The passing statistics were not pretty for Maryland Terrapin backup quarterback C.J. Brown in his first extended action in a Terps uniform, but regardless of the stats, Brown provided the Terps with a spark that benched starter Danny O'Brien could not create. The Terps fell to No. 13 Georgia Tech, 21-16, but while Brown's stats weren't great, he at least made some things happen.
Brown did his damage on the ground. An electrifying 77-yard touchdown run completely changed the scope of the Georgia Tech game, even though the game resulted in a loss. Brown ended the day with nine rushes for 116 yards and a touchdown, and that was in only a little more than half of the game.
In the air, Brown showed a lack of skill only compounded by poor decision making. His stat line reads four completions in 17 attempts for 35 yards and an interception. Unlike the rushing yards, rarely did Brown look like an able-armed Division 1-A quarterback.
What happens next will be an interesting decision for coach Randy Edsall. O'Brien has shown little of the talent that made him a freshmen sensation last year. He was impressive in the opener against Miami, but has been largely disappointing since. Brown gave the Terps a spark in the extended run today against Georgia Tech and in a garbage-time drive against Temple, but questions remain about his throwing abilities.