In first game since injuries, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long show flashes for Terps

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After both were injured in October, much of Stefon Diggs’ and Deon Long’s time was spent together. As they rehabilitated, they helped one another with daily tasks and talked regularly about what they planned to do upon returning to action for the Maryland football team.

Their stats Saturday don’t necessarily stand out. Diggs had five catches for 53 yards, while Long had two catches for 48 yards. But both had good moments in their first game since both suffered broken legs in a game against Wake Forest.

Diggs’ first catch converted a third-and-4 and helped set up Maryland’s first touchdown. Diggs also had a one-handed catch to convert a third-and-10, a 59-yard kick return and a key block on running back Brandon Ross’ 15-yard catch-and-run during the first quarter. In preseason practice, coach Randy Edsall had critiqued the junior’s blocking.

Long, meanwhile, had a 41-yard touchdown in the third quarter that extended Maryland’s lead to 38-0.

Cudjoe-Virgil sits out

Senior outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (Towson High) missed Saturday’s game because of a right foot injury suffered during preseason practice.

It’s unclear whether Cudjoe-Virgil, who was in a walking boot Saturday, will be available against South Florida next Saturday.

Sophomore Yannick Ngakoue started in Cudjoe-Virgil's place and had five tackles.

Farrand plays

Inside linebacker Cole Farrand was not expected to play Saturday as he works back from a lower-leg injury. But Farrand entered the game late in the second quarter and played through the end of the third quarter.

He finished with one tackle, a shared tackle for a loss.

End zone

Senior inside linebacker L.A. Goree led Maryland with 14 tackles and was praised by Edsall after the game. … Junior safety Sean Davis also drew postgame compliments from Edsall. Davis had 10 tackles. … Senior cornerback Jeremiah Johnson made his first career interception late in the second quarter. … Spencer Myers, a Maryland wrestler, saw time as a reserve defensive end and finished with five tackles, 1.5 for losses, and a half-sack.

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