Border Battle

West Virginia's challenges are obvious in turning the tribulations of last year into jubilations this season during Saturday's contest at Maryland.

Missed opportunities and missed assignments - including a pair of dropped interceptions on the Terps' initial drive last season - cost WVU dearly in a 37-0 loss that was among the most shocking of the Dana Holgorsen era. Here, defensive coordinator Tony Gibson details that mess, including multiple miscues and having to continually defend a short field, and previews a Maryland offense struggling with its own turnover issues.

Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson notes that the Mountaineers were quite efficient and effective for the majority of the game against Towson. What was lacking, and Holgorsen noted this as well, was the ability to extend the medium gains into more explosive finishes in the form off added yardage or touchdowns. But Towson, like many other teams, tried to limit WVU by keeping everything in front of it and limiting the big play. Maryland will do much the same, and Dawson said he feels confident that his offense has matured sufficiently to handle more lengthy drives with consistent execution.

And, finally, quarterback Clint Trickett speaks to watching the shutout from the sidelines last season, his expectations from a physical Maryland team with a sizeable defensive line, and the mental approach from himself and the team as a whole.


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