Both defense stepped their games up, as West Virginia and Maryland traded punts in a largely uneventful third quarter.
Maryland gave up an early first down to West Virginia, but was able to force two completions from Geno Smith and stuff Andrew Buie to force a punt. After a Terrapin three-and-out, the Mountaineers got the ball back, and Maryland's defense came up big again.
Demetrius Hartsfield crushed Smith for a nine-yard sack, and two plays later the Terps forced a punt. Maryland was able to get a prolonged drive going, with four first downs, but a dropped pass by Marcus Leak forced a Terrapin punt.
For the Terps, Hartsfield, Dexter McDougle and Joe Vellano were particularly noticeable in making some big plays. Both teams struggled offensively, and it will remain 24-14 heading into the final quarter.
Perry Hills is 16/23 for 191 yards and two touchdowns, compared to Geno Smith's 21/32 for 256 yards and two scores. The Terps have a 56-1 advantage on the ground, thanks to 48 yards on 18 carries by Brandon Ross.