West Virginia Vs. Maryland: Terps Rally Falls Short As West Virginia Wins, 37-31

Maryland made it a game with a valiant rally late, but it was not enough as West Virginia wins, 37-31. Danny O'Brien threw three interceptions in the loss.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland: Lack Of 'Technique' In Secondary Cost Terrapins In Loss

Maryland couldn't complete its comeback against West Virginia because their pass defense was so poor. After the game, everyone used one word to describe how it must improve.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland: Randy Edsall And Players Respond After Maryland's 37-31 Loss

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapins lost a very close game today to the West Virginia Mountaineers, but it didn't start out that way. The Terps trailed by as much as 24 points in the second half before mounting a furious comeback that ultimately came up just short in the 37-31. Here a summary of quotes from Coach Randy Edsall and some of the players following a disappointing loss to their riva.

Randy Edsall:

On the game: "I'm very disappointed in the outcome of the game. I thought that we made too many errors out there. We had a chance to win the ballgame at the end but we didn't get it done. There are things that we have to work on; every week there are going to be things that we have to work on. I'm very disappointed that we didn't come out on top because that's what we're shooting for."

On Danny O'Brien's performance: "I love Danny O'Brien. Danny played hard. He played his heart out, but he made a few mistakes. The quarterback is always going to get criticized. He is a great young man and he will get better from watching this film. He will make the corrections. He is out there playing as hard as anyone and I love the kid to death. I thought maybe he tried to put a little bit too much on himself. He needs to go out there and just let it happen. Once he did that in the second half, I think you saw a different guy out there compared to the first half. We did a couple of different things in the second half based on what we were seeing from them. Danny will be fine."

On the comeback, and the team's character: "That's what I expect from these kids. I don't expect any quit. On a Randy Edsall-coached football team, there are never going to be any quitters. If there is someone who is going to be a quitter they aren't going to be on this team. If you can't go out there each and every time you play the game and play a full 60 minutes there is no purpose to play this game. I would be very disappointed if that ever happened. I respect the game too much and I know the kids respect the game too much to do anything other than give their very best effort. I guarantee that's what you will see out of Maryland football. We didn't get it done today because West Virginia is a good team and we made some mistakes. I guarantee you every day you will get the best effort out of this program. That's what we should be doing, and that's what the people who support this program deserve."

Danny O'Brien:

On his three interceptions: "You can't turn the ball over three times at the quarterback position and expect to beat a ranked team. That's really what it comes down to. I thought the line did great, we ran the ball well. We just can't turn the ball over."

On the final turnover that sealed the game: "We had a chance to win. The defense held them to three, kept us in it, but I just gotta get on the same page, like we should have been. We get that play we probably win if we get that."

Kevin Dorsey:

On the comeback: "The crowd was into it to, and that played a huge factor. You start scoring over and over and over and you start having definitive drives, the crowd really gets into it. that plays into the other team. We noticed it after a while, we had momentum with each and every drive and each and every series. Like I said, we had the opportunity at the end to put it away. We just have to execute."

Kenny Tate:

On what Edsall said at halftime: "Coach said to have the will to win. We don't like losing at home. We don't like West Virginia. It was just, we had to have that desire in our heart to give it on every play."

On how they handled the early adversity: "We started to feel sorry for ourselves a little bit, but we just had to re-group and keep our composure. At halftime, we just said that we have to come out and give it our all. You can see in the second half that we made a turn around. Just built too big of a hole."

Joe Vellano:

On trying to get after the quarterback, and the comeback in general: "It's tough, you can win clean, then [they have] such quick passes. You can't get frustrated with that. If you win, then you go to get there and the balls already out, you just gotta keep fighting. Definitely frustrates you with that. I think we got after him sometimes. We had to take away their screen passes which were huge. They hurt us on that one play in the fourth quarter they got us on one of them. I thought everybody battled. I think the biggest thing really was that everyone went into the locker room at halftime and coach talked to us; you gota play every play. It was right down to the wire and it could have gone either way."

Andrew Gonnella:

On Danny O'Brien's performance: "I think Danny played great. You know, sometimes people don't know is that an interception could be a mater of many people's mistakes and faults. So I think that Danny played great, and we spread the blame across our entire team. We're ready to ride with Danny until the end."

On the lessons the team can take from this game: "I don't think we really need to be rallied. We beat ourselves, we know that. We know we can hang with top-20 teams, we just showed it. Unfortunately we didn't close, and now we just have to take this feeling, walking off the field hearing our opponent's fans cheering, and not ours. Take that feeling and use it as fuel for the next game."

