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Updated: No. 8 West Virginia survives Maryland

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Wait, what?

Yep, Maryland actually hung tough with No. 8 West Virginia, a near four-touchdown favorite heading into today. The Mountaineers were able to come away with a 31-21 win over the Terps, but it didn’t come easy.

Maryland actually had more total offense than WVU through the first quarter courtesy of a lopsided time of possession. But the reality is Randy Edsall‘s team came out swinging while WVU looked lethargic (I blame the gray uniforms). Edsall must have also watched a ton of tape from Syracuse’s consecutive wins over the Mountaineers, because his defense got all kinds of pressure on Smith.

Speaking of Smith, he didn’t exactly have another RGIII-ish game from a touchdown/incompletion ration. He was 30-of-43 for 338 yards and three TDs, but got hit a lot — especially in the first half. It didn’t help that WVU had practically no running game (25 carries for 30 yards). Maryland was able to apply the pass rush on Smith all day at will.

As for the Mountaineers’ defense? It forced three turnovers, but the tackling was awful.

Credit Maryland for showing up big with a young, but inspired football team. Quarterback Perry Hills has been thrown into a tough situation, but played outstanding football today. And Terps receiver Stefon Diggs? He’s going to be a nightmare for defenses down the road.

West Virginia survived this one and will gladly walk out with a W as they open up Big 12 play next week against Baylor, which had its own scare Friday night against ULM. 

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5 Responses to “Updated: No. 8 West Virginia survives Maryland”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 22, 2012 2:19 PM

    It’s just the first half, and the Mountaineers are ahead 10 points. The second half will belong to the ‘Neers with a real push toward the end.

    Okay, Geno can do it, so the OC should call it…have Geno dump off quickly to screens or slants and get rid of the ball quicker than he has been doing. Maryland will not be able to reach him if he will do that. It will make the defense rush in a little less. The Mountaineers should really “wake up” at half time when their coaches really get their attention.

    This is a better game than the score indicates, but I expect WVU to take flight in the second half. Come on Mountaineers!

  2. inconsonance says: Sep 22, 2012 2:20 PM

    WVU is obligated by state law to blow one “gimme” game per season. It’s probably best that we get it out of the way early, even if it is to Randy goddamn Edsall.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 22, 2012 4:09 PM

    I saw so many missed tackles that I have not seen since a middle school game I saw last week! Come on! Maybe the DC just needs to take the defense through tackling dummies for an hour or two then tackling techniques (basic). I think many college defenses need this, so I am not picking on the Mountaineers, but they need to jack it up for the Big 12 schedule.

    I am glad WVU won, and they did as I hoped they would and pulled it out. But the schedule does not get easier from here. This was supposed to be an easier game than the ones coming!

  4. wvucolumbus says: Sep 22, 2012 4:54 PM

    “survives Maryland”….not sure I’d go w/ that headline. Wasn’t quite that worrisome although the game was closer than many expected (especially Vegas -28).

    NO WAY are we the #8 ranked team in America. Our offense is top 10 in my opinion (not Top 5) and our defense? Well, let’s just say that’s why I think we’re around a 15th ranked team.

    Bring on Baylor!!!

  5. billsboy88 says: Sep 22, 2012 9:39 PM

    Game was never really in jeopardy. It was 34-14 at one point. But, the terps did a good job of keeping Geno off the field, which is key to beating wv. Defense needs to stiffen up if Wv wants a big 12 title

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