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For WVU, a Win is a Win

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In the end, the end is all that matters. For the WVU football team, the end was a win, and another week to claim an undefeated record.

For a few minutes in the second half, it did not appear that the Mountaineers would reach the end they had hoped and had been poised to reach with a strong first half performance.

The first half looked to be getting out of hand for the home Terrapins as WVU built a lead that got to as many as 24 points in the third quarter.

The ground game was experiencing the most success it had seen all season and on the other side of the ball, the defense wasn't allowing anything on the ground. The home crowd sensed a blowout and the visiting Mountaineers fans were taking over the audio levels in the stadium.

Then came the second half, and a team that had shown itself to be better in the final 30 minutes than the first was suddenly the exact opposite. A score on the first drive was all the offense could muster and a ground game got going for the Terps, and there were the red-clad fans regaining the use of their voices and making sure Dana Holgorsen's men didn't forget they were still in their seats.

"It was loud, I couldn't even hear," says running back Vernard Roberts. "It was definitely a noisy game."

Everything that had gone well for WVU in building that 24-point lead had turned. The defense was no longer standing up to the rushing attack and senior running back Davin Meggett was slashing Jeff Casteel's troops, racking up 113 yards. He and D.J. Adams combined for three touchdowns that brought Maryland within three points.

"We kind of sat back and got complacent and figured they wouldn't come out in the second half and try to run the ball," says defensive end Julian Miller. "But they did and they saw success with that and that's something that we've got to work on."

It seemed like if WVU were to stop the Maryland offense, it would need to create a turnover. Two interceptions earlier in the game were nice, but the Mountaineers needed one more.

At the same time, the offense needed to get its act together and sustain a drive long enough to get any sort of points on the board so that Maryland couldn't simply knock through a field goal to tie the game.

As it turned out, both sides of the ball did just that. A score and an interception sealed the game for the road team.

"Everyone was walking around saying, ‘Don't get nervous,'" says offensive lineman Donny Barclay. "We were up at the time. It was just a good test for us. We saw where we were at and we didn't fold at the end and we had a nice drive going at the end. We wanted their best shot."

The message in the locker room was similar to what it had been in weeks one and two. An ugly win is still a win.

"It's always good to come out with a victory, no matter how it is," says quarterback Geno Smith. "We kind of let off the gas. Not intentionally, but I think we came out fired up and we didn't put together four solid quarters."

Do not discount the significance of 3-0, and especially when it was done in an environment like what WVU faced Saturday.

"That's always big," says Goode. "Coach Holgorsen always says a win is a win and he just said don't take any win for granted. This week in the season, Maryland was the biggest team we had to play and that's the biggest win we needed. Coming out in the second half, even though we made some mistakes and they capitalized, we still won the game and that's what we care about."

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