First things first, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the outcome of this game. It was apparent from the start that West Virginia showed up to play some serious football today in Morgantown. The 20th ranked Mountaineers beat their visiting rivals from the ACC, the Maryland Terrapins, 31-17 in front of a crowd of over 50,000 fans.
True sophomore quarterback Gino Smith did a fabulous job leading the Mountaineers once again this week as he began the game completing his first 10 pass attempts for 172yds and 3 touchdowns. About half of his opening completions and 2 of his 3 touchdowns were caught by fellow true sophomore and Maryland native, Tavon Austin, who finished the game with a team high 106yds receiving. Smith also spread the ball around to the other Mountaineer receivers including his former Miramar High teammate, Stedman Bailey, with whom he connected on a 26yd touchdown pass.
Kudos and an apology are also in order for the Mountaineer defense that held Maryland scoreless in the first half (sorry that I underestimated you big homies). Maryland quarterback Jamarr Robinson was unable to scramble or get comfortable in the pocket during the first half. With Robinson unable to get loose or find open receivers, the Terrapins’ offense went virtually nowhere and was non-productive. Thus, the halftime score was WVU 21 Maryland 0 and fair weather fans all over the east coast turned their televisions off.
It seemed like the second half would be a replay of the first for the Mountaineers as Smith closed an early 3rd quarter drive by finding Bailey for a 5yd touchdown pass (Bailey’s 2nd on the day). With a 28-0 lead it looked as if the fat lady was warming up when what seemed like out of nowhere, Robinson and the Terrapins’ offense woke up. Robinson was able to hit wide receiver Torrey Smith on touchdown passes of 60 and 80yds. As impresive as those plays were, they only served to make the score look a little better because the hole was to deep for the Terrapins to climb out.
Now the Mountaineers prepare for the much anticipated trip to Baton Rouge, Louisana to take on the 15th ranked LSU Tigers. The Tigers are also 3-0 on the season after beating Mississippi State 29-7 earlier this evening. Hands down the most respected opponent to date and quite possibly of the season, the Tigers should show Mountaineer fans how good their team really is. WVU versus LSU might actually be college football’s “game of the week” next Saturday.
About the Author
Written by Jason Lee
Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, I've been a sports fan probably since I was about 9 years old! A 2002 graduate of Mount Union College (Alliance, OH), I've had the opportunity to cover some great high school football on the radio in both Ohio (working with WHBC in Canton) and in West Virginia (I currently work with Bristol Broadcasting in Charleston). I also keep an on-line journal/blogs on my own website.