Saturday, Sept. 17
Maryland (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
No. 18 West Virginia (2-0, 0-0 Big East)
Kickoff: Noon EDT
Location: College Park, Md.
Stadium: Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium (54,000)
TV: ESPN - ESPNU - Rob Stone (pbp) and Danny Kanell (color) will call the action. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will air a replay of the ESPNU telecast at 7 p.m. Sunday.
RADIO: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp), Jonathan Claiborne (color), Tim Strachan (color) and Dave Preston (sidelines) have the call. The Toyota Tailgate Show with Gary Stein begins at 11 a.m. Terrapin Sports Radio Network (14 affiliates): WJZ-FM 105.7 - Baltimore (Flagship); WJZ-AM 1300 - Baltimore (Flagship); ESPN980-AM - Washington D.C.; WWXX-FM 94.3 - Buckland, Va.; WCEM-AM 1240 - Cambridge; WBEY-FM 97.9 - Crisfield; WGOP-AM 540 - Crisfield; WFMD-AM 930 - Frederick; WARK-AM 1490 - Hagerstown; WPTX-AM 1690 - Lexington Park; WVMD-AM 1230 - Midland; WMSG-AM 1050 - Oakland; WWXT-FM 92.7 - Prince Frederick, Md.; WTGM-AM 960 - Salisbury.
TICKETS: A limited number of tickets are available for the game. Fans may call 1-800-IM-A-TERP from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or go to www.umterps.com.
The Terrapins, wearing their Maryland Pride uniforms, kicked off the 2011 season on Labor Day with a thrilling 32-24 win over Miami before a nationally-televised audience on ESPN. The Terps, under the direction of first-year head coach Randy Edsall, now welcome interstate rival and 18th-ranked West Virginia which has posted a pair of convincing wins on the season.
The Terrapins, who are receiving votes in both national polls, piled up 499 yards of total offense, forced four turnovers and scored twice defensively in their season-opening win over Miami. Maryland and Wake Forest, which are both 1-0, have the early lead in the ACCs Atlantic Division race.
The Terps have won seven of their last eight season openers, including wins on Labor Day the last two years. They will now try and improve to 2-0 for the second straight year, but just the third time in the last five seasons.
Maryland opened its schedule with a conference opponent for just the second time in the last 17 years, but the Terps won both of those contests. In addition to the 32-24 Labor Day win over Miami (9/5), the Terps opened the 2001 season with a 23-7 win over North Carolina.
The Terps will look to snap a five-game skid against West Virginia Saturday. The Mountaineers averaged 44.5 points (19th in the FBS) over their first two games and yielded just 12.5 ppg (20th in the FBS).
PILING UP THE YARDS...
Marylands no-huddle, hurry-up attack, which debuted vs. Miami (9/5), produced the biggest offensive output in almost six years. The Terps racked up 499 yards of total offense, the most since putting up 524 against North Carolina on Nov. 12, 2005. Quarterback Danny OBrien accounted for 385 of those yards (348 passing, 37 rushing) while running back Davin Meggett, a Doak Walker watch list member, had 92 rushing yards and 34 receiving yards. OBriens total offense output ranked third in the FBS on the opening weekend of the season.
Maryland limited big plays vs. Miamis (9/5) offense and got some from its own attack. The Terps had five offensive plays of more than 20 yards with none bigger than Kevin Dorseys 52-yard fourth-quarter reception which set up Nick Ferraras game-winning field goal. The Maryland defense held the Hurricanes to two plays over 20 yards, though one of those (41-yard scamper by Lamar Miller) went for a touchdown.
STREAKS AND TRENDS...
Maryland snapped a four-game losing streak to top 25 teams with last seasons 38-31 win over 21st-ranked NC State (11/27). Maryland is in search of its first win over a top 20 team since downing 17th-ranked North Carolina (11/15/08).
The Terrapins have won six of their last seven home games and averaged 39.0 points over that stretch.
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Maryland is 9-2 when winning the turnover battle.
Danny OBrien has averaged 300.8 passing yards over the last five games.
The M Club, the departments lettterman organization, and the Maryland Gridiron Network, the football booster program, will serve as hosts to the fifth annual Decades Reunion this weekend. Following a reception Friday evening, letterwinners from Maryland teams of 2001, 1991, 1981, 1971, 1961 and 1951 will be recognized at halftime of the West Virginia game.
MARYLAND PRIDE UNIFORMS...
In his College Park debut, head coach Randy Edsalls Terrapins sported state-of-the-art Maryland Pride uniforms inspired by characteristics specific to the state flag and the University of Maryland. From head-to-toe, the right and left sides of the uniforms coordinated with the two patterns found on the state flag, including a custom helmet. It was about being prideful of your state, being prideful of the University and being prideful of all the people that have put on the Maryland football jersey before us, said Edsall of the uniforms designed by Under Armour. Its great that people are talking about Maryland football. The Terps warmed up for the Miami game in one their 32 uniform options before changing into the Maryland Pride gear before kickoff. The Maryland Pride outfit will be considered a special occasion uniform.