A look at Brian Knorr’s recent history against Maryland

One of the advantages for Indiana in Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Maryland could lie within its coaching staff.

After spending the previous six seasons in the ACC with Wake Forest, including the last three as the Demon Deacons’ defensive coordinator, Brian Knorr knows the Terps.

Between the 2011-13 seasons, Knorr and Wake Forest went 2-1 against Maryland. Knorr has also planned for Terps quarterback C.J. Brown twice in the last three years as defensive coordinator, joking this week that it feels like the sixth-year signal caller has been around for eight.

“Having faced them in the past, Maryland is very talented,” Knorr said. “…(C.J. Brown) is very athletic. 6-foot-3, very fast, saw him one night run for about 250 against a good Clemson defense. He’s a dangerous quarterback, as far as a guy with flat out, straight-line speed, he can really run away from people and has a lot of targets.”

Here’s a look at Knorr’s three matchups against Maryland as defensive coordinator at Wake, and how the Demon Deacons fared against the Terps and Brown:

Wake Forest won, 34-10. Maryland totaled 383 yards, including 344 through the air. Brown completed 15 of 24 passes for 137 yards and threw two interceptions. He finished with -35 yards on eight carries. Maryland averaged 5.2 yards per play. Brown was benched midway through that game and Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post wrote:

His interception total went from one to three against the Demon Deacons. He took three hard sacks and several more jarring hits from a relentless Wake Forest defensive line during a 34-10 drubbing. So at halftime, with his team trailing 24-3, Maryland Coach Randy Edsall approached backup quarterback Caleb Rowe and told him, “Just be ready.”

Maryland won, 19-14. The Terps totaled 244 yards, including 191 through the air. Brown missed this game and the season after tearing his ACL during preseason. Maryland averaged 3.6 yards per play.

Wake Forest won, 31-10. Maryland posted 415 yards, including 344 through the air. Brown competed 20 of 42 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 110 yards on 13 carries. Maryland’s offense averaged 5.5 yards per play.

“We have our films from when we played Wake Forest and what he’s done,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday. “You can see that there’s a carryover from what he did at Wake Forest to what he’s doing at Indiana. They’re mixing some things up there. Brian’s a good football coach, Kevin’s a good football coach. They’re doing really good things there. We know there are things you prepare for, then there’s also things that you probably haven’t seen before and you have to be able to make adjustments for.”

Over Maryland’s three meetings with Knorr’s defense, the Terps averaged 240.3 passing yards and 107 on the ground. Maryland was also a combined 12-for-46 (26 percent) on third down.