Things got tense at the start of the fourth quarter when the Terps scored their third straight unanswered touchdown, added the conversion, and cut the Mountaineers’ lead to a mere three points.
Geno Smith and company drove back but couldn’t get the ball into the end zone after an impressive drive and had to settle for a field goal.
The Terrapins were on fire balancing a successful rushing attack with some white hot passing from O’Brien, who at one point had completed fourteen straight passes. It would, however, be O’Brien who undid the Terrapins valiant comeback when he was intercepted by Eain Smith with under two minutes remaining sealing a six point victory for the Mountaineers.
At times today, the Mountaineer offense looked unstoppable, but stalled out late. The offense isn’t going to be the problem with this team
On defense however, the Mountaineers seemed overly susceptible to the run, allowing nearly five and half yards per rush. It seemed that Maryland didn’t realize they could be so successful running the football until late in the game. Once they started winning the ground battle, everything came into play but the Terps were unable to make plays on the final drive to seal the deal.
The Mountaineer aerial offensive assault continued as the ‘Eers took the second half’s opening possession 78 yards for a quick score to open the half. Geno Smith found Stedman Bailey down the middle for a 34 yard touchdown hitting the lanky sophomore perfectly in stride.
Maryland drove 71 yards on their next possession to the WVU 6 yard line before failing to convert a fourth down. West Virginia’s defense has looked great and while Danny O’Brien has had some success the Mountaineers have made plays when it has counted. After a quick WVU possession, the Terps got back on the board behind a diving Davin Meggett rushing touchdown from 20 yards out. Maryland attempted a two point conversion, but did not convert. Meggett scored on his third consecutive carry as the Terrapins discovered that they may have more success running through the Mountaineer defense instead of throwing over it.
Geno Smith threw his first interception of the day, a fluke sideline pick by Maryland’s Dexter McDougle which bounced out of the hands of Ivan McCartney along the sidelines. Maryland drove the ball 44 yards, capping it off with a 6 yard touchdown run by DJ Adams.
With the margin cut to eleven, and the Terrapins waking up to the fact they can run the football on the Mountaineers, stay tuned to SBNation Pittsburgh for more updates. Things are starting to get interesting.
The Mountaineer offense continued to do good work through the second quarter and the ’Eers hold a 27-10 lead at the half.
West Virginia continues to play quickly and efficiently on offense, despite two lost fumbles. A second quarter 67 yard drive was capped off by freshman Andrew Buie’s 10 yard touchdown run, the first of his career. Geno Smith put the Mountaineers in position with a beautiful 36 yard sideline toss to Ivan McCartney, who has 6 receptions at the half. Tavon Austin leads all Mountaineers with 7 catches for 101 yards.
All in all, Geno has looked like an elite quarterback and some of his throws have been absolutely perfectly placed. He finished the half 21-28 with 232 yards passing and no interceptions. Seven different Mountaineers caught passes in the first half. The run game hasn’t been left out of things entirely, with Buie and Vernard Roberts each finding the end zone. Shawne Alston found some work in short-yardage situations carrying the ball three times.
After being dominated for much of the first half, Maryland looked to get things back under control when quarterback Danny O’Brien found Kevin Dorsey in the corner of the end zone for the Terrapins only touchdown. O’Brien looked rattled early in the half when he handed the ’Eers two easy interception, one of which was returned for a score.
The first quarter has come to an end in College Park and it has been the most successful first quarter this season for the Mountaineers. While WVU has struggled early in games this season, this time things are different.
Vernard Roberts scored on a nine yard touchdown run to cap an 88 yard, ten play drive that saw Geno Smith thread a couple of beautiful passes to beat Maryland defenders. The Mountaineers have been moving the football with ease, but saw their first drive stymied by an Andrew Buie fumble.
The Mountaineer defense has come to play as well, getting off the field when given the opportunity. The Terps have only converted one third down in the first quarter. The defense even got onto the scoreboard when and scored their first touchdown of the season on a 38 yard interception return for a touchdown by Terence Garvin.
So far, so good for Mountaineer fans in College Park, Stay tuned to SBNation Pittsburgh for more in-game updates.