COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — C.J. Brown couldn't get his arm going Saturday, so he used his legs.
Brown ran for three touchdowns before halftime and shook off early inaccuracy to throw for a score in the third quarter as Maryland cruised past James Madison 52-7 in both teams' season opener.
"I didn't play too well today in terms of throwing the football," said a mildly irritated Brown, who completed just 11 of 24 passes. "The stats speak for themselves, and that's unacceptable."
Brandon Ross and Albert Reid added second-half rushing touchdowns, and backup quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for one in the highest scoring performance of fourth-year coach Randy Edsall's tenure.
Anthony Nixon and Jeremiah Johnson had interceptions for the Terps, who will begin play in the Big Ten later this season.
Former Georgia Tech starter Vad Lee completed 16 of 37 passes for 141 yards in his debut for the Dukes. He was sacked twice and often hurried during the first half, including on the play leading to Johnson's interception in the end zone just before halftime.
"It was a combination of guys putting pressure on the quarterback and the guys in coverage," said Edsall, whose defense also forced a late fumble. "We flushed him a few times. He's a good athlete."
Johnson's interception ended the only Dukes' first-half possession to reach Maryland territory. New coach Everett Withers' team wouldn't get there again until the fourth quarter — against Maryland's backups.
"We have got to be able to protect the quarterback better, throw the ball down the field and stop the run," said Withers. "I have to go back and watch the film and narrow it down to one or two things.
James Madison falls to 0-3 against Maryland and 4-19 against schools currently in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Terps won the schools' previous two meetings by a combined 11 points.