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West Virginia Vs Maryland Final Score: Terps Rally Not Enough As They Lose 37-31

With the opportunity to win the game on a storybook ending, Danny O'Brien and Maryland just didn't have enough. Driving late in the fourth quarter down six points, O'Brien threw a comeback killing interception, and West Virginia won the game 37-31.

The Terps showed grit and desire, not to mention a much improved running game, in a remarkable second half in which they outscored West Virginia 21-10. In the end, the comeback fell short on the heels of turnovers, penalties and a defense that could not get off the field in big positions.

Maryland cut the West Virginia lead to three early in the fourth quarter and Byrd Stadium was electric. With the West Virginia offense sputtering, hope emerged on the Terps sideline, but West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith had too much game. Smith passed for almost 400 yards and three Mountaineers receivers broke 100 yards receiving.

Maryland finished the game with two more first downs than the Mountaineers, 29 to 27. Its comeback was led by the ground game. Davin Megget and DJ Adams showed flashed of brilliance and potential of a very strong 1-2 punch. Megget paced the Terps with 113 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Adams, returning from suspension, ran 12 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Score Update: DJ Adams Touchdown Cuts West Virginia Lead To 34-31

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a ballgame. After training by as many as 24 points in the second half, the Maryland football team has rallied. DJ Adams completed the Terps' first drive of the fourth quarter with a two-yard touchdown run, and Davin Meggett fought for the two-point conversion to cut West Virginia's lead to 34-31 with 10:29 remaining in the game.

The Terps' defense held West Virginia in check, then completed an efficient four-and-a-half minute drive. Matt Furstenberg was key in getting some first downs, and Adams and Meggett were outstanding on the ground. The Terps were balanced too, with six run plays and six pass plays on the 12-play drive.

So much for a West Virginia blowout.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Score Update: Terps Rally A Bit, Cut Lead To 34-23

It looked like West Virginia might run away with with the game but Maryland scored twice in the third quarter to cut the WVU lead to 34-23. The Mountaineers received the kick to start the second half and marched down the field for a score. The Terps defense looked like they may force a WVU punt, but a crucial facemask penalty gave West Virginia a first down and the touchdown drive was on. 

The Terps had two scoring drives of their own later in the quarter, featuring some nifty running by Davin Megget including a 20-yard touchdown run. The running game is gathering steam as DJ Adams punched another touchdown in on the ground. Adams' touchdown came after an impressive interception by Dexter McDougle. MCcougle proved to be in the right place at the right time on the pick as the ball bounced off a WVU player's chest.

Fans in Byrd Stadium momentarily rejoiced on what looked like a WVU fumble on a kickoff that was returned for a touchdown, but the refs whistled the play dead. TV review showed that the fumble was caused by the ground, and proved the refs right.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Score Update: Terps Cut West Virginia Lead To 27-10 At Halftime

If you're rooting for the team in black (the Maryland Terrapins), the first half was bad. West Virginia moved the ball when and where they wanted. The Terps had some unlucky breaks, especially the interception thrown by Danny O'Brien, but through 30 minutes of football West Virginia is the better team. The Mountaineers lead, 27-10, at halftime.

The last Maryland drive allows for a hint of optimism, though. O'Brien moved the ball with authority, connecting on longer routes and a few check downs, and eventually connected with Kevin Dorsey for a touchdown. Questions about playcalling will surely come in a first half that saw an inordinate amount of WR screens. O'Brien has a big arm, so perhaps he can let it loose in the second half.

Otherwise, it's been all West Virginia. O'Brien has been intercepted twice, once for a touchdown, and the Mountaineers also have touchdowns on the ground.

The Terps' defense needs to play better. WVU quarterback Geno Smith has played well and Tavon Austin is well on his way towards another Terp-killing day. The receiver from Baltimore has over 100 yards at halftime, his second straight game against the Terps breaking the century mark. Again, it's only halftime.  

if nothing else, Coach Discipline (Randy Edsall) needs to get the team to cut mistakes. This Maryland team cannot afford turnovers and penalties, like the late second quarter pass interference call that led to a WVU field goal for the current margin.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Score: Danny O'Brien Intercepted For Touchdown, Terps Trail 14-3 Early

Maryland football has gotten off to a really bad start against West Virginia in its showdown game on Saturday. Quarterback Danny O'Brien made a poor throw that was intercepted by Terence Gavin and returned 37 yards for a touchdown to give the Mountaineers an early 14-3 lead.

The Mountaineers have had no trouble on offense either. They drove the ball down the field on the very first drive, but Maryland was able to force and recover a fumble. Maryland drove down the field from there, but had to settle for a field goal. On the ensuing possession, West Virginia benefited from a pass interference call on Cameron Chism and got a nine-yard touchdown run by Vernard Roberts.

