Understanding The WVU - Maryland Rivalry

Mountain State native Cody Clay said one of West Virginia's mental struggles against Maryland last season was its fundmamental misunderstanding of the rivalry - and that it even was one. That, combined with the 37-0 defeat, has infused this year's team with the jolting motivation perhaps badly needed.

Clay, an Alum Creek product, said that the entire contest last year just snowballed. "We were thinking about the Big 12 games and we got a little over our head," Clay said. "We threw a pick six and we were down a touchdown at that point. It kept getting worse and worse. I'd say we are a lot more mentally tough. That kind of was our whole season, it snowballing and snowballing." Here, the B-back also speaks to Maryland's size, adjusting to any schematic change-ups for foes and how WVU could attack this weekend.

Offensive line coach Ron Crook, from Parkersburg, delved into trench play, how West Virginia's reserves performed against Towson, the grade out of 90-plus percent for some starters, facing a 300-plus pound nose guard and the ability for Maryland to push up the field and collapse the pocket. The Mountaineers, Crook said, must play with low pad level, and technique will again be paramount in winning the battles up front.

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