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. The 52nd installment of the border-state rivalry was played in front of a sellout crowd of 61,174 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W. Va. And though he threw four touchdowns against South Florida in his first start of the season, Rowe has been plagued by interceptions this season. By that point, the junior had thrown a bootleg score to Elijah Wellman and touchdown passes to Shelton Gibson of 15 and 41 yards.
They’re asking a similar question in West Virginia, where the 2-0 Mountaineers are unbeaten against more of a basic cable schedule than a Direct TV one, in football commercial parlance.
Caleb Rowe will be Maryland’s starting quarterback when the Terrapins take the field Saturday against Michigan in College Park, head coach Randy Edsall said during a teleconference with the media on Sunday afternoon. “We’re forcing turnovers and we’re putting pressure on the quarterback”, he said.
Following Maryland’s loss to Bowling Green, Edsall stated his frustrations with the offense and how it needed to become a more opportunistic unit.
Less than 24 hours after the loss to West Virginia ended, Edsall said he had moved on to preparing for Saturday’s game against Michigan. For the season, he’s completed at least 64% of his passes in each of his first three games while compiling 925 yards through the air with a 9/1 TD/INT ratio.
“I definitely feel like this is a big game, obviously because it’s our first road test”, said Terrapin freshman tight end Avery Edwards.
The Mountaineers’ offense is as destructive as their defense is impenetrable. The mobile quarterback is the team’s second-leading rusher with 75 yards and has been sacked once. “The offensive line, the running backs, the wide receivers all have to be better”.
-CB/PR Will Likely and fellow corner Sean Davis will have their hands full against West Virginia’s quick-hitting attack and the even quicker receivers. “What we are going to have to do is go in and focus on ourselves and do the things that we have to do”.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma’s last 6 games. It was simply run over by the Mountaineers.
While their offense shined in its first two games, averaging 42.5 points per game, those victories came in matchups with a Sun Belt team and a Football Championship Subdivision opponent.
Special teams has contributed to the Terrapins solid start this season. “Personnel wise, I think they’re the best group we have seen so far”. Guys have really worked hard to use good technique.