It was difficult to miss Cameron Chism's biggest mistake on Saturday.
He went for an interception off a read in the second quarter. He didn't get it, and Florida International's Greg Ellingson coasted into the end zone for a 43-yard score to tie it.
Ultimately, it didn't matter; Maryland won 42-28, finally putting the Golden Panthers away in the fourth quarter. But it was just the start of an up-and-down day for the junior cornerback.
When Maryland went out for the first possession of the second half, Chism was on the sideline holding his helmet while Trenton Hughes and Dexter McDougle both played.
Afterward, defensive coordinator Don Brown all but affirmed it was a benching.
"Coach's decision, and I thought he responded very well when he went back in," Brown said. "I told him that after the game. It was a coach's decision and I took him out."
Chism came back in late in Florida International's second drive of the quarter and was immediately in the vicinity of another touchdown catch.
But he came back to make three tackles and break up two passes in the fourth quarter, helping wipe away a highly visible miscue. It could also help him move past a so-so performance last week at West Virginia.
"I think you ask him, he'll tell you that," Brown said of Chism's struggles. "He's a tremendous young man. I thought he settled down and showed tremendous character when we needed him to step up late in the third and the fourth, he was making plays on his side of the field."