Maryland has managed to hang with the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown so far, giving up two early touchdowns but responding with one of their own. The Terps trail 14-7 after the first.
Maryland went three-and-out on their first drive, but came up with a big defensive stop on West Virginia's first offensive opportunity. After giving up a first down on a great catch by Stedman Bailey, Brian Stewart's Terrapin defense brought the pressure, forcing a third down incompletion by Geno Smith and a fourth down punt by Corey Smith.
On the Terps' next drive, Perry Hills ran for three yards before completing a play-action pass to Matt Furstenburg for a first down. Brandon Ross ran for a three-yard gain and a West Virginia facemask gave the Terps another first down. Three plays later, on third-and-ten, Hills completed a nice 13-yard pass to Kevin Dorsey for a first down, and that's when everything fell apart.
The Mountaineers brought a perfectly-timed blitz, and Darwin Cook sacked Hills and forced the fumble after Tyler Cierski missed a block. Doug Rigg recovered, returning it all the way to the end zone for a 48-yard West Virginia touchdown. The Mountaineers led 7-0 with just over 11 minutes left in the quarter.
On West Virginia's next drive, they struck quickly. A screen pass to Andrew Buie netted 34 yards, and a pass over the middle to Tavon Austin went 44 yards for the score. Matt Robinson made a poor attempt at the tackle, just throwing his shoulder into Austin and kind of pushing him along his way, and it was 14-0 Mountaineers.
Maryland responded in kind, with a strike of their own. After four straight runs, including first downs from Albert Reid and Brandon Ross, Mike Locksley called a play-action. Hills rolled out to the left side, avoiding the blitz and picking up a big block from Cierski, and found a (somehow) wide-open Diggs on the left sideline. Diggs put on the burners and sprinted past the Mountaineers' defense before diving in for the 42-yard score, bringing it to 14-7 West Virginia.
The Terps forced a three-and-out on West Virginia's next drive, thanks to a tackle and a pass broken up by Kenny Tate, back from injury for the first time this year.
Maryland will start the second quarter on their own 41-yard line with a 3rd-and-4.
The Terps are dominating the time of possession, with nearly 11 minutes compared to West Virginia's 3:42, and are actually leading the yardage battle as well - 109 to 98. Hills has looked great, and is 7/10 for 87 yards and the score, while Brandon Ross has eight rushes for 21 yards. Matt Furstenburg has two catches for 25 yards.