WVU Shut Out By Maryland

West Virginia was absolutely dominated by Maryland on Saturday, as the Mountaineers lost 37-0 to the Terrapins.

It was the first time since 2001 that WVU was held scoreless. That was a 35-0 loss against No. 6 Virginia Tech. The Mountaineers finished 3-8 that season.

The West Virginia (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) loss ended a seven-game winning streak in the series to Maryland (4-0, 1-0 ACC).

Quarterback Ford Childress, in his second-ever start, played poorly. He was just 11-of-22 for 62 yards and had two interceptions and a fumble. WVU completed just two passes to a receiver in the game.

WVU's offense had six first downs and six turnovers. It totaled just 179 yards of offense, the worst performance since a 20-14 loss to LSU on Sept. 25, 2010.

The biggest play of the game on offense came with a little more than two minutes left, when running back Dreamius Smith broke open for a 51-yard game. It ended in a turnover by Childress.

The lone positive was West Virginia's defense. It forced two turnovers and held Maryland's star player Stefon Diggs to just 18 total yards.

The first good thing of the game happened late in the third quarter, when safety K.J. Dillon forced and recovered a fumble at the Maryland 26-yard line. On the next play, though, running back Charles Sims fumbled the ball, and the Terps recovered it. It looked as if Sims was down on the play, but Holgorsen decided not to challenge the play.

On the next drive, WVU forced another turnover, as UMD quarterback C.J. Brown fumbled following a nice play by linebacker Brandon Golson. Two players later, running back Wendell Smallwood fumbled to give it back to the Terps.

It all seemed to go that way for West Virginia.

WVU managed just 65 total yards in the first half. It had just two first downs.

After a second stop by the WVU defense to start the game, receiver Ronald Carswell lined up to receive the punt, let it bounce and it hit him. Maryland recovered with great field position. Three plays later, Brown found tight end Dave Stinebaugh over the middle for a six-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

On the next drive, Childress threw an out route to receiver Dakiel Shorts, but cornerback A.J. Hendy jumped the route, picked it off and returned it for a touchdown to make it 14-0 Terps.

Maryland added three field goals to go up 23-0 before WVU completely unraveled. Childress stepped up awkwardly into the pocket deep in his own territory, but his passed was tipped and intercepted by a defensive lineman to set Maryland up to increase its lead. Brown dove into the end zone on a keeper to make it 30-0 at the half.

Maryland running back Brandon Ross capped off a 12-play, 89-yard drive to go up 37-0 in the fourth quarter.

Maryland had 330 yards of offense. Brown was 17-of-26 for 210 yards and one touchdown. He had 26 yards rushing.

WVU punter Nick O'Toole punted eight times for an average of 46.1 yards.


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