Former Georgia Tech starter Vad Lee completed 16 of 37 passes for 141 yards in his debut for the Dukes.
New James Madison coach Everett Withers saw his offense penetrate Maryland territory only once before halftime, on a late second-quarter drive halted by Johnson's interception in the end zone.
James Madison falls to 0-3 against Maryland. The Terps won the previous two meetings by a combined 11 points.
Brown scored on first-half carries of 11, 8 and 2 yards, scoring three rushing touchdowns for the second time in his career. He finished with 61 yards on seven carries and completed 11 of 24 passes for 111 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown pass to Deon Long that made it 38-0.
Ross ran for 86 yards on 16 carries. The Terps outgained the Dukes 285-161 on the ground, and averaged 5.7 yards per carry.
Maryland led 14-0 after 6 minutes in the opening quarter on drives of 58 and 46 yards.
On the first, Brown bruised his way in from 11 yards, one play after finding Stefon Diggs over the middle for 5 yards on third-and-4.
On the second, he ran 8 yards into the end zone untouched on a designed QB draw to finish off a five-play march.
Brad Craddock's 49-yard field goal pushed the lead to 17-0 later in the first.
In the second quarter, Brown finished off a 15-play, 80-yard drive with another punishing run on a fourth-and-goal from the 2.
Daryl Gross, who spent a decade as Syracuse's athletic director, will start as Division II Cal State-Los Angeles' AD in July.
Freshman DB Chad Clay didn't last long with the Georgia football team, as the Bulldogs dismissed him following a second arrest in the past four months.
Brenda Tracy, who allegedly was sexually assaulted by four men, including two Oregon State players, in 1998 spoke Wednesday to the Nebraska football team.
A man who claims he told Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he was sexually abused as a teen by Jerry Sandusky asked a judge Wednesday to protect his identity and limit questions.
FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman joins The Paul Finebaum Show to share his thoughts on the upcoming National Championship race.
Urban Meyer, Thad Matta and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith were among the crowd at the parade for the Cleveland Cavliers on Wednesday.
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