Maryland Live Blog: Maryland Comes Up Short Against West Virginia, 31-17
It did not take long for the Mountaineers to find the end zone. Senior running back Noel Devine set up the Mountaineers touchdown drive with a 50 yard scamper. West Virginia quarter back connected with Mountaineer receiver Tavon Austin in the corner of the end zone to give the Mountaineers an early 7-0 lead.
The Mountaineers continued their offensive rampage marching down effortlessly against the Terrapin defense for a 51 yard touchdown drive.
With the help of another senior to set up the scoring drive, senior receiver Jock Sanders opened up the drive with a nine yard end-around and then followed that up with a 32-yard reception from Geno Smith.
Smith found Tavon Austin alone in the corner of the end zone to give the Mountaineers a commanding 14-0 lead early in the first quarter.
The Mountaineer defense stepped up holding the Terrapin offense to 23 total yards in their first two possessions of the game.
West Virginia will travel to LSU next week and hope to keep the offense rolling against the Tigers.
Up next for the Terrapins is Florida International on Sept. 25 at 12 ET
West Virginia improves to 3-0 with the victory and Maryland fall to 2-1
My hat is off to the Terrapins who did not fold after falling behind to West Virginia early. They fought tough and lost to a very good Mountaineer team.
After failing to pick up the first down, the West Virginia Mountaineers will take over the ball and bring out the victory formation.
Maryland now faces a 4th and 29
Jamarr Robinson has been sacked on back to back plays and Bruce Irvin has picked up his third sack of the game. The West Virginia front seven has been too much for the Terrapin offensive line.
After an offside call against the Mountaineers on the kickoff, Maryland elected to have West Virginia to kick it off again. Maryland took over at the MD 43
Maryland takes over the ball with 03:02 to play in the fourth quarter.
The Terps chose to kick the field goal and it ultimately back fired after the Mountaineers drove down field to kick a field goal and left the Terrapins with little time in the fourth quarter.
On 4th and Goal from the Mountaineers connected on a 24-yard field goal to increase their lead 31-17 over the Terps.
After taking over the ball at 11:59 in the fourth quarter, West Virginia has already taken 8:48 seconds off the clock. This has truly been a remarkable drive by the Mountaineers.
It is now 2nd and Goal and MD desperately needs to hold WV to a field goal at worst.
Maryland tried to bunch up the middle of the field, but fullback Ryan Clarke bounced it to the outside and picked up the first down for the Mountaineers.
WV now faces a 3rd and 1
Kenny Tate made a big stop on 2nd and 3 to hold Devine just short of the first down.
Geno Smith turned to his go to receiver on 3rd down and connected with Tavon Austin for the West Virginia first down. The Mountaineers now take over on the MD 46
A big 3rd and 7 is coming up for the Mountaineer offense after the Maryland defense pushed the Mountaineer offense back on second down.
On a second down, Noel Devine took the ball for the Mountaineers on the ground and had his helmet ripped off by Zachariah Kerr. Maryland was charged with a personal foul-face mask call as a result.
Noted: Travis Baltz connected on the 35 yard field goal. Baltz is also the Terrapins punter, and is taking over the kicking responsibilities as Terrapin place kicker Nick Ferrara is still out with a hamstring injury.
The Mountaineer defense just swarmed again on Robinson and sacked the Terrapin quarterback. The sixth sack of the day for the Mountaineer defense.
On fourth down, Ralph Friedgen elected to kick the field goal and now the Terps trail West Virginia 28-17 in the fourth quarter.
Maryland now faces a 3rd and 7 inside the West Virginia 15
On 4th and 7, Jamarr Robinson stepped up in the pocket and picked up the first down. Robinson ran the ball for 12 yards to take the ball down to the WV 15
Well we are just moments away from Maryland's 3rd and 19 after the end of the third quarter came to the close.
Jamarr Robinson connected with Quinton McCree to make it 4th and 7
The Mountaineer defense has just sacked Maryland for the fifth time today. The sack is costly as Maryland now faces a 3rd and 19. Maryland will need to pick up at least some yards as they are most certainly in four down territory.
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