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The Terps had lost seven straight to their cross-border rivals, but cruised to victory on Saturday.
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall (right) fist-bumps offensive linesman De'Onte Arnett as he jogs off the field in the first half against West Virginia in Baltimore on Saturday. Maryland won 37-0.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
BALTIMORE - A.J. Hendy scored on a 28-yard interception return and recovered two fumbles as unbeaten Maryland forced six turnovers in a surprisingly easy 37-0 victory over West Virginia on Saturday.
Off to their best start since 2001, the Terrapins (4-0) led 30-0 at halftime after limiting the Mountaineers (2-2) to two first downs and picking off two passes.
C.J. Brown rushed for a touchdown and passed for a score to help Maryland end a seven-game losing streak against its border rivals. It was the Terrapins' most lopsided win in the series since a 54-7 blowout in 1951.
Maryland gets a bye next weekend before opening their final Atlantic Coast Conference season at Florida State.
Brown and the offense played well, but the defense did most of the damage. Not only did Hendy score, but Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil picked off a pass near the West Virginia goal line to set up another touchdown. The Terrapins also recovered four fumbles.
West Virginia finished with 175 yards in offense in its first shutout loss since a 35-0 defeat against Virginia Tech on Oct. 6, 2001.
"They whupped us," Mountaineers defensive lineman Shaq Rowell said. "We didn't even put a point on the board today. It's a disgrace to West Virginia and it will never happen again as long as I am on the team."
The Mountaineers appear to be in full-blown rebuilding mode after losing Geno Smith and Tavon Austin to the NFL. Redshirt freshman Ford Childress was 11 for 22 for 62 yards and two interceptions against the ball-hawking Terrapins.
In the first half, West Virginia compiled a mere 65 yards in offense compared to 61 yards in penalties.
It rained hard in the third quarter, and many of the fans at the home stadium of the Baltimore Ravens decided they'd seen enough. Only a few thousand were in the stands when West Virginia twice lost fumbles inside the Maryland 25.
The lone touchdown of the second half came on a 3-yard run by Brandon Ross with 4:18 remaining.
West Virginia 0 0 0 0 - 0
Maryland 14 16 0 7 - 37
Md-Stinebaugh 6 pass from C.Brown (Craddock kick), 4:41.
Md-Hendy 28 interception return (Craddock kick), 3:53.
Md-FG Craddock 50, 11:06.
Md-FG Craddock 36, 7:08.
Md-FG Craddock 30, 1:35.
Md-C.Brown 1 run (Craddock kick), :18.
Md-B.Ross 3 run (Craddock kick), 4:18.
First downs 6 17
Rushes-yards 25-113 47-113
Passing 62 217
Comp-Att-Int 11-22-2 16-25-0
Return Yards 0 27
Punts-Avg. 8-46.1 5-51.2
Fumbles-Lost 4-4 4-2
Penalties-Yards 7-59 7-39
Time of Possession 21:54 38:06
RUSHING-West Virginia, D.Smith 12-74, Sims 8-35, Smallwood 1-30,
Childress 4-(minus 26). Maryland, B.Ross 20-67, C.Brown 14-26,
Long 1-18, K.Goins 2-9, Diggs 1-5, Reid 4-4, Veii 1-(minus 3),
Team 3-(minus 6), L.Jacobs 1-(minus 7).
PASSING-West Virginia, Childress 11-22-2-62. Maryland,
RECEIVING-West Virginia, Sims 8-33, Carswell 1-12, Clay 1-11,
Smallwood 1-6. Maryland, Long 6-98, L.Jacobs 2-39, B.Ross 2-24,
Culmer 2-21, Diggs 2-13, K.Goins 1-16, Stinebaugh 1-6.
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