COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The quarterback controversy at Maryland is over, at least for now.
Sophomore C.J. Brown will start Saturday at Florida State based on his exceptional performance last weekend in a 56-45 loss to No. 8 Clemson. Brown has displaced Danny O'Brien, who started 10 games last season and the first five this year.
A week ago, Terrapins coach Randy Edsall waited until gametime to name Brown the starter. Brown ran for 162 yards and threw three touchdowns, so there was little mystery as to who would start against the Seminoles.
"C.J. played well. He's the No. 1 quarterback as we go into Florida State," Edsall said Tuesday. "He made a lot of good decisions, but we want him to improve, just like everybody else."
It would be difficult for Brown to top his numbers against Clemson. In addition to setting a single-game rushing mark for a Maryland quarterback, he guided a no-huddle attack that ran 83 plays and rolled up 468 yards, 291 on the ground.
QB SWAP AT AUBURN: Sophomore quarterback Clint Moseley will make his first career start Saturday for the No. 19 Tigers at No. 1 LSU. Moseley is replacing Barrett Trotter. In other Auburn news, guard Jared Cooper will miss the rest of the regular season after having surgery on his lower right leg.
TREE POISONING: An attorney for the man accused of poisoning the trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner is asking a judge to reduce the charges to misdemeanors. Attorney Everett Wess filed the motion on behalf of Harvey Updyke Jr. in Lee County Circuit Court. Wess said in filings that the state of Alabama "has explicitly set the value of an oak tree" at $20, which would be below the level for a felony.
ARKANSAS: The school unveiled details of an estimated $300 million athletic facilities plan, one that includes the enclosing of the north end zone at Razorback Stadium. The plan would take 30 years and affect each of the university's 19 athletic programs.
ARKANSAS ST.: Senior safety A.J. Hills was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
LA. TECH: Running back/wide receiver Lyle Fitte will not play again this season because of a knee injury.
LOUISVILLE: Coach Charlie Strong agreed to a new seven-year contract. His current contract ran through the 2015 season. The new deal increases his base salary from $1.6 million to $2.3 million. Strong was named co-Big East coach of the year last season, his first with the school.
MICHIGAN ST.: The school said the Big Ten notified it of a possible "conduct violation" stemming from its emotional win over Michigan.
TULANE: Coach Bob Toledo resigned. Offensive line coach Mark Hutson was named interim coach for the remaining six games. Toledo is 15-40 with the school, including a 2-5 start this season.
ARKANSAS ST. 34, FIU 16: The host Red Wolves rallied past the Golden Panthers (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt) with three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Florida International receiver T.Y. Hilton's 46-yard TD catch in the third quarter gave him 22 for his career, tying the conference record.