QB Rowe replaces injured Brown in Terps' loss

Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown looks to pass against West Virginia.
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown looks to pass against West Virginia. (Doug Kapustin / MCT)

Caleb Rowe replaced Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown in the second quarter on Saturday, the second time in two seasons that Rowe has been summoned because of an injury.

Brown left after a hard hit to the chest in the Terps' 63-0 loss to Florida State. He sustained a concussion, and his status for next week's game against Virginia is uncertain.


Center Sal Conaboy said he saw Brown after the game.

"He said he was OK," Conaboy said.

Rowe, a sophomore, won the backup job over Ricardo Young and Perry Hills before the season opener.

He is considered by coaches to be a good passer but is not as fast as Brown, excels at running the read option.

Rowe completed his first pass on Saturday, a 19-yarder to Deon Long, and went 9-for-17 on the day. He is now 14 of 24 this season for 190 yards.

"We have faith in Caleb," Conaboy said. "For him to come in, make that first pass just like that, it was impressive on his part."

Terps didn't take ball away from Seminoles

Takeaways had been a key to Maryland's undefeated start to the season.

Against Florida State, the Terps (4-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) did not collect an interception or fumble recovery after forcing at least two turnovers in every game before Saturday, including eight interceptions and five fumble recoveries.

Maryland was plus-five in turnover margin before Saturday's game. After losing one fumble, they are now plus-four.

Tropical storm plays no role in Saturday's game

Maryland had closely monitored Tropical Storm Karen and made its travel plans contingent on the storm's path.

But the Terps flew to Florida State as planned on Friday. The storm weakened and remained far from Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday.

It was sunny at game time and the temperature was 86 degrees.


Edsall mic'd up

With Maryland playing in a nationally-televised game, ESPN put a microphone on coach Randy Edsall during practice last week.

The network on Saturday played some clips of the coach chatting with players as they warmed up.

He joked with one Terp that the player seemed to be having difficulty getting into a stretching position.

"Wait 'til you get to be 55," Edsall told the player.

Terps and Ravens fans fly south

With the Terps and Ravens playing in the state of Florida on consecutive days, fans of the teams — many wearing team colors — mingled at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Friday before catching their flight. An untold number planned an ambitious weekend doubleheader.

Alan Jefferson, a banker from Ellicott City, flew to Jacksonville before driving several hours to Tallahassee for the Maryland game.

Jefferson was seriously considering heading to Miami for Sunday"s Ravens-Dolphins game and taking his chances on getting a ticket.

"If the stars line up," Jefferson said before the Maryland game. "We've just got to get through Saturday first."