COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Four different players scored touchdowns and Nick Novack kicked four field goals as Maryland cruised to a 44-14 victory over Akron in its home opener.
Coming off a 22-0 loss to Notre Dame in the Kickoff Classic, Maryland (1-1) was not challenged by Akron, a member of the Mid-American Conference.
Scott McBrien accounted for two early touchdowns, scoring on a two-yard TD run and finding Derrick Fenner for an eight-yard TD strike to give Maryland a 14-0 lead with 6:52 left in the opening quarter.
Akron (0-2) closed to 14-7 on Charlie Frye's 65-yard TD pass to Nick Sparks with 3:17 left in the first period.
But the Terrapins scored three unanswered TDs in the second period to build a 35-7 cushion at the intermission. Steve Sutter made it 21-7 with an 81-yard punt return 51 seconds into the period before Jason Crawford and Chris Downs scored on short TD runs of three and one yards.
McBrien completed 9-of-15 passes for 110 yards after connecting on 9-of-23 for 84 yards against the Fighting Irish.
With leading rusher Bruce Perry still sidelined, Mario Merrills paced Maryland on the ground with 79 yards on 17 carries. Downs added 58 yards on 12 carries.
Frye completed 15-of-25 passes for 216 yards for the Zips, but threw three interceptions.
Maryland opened a four-game homestand, matching its longest stretch at home since 1983.