Sat 9/21 3:30 PM ET
M&T Bank Stadium
Ga. State 41-7 W
UConn 32-21 W
Series: WVU 26-21-2
First Meeting: 1919
Last Meeting: 2012
Maryland has gained more than 500 yards of total offense in each of its three games this year. What other two FBS squads have matched that achievement in 2013?
Including defensive back Dexter McDougle's two interceptions against the Huskies, Maryland now has six interceptions on the year. Last year, the Terp secondary picked off just four passes all season.
WVU wide receiver K.J. Myers isn't the first (or second) name to pop up when most Mountaineer fans discuss the pass-catching corps, but he has been quite solid to date. The outside receiver has nine catches for 94 yards on the season, and is also likely the unit's best blocker. Whether or not he regains a starting job isn't really relevant to his contributions – he blocks very well and has been reliable when he is targeted in the passing game. He's not likely to blow by defenders, but he can move the chains in a variety of ways.
WVU running back Charles Sims has 56 touches in three games this year – an average of 18.6 per game. Is that enough?
At times, head coach Dana Holgorsen has opined on both sides of that question. He has correctly noted that West Virginia has a number of running backs that can produce, and that he doesn't want to wear down Sims (or anyone) over the course of the season. However, he has also stated that the Mountaineer brain trust needs to figure out more ways to get him the ball.
Holgorsen can be excused for appearing to waffle, because both statements can be supported. There's no sense in feeding him the ball 35 times per game and having him worn down to a nub smaller than Andy Dufresne's rock hammer by November. However, if the Mountaineers are going to compete for a bowl bid, Sims is going to have to be more involved. Is 25 times realistic?
We're all prone to the occasional typo, but this one has some meaning. Maryland's official game notes contain the following:
"The University of Maryland football team renews its boarder rivalry with West Virginia at 3:32 p.m. on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md."
So, West Virginia has been staying with Maryland recently? How much have the Terps been charging? Maybe that's how they plan to cover their sizable athletic deficit?
Maryland has never scored a defensive extra point in the history of the program. West Virginia's most recent score in that play phase came in 1994, when Matt Taffoni picked off a Pitt pass and returned it to the far end zone.
West Virginia has won five games in a row in stadiums that house a pro football team, but it did lose its last game in a professional venue. That loss came in Yankee Stadium, where the Pinstripe Bowl was held. West Virginia's performance was uglier than the weather and as desultory as the management of the entire bowl week.
One team, Oregon, should have been fairly easy to guess. The other – much tougher — answer is California.
This year marks the first time in 30 years that a Terrapin squad has racked up 500 yards in three consecutive games.