EAST HARTFORD, Conn. —Maryland coach Randy Edsall might have felt a little disoriented walking out of the visitors locker room Saturday night at Connecticut's Rentschler Field.
Edsall spent a dozen seasons at UConn and was here when the stadium opened 10 years ago.
Wearing a black Maryland warmup suit, Edsall was greeted by a half-dozen photographers and television camera operators as he walked to midfield before the game and greeted Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni, the man who succeeded him. As he walked away, he stooped to pick up a blade of grass and tossed it into the air to see which way the wind was blowing.
“This was a very special place for me and my family,” Edsall said after the Terps' 32-21 win. “I'll always be grateful for the fan support, for the backing of the administration. It's good to come back and have another great memory here at Rentschler Field — but now it's on the Maryland sideline, which pleases me tremendously.”
McDougle injured after INTs
Cornerback Dexter McDougle's diving interception in the first quarter was the Terps' fifth this season, passing their entire total of picks from last season.
McDougle added another interception — his third of the season — in the third quarter and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown. Neither he nor fellow starting cornerback Jeremiah Johnson had an interception in 2012.
But McDougle left the game near the end of the third quarter and headed to the locker room with a shoulder injury.
“We'll have to see what the situation is with him,” Edsall said. “Been a great leader for us. Hopefully he'll be OK, because I'd hate to see him not being able to finish out — [or] miss a couple games.”
His absence would hurt the Terps, as Johnson is also out with a fractured toe suffered in the opener.
Johnson traveled with the team to Connecticut and watched the game from the sideline with a walking boot on his left foot.
King leaves after first series
Maryland wide receiver Nigel King was escorted off the field during the team's first offensive series with a leg injury.
He remained on the bench during the rest of the half holding a pair of crutches. Edsall said he doesn't believe it's a situation where King will require surgery.
His absence meant more playing time for Malcolm Culmer and Levern Jacobs. Jacobs had three catches entering Saturday night, and Culmer didn't have any.
Kilgo, Farrand start
Nose tackle Darius Kilgo and linebacker Cole Farrand returned to their starting positions Saturday night.
Neither Kilgo nor Farrand started in Maryland's previous game against Old Dominion. The Terps decided to employ six defensive backs against the Monarchs' spread offense. The Terps may use the same dime defense in their next game against West Virginia — another spread offense team — Saturday at M&T; Bank Stadium.
But against the Huskies, the Terps returned to their heavier lineup featuring Kilgo and Farrand.
Cornerback Isaac Goins started for a second straight week in place of Johnson.