The Mountaineers ripped Maryland to go 3-0. What did the coaching staff and Skyler Howard take from the performance?

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia rolled to 601 yards of total offense including an incredible balance of 304 rush yards to 297 via the air. Despite that, the take from assistant coaches JaJuan Seider and Lonnie Galloway and quarterback Skyler Howard remained measured in the face of an incredibly challenging October schedule.

Skyler Howard completed 21 of 33 passes for 294 yards, four scores and his first career interception at the major college level. The Mountaineer offense ran over, around and through Maruland, then did the same in the passing game in racking up absurd numbers in every facet. But as the players and coaches are well aware, the season begin now. Four top 20 teams, starting with the No. 14 Sooners this weekend, await West Virginia over the next month in as grueling a slate as any team will face. Check Howard's coments, above, to see the focus heading into the Big 12 opener, and what he liked, and didn't, about the pasting of Maryland to put a seal on the series until 2020.

Then Seider, below, speaks to the Mountaineers' ground game, specifically the punishing running style of Rushel Shell, who seemed better able to take advantage of his north-south strengths by making one-cut runs and attacking the holes provided by a solid front. Shell amassed 77 yards on 15 carries and a single touchdown on a fantastic second-effort play on third and goal from th two-yard line. Seider also detailed the perfomance of Wendell Smallwood, who ran for a career-high 147 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown while again showcashing his quickness, cutability and burst - all of which will be imperative against a stout Oklahoma defense.

Andd finally, Lonnie Galloway discusses the passing game, the play of Shelton Gibson, the ball distribution within the system and playing Tony Gibson's defense daily in practice. Galloway also notes the improvements made, and what needs to happen for WVU to continue to excel against far better defenses.

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