The Maryland Terrapins entered week five ranked for the first time since 20010, and had high hopes as they took on the number eight ranked Florida State Seminoles. Those hopes were quickly dashed by the ‘Noles, who put up a remarkable 63 points against the Terrapin defense, downing the Terrapins 63-0. Maryland wasn’t able to do much on the offensive end, after they watched quarterback C.J. Brown go down late in the second quarter to a concussion.
Most of the offense in the previous three games surrounded around Brown, and it was apparent, as Caleb Rowe looked uncomfortable. After Brown went down, it appeared that so did the confidence of the defense, which unraveled over the course of the game.
The outlook was much more positive for FSU, who impressed most onlookers, as quarterback Jameis Winston, a redshirt freshman, threw five touchdown passes, and may have put himself right in the thick of the Heisman hunt. The ‘Noles offense was simply unstoppable on the day, racking up 614 total yards against the Terrapins. Whether it was big plays, third down conversions, or time of possession, Florida State was dominant, and looked like the number eight team in the country. For Maryland fans, it was a day of disappointment as they were brought back to reality after a 3-0 start. C.J. Brown’s status remains uncertain, as Maryland takes on the University of Virginia in their conference home opener Saturday.