West Virginia was the latest team to pile on the Terps today and stormed out to a 38-0 lead at halftime. Davis was right at the center of it. His miscommunication with Anthony Nixon allowed Bowling Green wide receiver Roger Lewis (15 catches, 200 yards, two touchdowns) to catch a 58-yard score. Give me the Aggies all day on this one. In between its easy slate and its daunting stretch, however, is an intriguing matchup with Maryland as the teams square off Saturday on the Mountaineers’ home field.West Virginia has defeated Georgia Southern and Liberty by a combined margin of 85-17 this season.
Rowe was far from the only player to underperform in the loss. Smallwood is no small factor because he can beat you on the ground and catching the ball out of the backfield.
The West Virginia-Maryland game recently has been a bellwether of sorts, a sign that the matchup’s victor could be on its way to a strong year. And sometimes, that level of raw talent takes a little harnessing, which is why Edsall pulled Davis aside last week for a one-on-one dinner inside the Gossett Football Team House.
-RB Wes Brown had just one rush against USF, ejected from the game after a first half personal foul “targeting” helmet on helmet hit while making a tackle on an interception. “We knew they played back because they like to play their two safeties deep”. The Mountaineers are cruising with a 44 percent conversion percentage on third down this season.
With the running game clicking on all cylinders, Maryland will need to get that going, and get Rowe comfortable within the offense again. He will be the key to this defense getting back on track. After not giving up a sack in Maryland’s first three games, the Terps’ offensive line looked awfully shaky. Freshman JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) took the win in the net and sophomore midfielder Matthew Ledder (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) scored the game victor. He threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball twice, but luckily the Terps recovered both times.
The No. 25 Georgetown University men’s soccer squad will host the No. 11/13 University of Maryland Terrapins (3-1-3) on Wednesday afternoon at Shaw Field. Averaging 28.1 yards per punt return, the fourth-best mark in FBS. It’s among the list of a diary the Terrapins you are facing a strategy gaming Saturday in Morgantown against West Virginia. Maryland has been pretty inconsistent this season, but I like them to keep this game interesting.
In the rare moments the offense wasn’t overwhelming Maryland, the defense was.