The season began on a high note for the Terps, with starting quarterback C.J. Brown finally healthy again and back in the lineup, a 4-0 start that included a win over West Virginia in nearby M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and a much-awaited turnaround under coach Randy Edsall. After a win over Virginia, securing a bowl bid for the first time under Edsall seemed inevitable. A three-game losing streak against Atlantic Division opponents dropped the Terps to 1-4 in the ACC race, though, and Maryland plummeted back into mediocrity. It wasn’t until a stunning 27-24 overtime win at Virginia Tech that the Terps earned themselves a spot in the bowl lineup. Still, having lost five of their last seven games, including their bowl game to Marshall in nearby Annapolis, the Terps’ final season in the ACC ended with a thud, especially considering how it began.
Offensive MVP: QB C.J. Brown. He was the catalyst of the offense the entire season and finished with 2,242 passing yards and 576 rushing yards. He led the team with 12 rushing touchdowns and also threw for 13 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Defensive MVP: LB Marcus Whitfield. He finished with 52 tackles, including 15.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
Best moment: Beating Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Having lost three straight games, a win in Blacksburg seemed unlikely, but the Hokies’ usually stingy defense had no answer for Brown, and Maryland held the Hokies to a field goal in overtime before scoring the game winner.
Worst moment: Losing their top two wideouts to injuries in the same game. Maryland lost leading receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long for the season in a 34-10 loss to Wake Forest on Oct. 19. That was the start of the three-game losing streak. Long broke his tibia and fibula, and Diggs, one of the best all-purpose players in the ACC, broke his fibula. Diggs led the team with 520 yards on 26 receptions and three touchdowns, while Long led the team with 28 receptions for 446 yards and a score. In all, Diggs and Long had accounted for more than half of the team's total receptions at the time of their injuries.