Maryland Can't Complete Comeback, Lose 31-17.

Down 28-0 in the 3rd Quarter, the Terps comeback, but fall short 31-17.

The Maryland Terrapins dropped to 2-1 on the season Saturday after a gut-wrenching 31-17 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown.

The Terps started out the game about as poorly as you can, receiving three delay of game penalties, one false start, and wasting a timeout - all on the first drive. West Virginia rattled off touchdowns on two straight drives, and it was 28-0 in the third quarter before Maryland had time to breathe.

The only offense Maryland was able to muster came on two long passes from Jamarr Robinson to Torrey Smith, both resulting in the only Terrapin touchdowns of the game. With ten minutes left in the third quarter, Robinson bombed it to Smith on a fly route, who caught it just outside the end zone and jogged in for the 60 yard-score. With four minutes left in the third, Robinson slung it to Smith, who was crossing from right to left. The Mountaineer defender was unable to keep up, and Smith took it 80 yards for the score, making it a two touchdown game.

The passing game of West Virginia proved impossible to stop. Geno Smith threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns, finding three options – Tavon Austin, Jock Sanders, and Stedman Bailey – throughout the course of the game. Austin caught seven passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns while Bailey caught two touchdowns as well.

The Mountaineers' rushing game was quite effective as well. Superstar running back Noel Devine ran 29 times for 132 yards, but it was fullback Ryan Clarke who sealed the deal late in the game. West Virginia continued to pound the ball with Clarke late in the fourth quarter, taking off around eight minutes of game clock, and the big guy finished with 15 carries for 64 yards.

The three big stories for the Terps, however, are the play of the offensive line, the job of the coaching staff, and the status of Danny O'Brien. The O-Line gave up eight sacks during the game, and looked even worse. Robinson was given no time to throw (although his decisions made throughout the game didn't help his cause), and the Mountaineers easily slipped through to pressure Maryland. The Terps finished with 27 carries for -13 yards. Left tackle Justin Gilbert was hurt during the game and missed the rest of the affair, moving R.J. Dill over to the left side and putting Pete Desouza in at right tackle.

The Terps looked woefully unprepared and clueless on offense throughout the game. Many of the play-calling decisions made by Maryland coaches were questionable at best, and with ten penalties, eight sacks allowed, and -27 rushing yards, questions have to be raised about the viability of this coaching staff.

Backup quarterback Danny O'Brien, who was expected to get a lot of snaps in this game, came in for one play at the end of the second quarter. A West Virginia defensive end blew by the Maryland line, hit O'Brien hard, and knocked him out for the rest of the game. His status is unknown, but with C.J. Brown out as well, this does not bode well for the sanctity of Devin Burns' redshirt.

Maryland's next game is Saturday, September 25th, at home against Florida International. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

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