The rain poured down as the points were poured on. WVU's performance was as miserable as the weather in Baltimore. The Mountaineers were defeated by Maryland 37-0.
Defensive linemen Shaq Rowell summed the pitiful performance up quite well.
"We lost on all three sides of the ball," Rowell said. "It's a disgrace to the West Virginia people. They beat the hell out of us," added Rowell. "It's embarrassing."
The Mountaineers took the field on their first offensive possession but we're forced to go three and out. Something the offense would get used to during the first half. Nick O'Toole was able to pin Maryland deep in their territory. The Mountaineer's defense followed suit and forced Maryland to punt the ball as well.
The Mountaineers defense started the game off with heavy pressure on Maryland's quarterback C.J. Brown. Another three and out was forced by the defense but Maryland would regain possession by a special team's error from Ronald Carswell who touched the ball during the punt return. Maryland's A.J. Hendy would cover the muffed punt. Maryland would capitalize on the mistake, Brown completed a tipped pass to tight end Dave Stinebaugh giving Maryland the 7-0 lead.
The Mountaineer's misfortunes didn't stop there. The Mountaineers took over on offense following the Maryland touchdown. Hendy would come up with another big play. Hendy intercepted Ford Childress' pass and returned it for a touchdown. This quick score increased the Terp's lead to 14-0.
The defense for WVU would pick up their first sack on the day, Will Clarke tackled Brown for the loss and forced the Terps to go three and out. However, the offense couldn't compliment the efforts of the defense. The offense struggled once again and was forced to punt it away. Brown was able to lead his team down the field and set up Craddock for a long field goal. Craddock booted the ball through from 50-yards out, giving the Terps a 17-0.
After another stalling drive from the Mountaineer's offense led to the Maryland offense continuing their dominance. Brown got his team into field goal position again, Caddock connected on 36-yard field goal attempt. Maryland increased their lead to 20-0 late in the second quarter.
Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson tried to keep his defense motivated as the game spiraled out of control.
Patterson told his guys "stay positive, play the next play. Let's go make something good happen."
But no good ever came about.
The offense for the Mountaineers could not get anything going, another three out for the Mountaineers. The Terps were more than happy to have the ball back in the hands of Brown for another offensive drive. This time, the Terps would tack on another field goal. Caddock nailed a 30-yarder to make it 23-0.
Childress and the offense would yet again deliver a gift to the Terp's defense. Childress was intercepted deep in WVU territory. The Terps would begin their drive on the West Virginia six-yard-line. Maryland would punch it in the end zone with ease. A quarterback sneak by Brown would pour it on for Maryland. The Mountaineers would face a 30-0 deficit going into half-time. The Mountaineers turned the ball over three times in the first half while Childress only managed to pass for 39-yards in the first two quarters.
A slow start for both teams to begin the second half as WVU and Maryland exchanged punts back and forth to consume most of the third quarter. However, WVU finally found life. The Mountaineer's defense managed to pick-up a fumble. Despite the little spark of life, Charles Sims would turn the ball over on a play were it would appear his knee was down before fumbling the ball. No challenge came from the WVU sideline and the Terps took over on offense.
The defense would get it right back though. Brown fumbled the ball for the Terps, another fumble won by the Mountaineer's defense. However, the Mountaineer's offense mimicked the Terps. Running back Wendall Smallwood coughed up the ball for the Mountaineers; a plethora of turnovers to start the fourth quarter.
Maryland would finally end the turnover spouts, Brown and company marched down the field for another score. Barandon Ross took the ball into the end zone on a 3-yard rushing touchdown. The Terp's piled it on, 37-0.
The Mountaineers managed to find the Maryland side of the field thanks to a big run by Dreamius Smith. Smith led the team in rushing with 74. As a team the Mountaineers only managed to produce 113 rushing yards. While in Maryland's territory, Childress' pitch was bobbled and Maryland took the ball away to end the game. Childress finished the day 11 for 22, a mere 62 yards and two interceptions.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen is looked at as an offensive master mind. However, Holgorsen realizes his offense is very far from mastering anything.
"Offensively, we're inept as we can be in college football," said Holgorsen.
The Mountaineers were shut out for the first time since 2001. The team will look to bounce back against Oklahoma State next week in Morgantown.