BALTIMORE, Md. (CBSDC) – Heading into Saturday’s game between Maryland and West Virginia, a lot of the talk in the media was whether Maryland could end their seven-game losing streak against the Mountaineers after their secondary suffered a major loss.
Maryland, now 4-0, responded with an emphatic ‘yes’ with the 37-0 victory.
“The thing I liked today, it was a total team effort,” said coach Randy Edsall.
While the Maryland offense couldn’t get anything consistently going, the defense was up to the task. The Terps managed to force six turnovers, including one interception returned for a touchdown, in sloppy conditions in Baltimore.
Maryland managed to out-gain the Mountaineers 330-175, but 51 of those yards came late in the fourth quarter on a Dreamius Smith run.
“We wanted to stop the run, and we did a good job of that until the end,” said Edsall.
The six turnovers the defense forced matched the same number of first downs they surrendered to West Virginia. An impressive feat given how the Mountaineers had thrashed Maryland in their recent meetings.
“I’m just a firm believer that we can be a very good football team this year,” said Edsall on his team.
Maryland won all their non-conference games to start the year 4-0 and get a week off before heading down to Tallahassee for their biggest game of the young season versus Florida State. The Seminoles have a game against Boston College next week, and should be 4-0 as well heading into the game, as well as being ranked in the top-10 (currently #8).
“It’s a great feeling any time you are winning and are 4-0,” said Maryland QB C.J. Brown, “we are going into a bye week, and that’s good for us, just get guys healed up and just an extra week to prepare for Florida State.”
The week to prepare for Florida State will be huge in trying to shut down QB Jameis Winston, but the team will take some time to celebrate their win over a rival, especially won they struggled against for the last seven years.
“That isn’t what Maryland football is all about any more. We went out there to represent our state and our school,” said Maryland LB L.A. Goree about the consecutive losses to West Virginia.
At the end of the day, Maryland and West Virginia are two programs trending in different directions. Maryland is 4-0 and defeating teams with an average margin of victory of 29.5 points. West Virginia is 2-2, but has yet to defeat a FBS team and have combined for seven points in their two FBS games.
Coach Edsall knows he has a good team this year, and while he thinks the team can improve, he made a pretty great, albeit simplistic point.
“We are a third of the way through our year and we are 4-0, we can’t be any better than that.”
– K Brad Craddock connected on all three of his field goal attempts and all four of his extra points. His parents were in town to watch him play from Australia. He noted he had never kicked the ball in the rain before. Not a bad day.
– The six turnovers Maryland forced were the most since 2001 in a game versus Georgia Tech (via @D1scourse).
– The 37-0 victory for Maryland was their largest margin against the Mountaineers since 1951 when the Terps won 54-7.
– Both Deon Long and Stefon Diggs missed snaps today due to injury. Long missed time thanks to a hit he took to his back, while Diggs missed time thanks to a hit he took to his shoulder. Both should be on the injury report this week, but both went back in the game and should be fine for Florida State.
– WR Stefon Diggs was held without a catch until the third quarter and finished with two catches for 13 yards and one rush for five yards. He also muffed a punt early in the first quarter and was taken off punt return duty.
– DB A.J. Hendy had his second career interception on Saturday. Both of his career interceptions have now gone for touchdowns.