The Terps have been unable to move the ball consistently outside of that drive after the fumble.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Time, TV Schedule, Announcers And More

The Maryland Terrapins face a formidable opponent in Byrd Stadium in No.18 West Virginia on Saturday as they look to build on a season-opening win over Miami. Here is everything you need to know about Saturday's game:

Who: No. 18 West Virginia vs. Maryland.

Where: Byrd Stadium.

When: Noon EST

TV Information: The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU. Rob Stone and Danny Kannell will be the announcers.

Spread: Maryland by 1.

Last game: Maryland opened the Randy Edsall era with a 32-24 win over Miami on September 5. West Virginia routed Norfolk State, 55-12, last week.

Last season: West Virginia won, 31-17, in Morgantown. The Mountaineers have won the last five matchups. Maryland has not won since a 34-7 win back in 2003.

Key absences: The Terps will be without wide receivers Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree, who were suspended after an alleged incident where Tyler fought a police officer near campus on Thursday.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Preview: Five Questions With Two West Virginia Experts

The Terps host a ranked Mountaineer squad in College Park this Saturday. For more on what we can expect from the Mountaineers, we turned to not one, but two West Virginia football experts.

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Quintin McCree, Ronnie Tyler Suspended For West Virginia Vs. Maryland Game

Wide receivers Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree have both been suspended for Maryland's game vs. West Virginia for a violation of team rules.

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College Football Odds, Week 3: West Virginia Vs. Maryland: Terps A Narrow Favorite At Home

The Maryland Terrapins have had two games so far this season that have been pretty tough to call for the oddsmakers. The first was because nobody really knew how the University of Miami would come out after all the suspensions decimated their lineup. This week it's the West Virginia Mountaineers, and nobody really knows how to pick it, apparently. As of right now, the Terps are the favorites by the narrowest of margins, according to SB Nation's odds page powered by OddsShark.

09/17/2011 West Virginia 53½o-110 56½o-110
12:00 PM Maryland -1-110 -2-110 -1½-110

 

West Virginia is currently the only team that is ranked, but Maryland is going to be at home, in some beautiful weather, and should have a pretty rowdy crowd behind them. Like the odds say, this should be a good one.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland: Terps Will Wear All-Black Uniforms Vs. Mountaineers

Ever since the Terps ran out of the tunnel against Miami wearing their state flag uniforms on Labor Day, Maryland's jerseys have been a topic of constant topic of conversation for fans and casual observers alike. Now we know what kind of jerseys they will be wearing when the Terps face the Mountaineers in College Park on Saturday. Coach Randy Edsall has announced that Maryland will wear their all-black uniforms on Sunday.

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(via @RandyEdsall)

The Terps captains will make the decision each week, and Edsall will be tweeting the results each Monday. As for the combination that was chosen, I have to say, I'm happy. All-black was one of my favorites of the many Maryland football uniform combinations, and it's a fitting choice to wear in the middle of the day at home.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland: Terps Will Have To Deal With a Fully Healthy Tavon Austin

On paper, West Virginia will be a much tougher test for Maryland than the Miami Hurricanes were in their first game of the season. West Virginia is ranked in both polls while Miami was not, and they don't have the suspensions lingering over them like the 'Canes did. The news doesn't get any easier because now we find out that West Virginia's best playmaker Tavon Austin is recovered from a dislocated finger and close to 100%, according to Eric Prisbell.

I talked with West Virginia’s Tavon Austin, the team’s best playmaker, on the phone Tuesday night. Remember, WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen told The Charleston Daily Mail that Austin played through what likely was a dislocated finger suffered in Saturday’s victory over Norfolk State. Austin told me his finger is fine and that he feels close to 100 percent.

Austin is the exact kind of home run hitter that the Terps have always had trouble with. They had a lot of issues trying to contain the kick return game against Miami, and Austin provides a similar threat. If they can bottle him up, it will go a long way towards earning a victory.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland: Terps An Early One Point Favorite Over The Mountaineers

The Maryland Terrapins are on the outside looking in in both of the major polls, and they host a team that is in the top 20 of both this weekend in the West Virginia Mountaineers. But the oddsmakers must have seen something they liked from the Terps in their first game because the Terps are reportedly favorites in that contest now.

West Virginia opened-3 at Maryland. Now Maryland is a one point favorite at home.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

I personally prefer to play the underdog role, and it seems like Randy Edsall might have that personality as well, but we'll have to see how the Terps handle being the "favorite" in this one. But based on the rankings, I think coach Edsall might still be able to find some bulletin board material.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland: Terps Host Ranked Mountaineers Squad In College Park

The Maryland Terrapins host the West Virginia Mountaineers in College Park this weekend in a battle of two rivals.

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