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It's the second of three consecutive home noon starts for West Virginia, so jump in early for a last roundup of notes and observations before kickoff. Game Scorecard
Sat 9/22/12 12:00 PM

Morgantown, WV

Mountaineer Field
Record: 2-0
Polls: 7/8
Last Game
JMU 42-12 W
Radio: MSN
Record: 2-1
Polls: NA
Last Game
UConn L 24-21
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2012 Schedule

Series: WVU 25-21-2
First Meeting: 1919
Last Meeting: 2011
Press Release
Season Stats
2012 Schedule

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Maryland freshman Stefon Diggs has put up good numbers through three games. He tallies 147 yards per contest in all-purpose yardage, making him the Terps' leader in that category. The problem is that Diggs doesn't have much of a supporting cast. Wide receiver Marcus Leak is second on the team, but he records just 54 total yards per contest.

By way of contrast, West Virginia has three players (Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin and Andrew Buie) averaging 128 yards or more per game, with a fourth, Shawne Alston, totaling 92.5 per outing.


Maryland has put up some very good defensive numbers this year. The Terps are allowing fewer than 2.6 yards per rush, and are disrupting opposing offenses with 21 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Overall Maryland has yielded just 227 yards per outing.

Yes, we hear you already. Maryland's defensive stats haven't exactly come against powerhouse offensive foes. 'What,' we hear you saying, 'will happen when UM has to stop West Virginia's attack?'

That's a valid question, but it's not necessarily a foregone conclusion. James Madison's defense was viewed in much the same manner, but the Dukes were able to stifle West Virginia's running game and put at least a modicum of pressure on Geno Smith with relentless blitzing. Is West Virginia's offense ready to respond to that challenge?

We're not predicting that the Terps will hold West Virginia to 10 points or less than 300 yards of total offense. But it's not a given that the Mountaineers are going to score eight touchdowns, either.


One of Dana Holgorsen's metrics for evaluating his offense is first downs – he views them as excellent markers for the efficiency of his attack. So far this year, he's on another record pace at WVU. The Mountaineers recorded 301 first downs last year, setting the school record, but are on pace to obliterate that mark this season. At the current rate, West Virginia would have 383 first downs by the end of the season.


Maryland coach Randy Edsall's lone win against West Virginia came in Connecticut's 16-13 win in 2010. That's also WVU's most recent overtime outing. West Virginia and Maryland have gone to overtime once against each other, with the Mountaineers taking a 19-16 decision in 2004 on the strength of the late Chris Henry's touchdown reception.


Maryland won its first two games despite committing more turnovers than its opponent in each contest, and is at the short end of a 10-6 turnover ratio. All 10 of the Terrapins turnovers (four interceptions, six fumbles) have come from freshmen.


Maryland's offensive coordinator is Mike Locksley, who was supported by a segment of the Mountaineer fan base as the best candidate for the Mountaineer head coaching position when Rich Rodriguez slunk out of town departed. Locksley instead took the New Mexico job in 2009, and rang up a less than stellar 2-26 record before being fired after several unsavory incidents, including the punching of an assistant coach.


West Virginia topped the 11 million mark in all-time attendance at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium when 59,120 fans watched the season opening demolition of Marshall. The current attendance total in the 33rd season of competition at the facility is 11,017,345.

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