Posted by Chip Patterson
WEST VIRGINIA WON. West Virginia withstood a second half push from the Terps to hold on and escape College Park with a six point win. Geno Smith set a school record for completions (36) and racked up 388 yards passing, with three different receivers topping the 100 yard mark.
HOW WEST VIRGINIA WON: Despite the gaudy offensive statistics, the credit for the victory goes to defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and the Mountaineers defense. After O'Brien carved up the Miami defense in the Terps' opener, West Virginia held Maryland's offense in check by swarming to the ball on short passes and holding on third down.
WHEN WEST VIRGINIA WON: With the ball around midfield and just under two minutes remaining, O'Brien had a pass picked off at the 13 yard line - his third interception of the game. He had completed five of six passes on the drive, but it was the second incompletion that sealed the Terps' fate.
WHAT WEST VIRGINIA WON: Maryland's second half comeback tested the Mountaineers, who now will prepare for a visit from No. 3 LSU. West Virginia defeated Marshall and Norfolk State by a combined 64 points, and it was a good experience for Smith to lead those fourth quarter drives with some extra pressure. Things will be much more difficult in the fourth quarter with that deep and relentless LSU defensive line on the other side of the ball.
WHAT MARYLAND LOST:A chance to build on their opening win momentum. Even with a week off, the college football world was still talking about Maryland and their uniforms heading into Week 3. If the purpose of the uniform combinations is to generate some attention, they have been doing their job. But the threads will not keep audiences tuned in alone, and the Terps could've used another impressive victory at home to change the story from aesthetics to athletics.
THAT WAS CRAZY: After struggling mightily in the ground game for two weeks, West Virginia was able to get 107 combined rushing yards from Andrew Buie, Vernard Roberts, and Shawne Alston. The game was Alston's first after suffering a neck injury this spring. He rushed for 248 yards in six games of action in 2010.
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QUICK HITS: No. 18 West Virginia 37, Maryland 31
Posted on: September 17, 2011 3:49 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 3:54 pm