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Indiana stumbles as Maryland opens open Big Ten era with 37-15 rout despite losing quarterback

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BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — Nate Sudfeld thought Indiana was ready to change course Saturday.

Instead, it was more of the same.

A week after upsetting then No. 18 Missouri, Sudfeld's throws were off, his receivers couldn't break free, the offensive line couldn't block and the defense couldn't get off the field.

Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown took advantage by running for one touchdown and throwing for another in the first half, and backup Caleb Rowe threw for two more TDs in the second half to lead the Big Ten newcomers to a 37-15 rout at Indiana.

"We really try to handle success well," Sudfeld said. "We still have to keep pushing to make it happen without being too aggressive but being us. There are times when we're just not ourselves and today was one of those days."

Not even close.

Sudfeld finished a dismal 14 of 37 for 126 yards with no touchdowns, one interception, three sacks and numerous throwaways. Tevin Coleman, who came into the weekend, as the nation's top rusher, had 22 carries for 122 yards and finally got into the end zone with 9:29 left in the game. His six straight 100-yard games is now the longest active streak in the nation and by scoring a touchdown in his 13th consecutive game, he broke Anthony Thompson's school record that was set in 1988-89.

About the only thing that did go right for Indiana (2-2, 0-1) was that it found a new kicker. Griffin Oakes made the first three field goal attempts of his career, hitting from 38, 48 and 58 yards in the first half with the last coming as time expired to cut the deficit to 20-9. Scott Bonnell made a 55-yarder to set the record in October 1989.

But Big Ten newcomer Maryland (4-1, 1-0) was ready for everything Indiana (2-2, 0-1) tried.

"We wanted to come out and make a statement," Terrapins linebacker Cole Farrand said. "I think it was discouraging for (IU) that we were calling out the plays they were about to run. The film study helped, everyone knew what was going on, and I think that helped lead to us having a good defensive game."

PHOTO: Maryland wide receiver Jacquille Veii (34) react with teammates after Maryland defeated Indiana 37-15 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Maryland wide receiver Jacquille Veii (34) react with teammates after Maryland defeated Indiana 37-15 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

In some ways, things didn't change much for the Terrapins.

They won their second straight game for the second time this season and their fifth straight road game, a streak that covers two seasons and dates back to their ACC days.

There were promising signs, such as Maryland's ability to limit Indiana's usually potent offense to 332 total yards and one touchdown, and Rowe's efficiency in relief.

And there were disconcerting images, especially the sight of Brown standing on the sideline wearing a headset with his left wrist wrapped up. The fifth-year senior has now accounted for 49 career touchdowns, second in school history, but it's unclear if or when he'll get a chance to break Scott Milanovich's record (53).

Coach Randy Edsall said the initial diagnosis was a sprained wrist and that Brown would be re-evaluated after the team returns home.

"We told the team at halftime that C.J. couldn't go, but that we would be fine with Caleb coming out," Edsall said. "If Caleb has to be the guy who goes next week, we're confident we can win."

Why not after Maryland's most complete performance of the season.

Brown was 10 of 15 for 163 yards with one touchdown in the first half. Rowe finished 12 of 18 for 198 yards in the second half. Stefon Diggs caught six passes for 112 yards and one TD, while Deon Long had 10 receptions for 108 yards. Brandon Ross ran six times for 61 yards and scored on a 36-yard screen pass that finally broke open the game in the third quarter.

Aside from the obvious concern about Brown's injury, the conference initiation couldn't have gone much better for Maryland, which wasted no time getting started, driving for a 48-yard field goal on the opening possession. Brown broke a 3-3 tie with a 5-yard TD run, then made it 17-6 with a 29-yard TD pass to Diggs.

Rowe took over in the second half, hooking up with Ross on the screen pass and Juwann Winfree on a 30-yard TD pass that made it 34-9 early in the fourth quarter.

Indiana finally scored on Coleman's 4-yard TD run, extending his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to 13 and breaking Anthony Thompson's school record (12) set in 1988-89.

"We've got the game ball," Edsall said, "and we're going to take it back and put it in the trophy case."

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