Stefon Diggs, Wes Brown come up big for Terps in loss

Former Good Counsel teammates each score a touchdown against UConn

September 15, 2012|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — — Maryland receiver Stefon Diggs and running back Wes Brown attended the same high school (Good Counsel) and have a friendly rivalry.

On Saturday against Connecticut, Diggs accumulated 223 all-purpose yards — the freshman's best output of the season. Diggs also scored his first collegiate touchdown on a tipped ball.

But Brown, also a true freshman, bested Diggs by scoring a touchdown before his former high school teammate.

Brown, who had 74 yards on 14 carries after fumbling twice last week, scored on a 19-yard run in the second quarter.

"He rubbed it in my face — he scored first," Diggs said after Maryland's 24-21 loss to the Huskies.

Brown was Maryland's leading rusher on a day when fellow tailback Brandon Ross suited up but did not play. Ross has been battling a hamstring injury.

Through three games, Maryland has used three primary running backs.

Freshman Albert Reid started the first game. Justus Pickett started the second game and started again Saturday. But Brown got the most carries of the tailbacks.

Robinson's return

For the first time this year, Matt Robinson was in at strong safety Saturday for Maryland — just when the Terps needed him most.

While Maryland's defense has been stout, the secondary had struggled entering the Connecticut game. Freshman Sean Davis showed promise but was inconsistent playing in Robinson's place.

Robinson (Atholton) tore his labrum and right bicep tendon last season — he believes it occurred during the season-opening game. He continued to play, recording 13 tackles in each of Maryland's next two games. But then he had season-ending surgery, followed by another shoulder injury in the 2012 preseason that caused him to miss Maryland's first two games.

Robinson started Saturday and had six tackles.

"It definitely felt great getting back out there," said Robinson, who was disappointed that Maryland couldn't make a critical stop near the end.

With the Terps trailing 17-14, the Huskies drove 76 yards and took a 24-14 lead on Lyle McComb's 11-yard run. Connecticut held the ball for 5:57 on the drive.

"We had a chance to stop them at the end of the game," Robinson said. "We needed to at least keep them to a field goal."

Mountaineers up next

Maryland travels to West Virginia on Saturday before it has a bye week.

"I love the challenge — we played them pretty hard last year," Robinson said. "I think everybody is going to rise to the occasion."

The Terps suffered a 37-31 loss to West Virginia in 2011. Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey had one of his best games as a Terp in last year's loss, catching nine passes for 79 yards and one touchdown.

"We need to come in [Sunday] and watch film," Dorsey said. "We need to get in as early as we can so we can get a heads up on everything they do. They play at great team speed on both sides of the ball, so that's something we have to watch out for."

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