COLLEGE PARK -- Leading by 18 points before watching that lead evaporate in a loss to Indiana, it was a difficult day for Maryland against the Hoosiers in College Park.
But on the program’s Senior Day, it was a senior who posted a career high to provide at least one bright spot for the Terrapins.
Running back Brandon Ross had a career-best 250 yards rushing on just 19 carries to go along with three touchdowns. His 250 yards were the most by a Maryland running back since Bruce Perry had 237 against Wake Forest in 2003.
“I just saw huge holes. That’s it,” Ross said after the game. “I’ve got to give all the credit to the line, of course. They were opening them up all game and the wideouts, as well. I was just following their blocks.”
It was clear that Ross was the biggest part of the offensive game plan from the outset. With one-time starter Wes Brown suspended indefinitely and backup Ty Johnson a game-time decision with a knee injury, it was all on Ross and he responded.
The first time he touched the football, he broke it to the outside and took it 79 yards for the score to make it 7-3 Maryland.
“I felt like it was huge momentum for me,” Ross said. “It’s kind of different in the beginning of the game when you first run and it’s a negative yardage play or something like that because I feel like it’s all about momentum and a rhythm. When I got that first run like that, it really like kick-started the day.”
That was one of two runs by Ross of 75 yards or more on the day on his way to that 250-yard mark. Coming into the game, he had 540 yards on the ground in the 10 previous games combined.
With Caleb Rowe’s status uncertain for next week’s game vs. Rutgers, he may be asked to do the same for Maryland against the Scarlet Knights.