Recap: Maryland vs. West Virginia
College Park, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Lambert booted a 47-yard field goal as time expired to lift the West Virginia Mountaineers to a thrilling, 40-37 win over the Maryland Terrapins in a non-conference shootout at Byrd Stadium.
Clint Trickett threw for 511 yards and four touchdowns to help the Mountaineers (2-1) exact revenge from last year's 37-0 trouncing at the hands of the Terrapins in Baltimore. Kevin White had 13 catches for 216 yards and a score, while Mario Alford finished with 131 yards and two TDs on 11 catches. Rushel Shell headlined WVU's ground game with 98 hard-fought yards and a TD on 27 carries.
C.J. Brown threw for 241 yards with one touchdown and one interception Terrapins (2-1), and he also rushed for a game-high 161 yards and a score in a losing effort. Stefon Diggs tallied five catches for 127 yards and a TD.
West Virginia jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter, as Shell capped the game's opening drive with a one-yard run and Trickett closed out the frame with a 43-yard scoring strike to Alford.
Trickett threw two more long touchdowns in the second quarter; a 44-yarder to White at the 11:51 mark and a 36-yarder to Alford with 6:09 to play in the half. The latter TD gave WVU a 28-6 lead after Terps kicker Brad Craddock converted field goals of 46 and 41 yards earlier in the frame.
Maryland finally found the end zone on the very next play from scrimmage following Trickett's second TD pass to Alford, as Brown tossed a 77-yard scoring strike to Diggs with 5:52 remaining in the half. The Terps trimmed the margin to 28-20 on Caleb Rowe's 26-yard touchdown pass to Jacquille Veii with 40 seconds to play until halftime.
On the first play of the second half, Brown kept the ball on an option and raced past the WVU defense for a 75-yard touchdown to make it a 28-27 game.
The Mountaineers special teams came up with a key play midway through the third quarter as Jarrod Harper blocked a punt, and the ball squirted out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Later in the third quarter, WVU extended its lead to 37-27 on an 11-yard TD pass from Trickett to Daikiel Shorts.
However, Maryland came charging back in the fourth quarter. Craddock cut the deficit to 37-30 on a 30-yard field goal with 11:14 to play. After the Terps defense forced a three and out on the ensuing series, William Likely returned the punt 69 yards to the end zone to tie the score, 37-37.
With the score still knotted at 37 apiece, Maryland's special teams came up with a blocked field goal with 4:15 remaining. But the Mountaineers got the ball back once more and drove 65 yards on 13 plays in the final minutes, setting up Lambert's game winner as time expired.
The two teams combined for a total of 1,141 yards from scrimmage, although WVU ran 108 plays compared to Maryland's 65.Game Notes