Holding the Rope in NCAA 14: Part Three

Welcome back, here's our update from playing through Maryland's season in NCAA 14.

Maryland gained bowl eligibility in Week 8, defeating Wake Forest 42-23. C.J. Brown was 13-25 for 179 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and ran 13 times for 73 yards. Brandon Ross rushed 19 times for 104 yards and two scores, and Albert Reid ran eight times for 41 yards and two touchdowns. Ricardo Young got in on the action, completing two of four passes for 66 yards and running five times for 72 more. Stefon Diggs caught five passes for 119 yards and a touchdown while Deon Long had four receptions for 57 yards. Sean Davis led the team with eight tackles, while Marcus Whitfield and Keith Bowers each had four for a loss. Davis, Isaac Goins and Cole Farrand each chipped in with interceptions.

Things got a bit more difficult the next week, as Maryland lost to Clemson 51-41. A 24-7 Tigers third quarter made the late Maryland comeback (three touchdowns in the fourth) not enough. C.J. Brown completed 20 of 33 passes for 406 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw four interceptions. He also ran 18 times for 114 yards and two scores (Ross and Reid also added touchdowns on the ground). Nigel King caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, while Deon Long had four catches for 128 yards and a score. Farrand and Whitfield each had eleven tackles.

After a bye week, Maryland had their most dominating performance yet, beating Syracuse 38-17, with an Orange touchdown in garbage time. Brown was 20-29 for 255 yards with two interceptions, and ran 24 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. Ross was the star of the game, with 20 carries for 149 yards and two scores. Diggs, Amba Etta, King and Long each had four receptions, and Farrand led the team with eight tackles. Jeremiah Johnson and A.J. Hendy each had interceptions - the latter returned for a touchdown.

At 7-2, Maryland is also now ranked - 21st in the country. Ross has made the Doak Walker watch list, Diggs is on the Biletnikoff, Farrand and Whitfield are on the Best LB list, and Diggs is on the best returner list.

The stat totals:

C.J. Brown - 176/273, 2735 yards, 18 touchdowns, 17 interceptions. 134 carries, 566 yards, seven touchdowns.

Brandon Ross - 158 carries, 763 yards, 12 touchdowns.

Albert Reid - 35 carries, 204 yards, five touchdowns.

Stefon Diggs - 59 catches, 1152 yards, ten touchdowns. 42 kick returns for 1064 yards. 18 punt returns for 209 yards.

Deon Long - 32 receptions, 575 yards, five touchdowns.

Nigel King - 24 catches, 359 yards, one touchdown.

Cole Farrand - 59 tackles, 13 for a loss, two sacks, one interception.

Sean Davis - 52 tackles.

Quinton Jefferson - Seven sacks.

Keith Bowers - Seven sacks.

Isaac Goins - Three interceptions.

Marcus Whitfield - 45 tackles, 15 for a loss, six sacks.

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