West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert was one of two on field goal tries at Maryland n Saturday, but the one just happened to be the game-winner. Lambert’s 47-yard field goal as time expired gave West Virginia (2-1) a thrilling 40-37 victory over Maryland (2-1) in non-conference action. West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett passed for 511 yards and four touchdowns in the game and Kevin White led the way with 216 receiving yards.
Maryland was down 10 points entering the fourth quarter but stormed back in the fourth quarter with a 69-yard punt return by William Likely tying the game at 37-37 with plenty of time left in the fourth quarter. That was when the defenses for both teams managed to show up in a game that saw over 1,000 yards of offense between the two schools. West Virginia racked up 694 yards of offense to Maryland’s 447 yards.
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown passed for 241 yards and led the Terrapins on the ground with 161 rushing yards and two combined touchdowns. Receiver Stefon Diggs was the leading receiver for the Terps with 127 yards and a touchdown. West Virginia running back Rushel Shell led the Mountaineers on the ground with 98 rushing yards. Mario Alford complimented White’s receiving production with 130 yards and two touchdowns. Eight different players caught a West Virginia pass and seven different players got a chance to run with the football. Maryland spread the ball around as well with five different players running the football and seven different players catching a pass.
Maryland will look to regroup next week against their brief former ACC rivals from Syracuse. Maryland will play at Syracuse next Saturday. West Virginia should be feeling pretty good about the offense as they open Big 12 play next weekend at home against Oklahoma. West Virgina will host the Sooners in a primetime match-up after Oklahoma faces Tennessee tonight.