their home outside Detroit -- over a telephone wire that hovered above the entire length of the court.

More recently, Mark Turgeon talked about how pleasant a surprise Pack has been in the fact that he has been able to play both backcourt positions, starting the first three games along side freshman point guard Melo Trimble.

On Saturday after practice, Turgeon made an interesting comment about Pack, who is averaging a little more than eight points, a team-leading six rebounds and has nine assists to just two turnovers while shooting 10 of 18 from the field.

Turgeon said he told the team the same thing while watching tape of Thursday’s 66-50 win over Fordham, a game in which Pack had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists (only one turnover) in a team-high 30...

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