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Maryland vs. West Virginia Score Update: Mountaineers Still Lead 24-14 Headed to Fourth

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.

For more on Terps football, visit Maryland blog Testudo Times, plus SB Nation DC. For more on WVU football, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh.