C.J. Brown found out during warmups that he would be making his first college start against the eighth-ranked team in the nation.
If he was nervous, it sure wasn't evident by the way he played.
Brown ran for 162 yards, scored one touchdown and passed for three, but it wasn't enough to prevent Maryland from blowing an 18-point lead in a 56-45 loss to Clemson on Saturday night.
Brown and Danny O'Brien competed in practice during the week, and it wasn't too long before kickoff that Brown got the nod from coach Randy Edsall.
''Me and Danny were both preparing that we were going to be the starter, and then we found out during pregame warmups, right before the game, what Coach Edsall decided to do,'' Brown said.
Brown was magnificent. In addition to his rushing total, he completed 17 of 35 passes for 177 yards.
''Being my first start, I was excited,'' he said. ''I had the nerves, I had the energy. It felt good to get out there and show what I could do. It just stinks that we came up...