Maryland won the toss and chose to defer with West Virginia receiving to start the game. After the touchback, Clint Trickett immediately went to Wendell Smallwood on a screen for the first play from scrimmage for a 50 yard gain. Then, a bubble screen to Kevin White for another 9 yards. The Mountaineers were cooking deep in Terps territory and feeding Rushel Shell to batter as many yards as possible. He eventually finds pay dirt.
Noted WVU Football Enthusiast Dana Holgorsen was pleased with the opening Mountaineer drive.
Michael Molinari kicked it for a touchback and the Terps started at their own 25 already down a touchdown. Things did not improve after the snap with Brandon Golson and Noble Nwachukwu sacking CJ Brown. On a long third down, CJ Brown was able to make up for it with a foreshadowing 19 yard run. First and ten....
The pass is tipped and intercepted by Daryl Worley. Great play by nosetackle Christian Brown to get his hands up after the cut block. This put West Virginia in business at the MD 44 with an offense still hot. Shell's conversion on 4th and 1 and Trickett's 19 yard pass to Daikiel Shorts put the Mountaineers in the red zone. However, woes inside the 20 continue for WVU as Mario Alford coughs it up.
Maryland moves the ball to midfield with midrange passes to Albert Reid and Deon Long, but end up punting for a touchback.
The Mountaineers do not mess around this time. Kevin White and Rushel Shell share a balance of reception/rush body blows before Trickett goes for the bomb.
WVU 14-0. Buckets.
The Terps got the ball back before the end of the quarter, but those 15 minutes belonged to the Old Gold and Blue.
West Virginia is feeling it and this game is starting to get out of hand. The Terps come out and give the ball to Stefon Diggs and Brandon Ross who make some plays. Maryland actually had a pretty good drive going, but another penalty deep in WVU territory proves insurmountable and, yet again, they settle for three.
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Alright, so Maryland gets the ball at the half, so we'll come out and stop them and set the tone, right? First damn play back from halftime.
lol jk. 75 yard touchdown run from CJ Brown. Oh, by the way, he's fine.
The good news is that Clint Trickett can still ball and Kevin White is still a monster. (Every time.) On 2nd down, White snatches the ball over two dudes for a 42 yard gain. Daikiel Shorts catches a big 3rd down reception to put West Virginia at the MD 29 and Rushel Shell beats his way for another first down in the red zone. Then... he coughs it up.
The farthest Smallwood gets, however, is the MD 36. The Mountaineers go for it on fourth down and fail to convert. Maryland does nothing with it and is forced to punt. Special teams rears its ugly head yet again.
Jordan Thompson muffs the punt and Maryland recovers at the WVU 8. The Terps get stonewalled by West Virginia's defense again and are held to three.
West Virginia does not respond well and goes three and out. Special teams, again......
That is less than ideal. Both teams go three and out giving the Mountaineers the ball with roughly seven minutes left. Trickett finds White for 35 yards (mandatory) and puts the good guys in field goal range. Dreamius Smith makes a few appearances, but West Virginia can't move the chains. They settle for three.... or at least attempt to. Special teams, y'all.
Maryland gets the ball with four minutes left. Not ideal. AND YET, BASED WVU DEFENSE HOLDS AGAIN. Huge 3rd and 1 stop. Terps punt and down it at the WVU 5 with 2:35 left. The Mountaineers throw the kitchen sink at Maryland. Shell and Buie both came out of the game with injuries, so Dreamius Smith gets a few carries. More supporting cast with Dustin Garrison (UPDATE: HE STILL EXISTS) picking up 13 yards on 3rd and 8. On 2nd down, Trickett finds Daikiel Shorts to move the ball across midfield. Garrison goes for another 10 to put West Virginia into field goal range. WVU eventually ends up with 4th and 1 at the MD 30 with 0:04 left.
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