For seven consecutive years, the University of Maryland football team suffered through defeat after defeat to West Virginia University. Finally, after all those years, Maryland took its seven years of frustration out on the Mountaineers, Saturday, crushing WVU 37-0.
It was Maryland’s defense that set the tone early, allowing just two first downs during the opening half as well as picking off two Ford Childress passes. AJ Henry returned one of those two interceptions for a first half touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as well.
On a soggy Saturday, West Virginia turned the ball over six times, and each time the Terrapins made the Mountaineers pay, converting the turnover into points.
Maryland’s offense was extremely optimistic taking advantage of the great field position, and subsequently scoring 30 first half points. C.J. Brown led the offense throwing for 210 yards and a touchdown, doing just what the team needed consistently moving the chains. Wide receiver Deon Long caught six of Brown’s passes for a game high 98 yards. Brown later added another score on the ground, where he had 26 yards on the day.
Kicker Brad Craddock knocked home three field goals including a 50 yarder in the first half.
Maryland (4-0) is now off to its best start since 2001, and will enter the bye week before opening their last season in the Atlantic Coach Conference. Maryland earned votes in both the USA Today Coach’s and Associated Press Polls for the first time in a long while, and will begin ACC play with high expectations. Maryland will return to play October 5th against the number eight ranked Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee, Florida.