West Virginia hung on to beat Maryland 37-31, but the win was not without its share of scary moments for Mountaineers fans.
After jumping to a 34-10 lead in the third quarter, it appeared the Mountaineers would cruise. They were doing whatever they wanted on offense, and did not punt for the first time in the game until the 6:22 mark of the third quarter. But Maryland chipped away at the lead on the West Virginia prevent defense, having particular success running up the middle.
The Terrapins closed the gap to 34-31 with 10 minutes to go on a 2-point conversion. But Geno Smith capped off his unbelievable day with an answering drive, leading West Virginia to a field goal to go up 37-31. Eain Smith sealed it with an interception, and now West Virginia can start thinking about LSU.
Though the offense was not as efficient in the second half as it was in the first, you saw the reason why expectations are so high for this Mountaineers team under Dana Holgorsen. Smith threw for a career-best 388 yards, completing 36 of 49. At times, he made things look easy as he picked apart the Maryland defense.
The Mountaineers had three receivers go over 100 yards -- Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney. In fact, WVU had as many receivers with 100-yard games as it had during the entire 2010 season. That is what Holgorsen brings to West Virginia.
After creating no turnovers in the first two games, West Virginia got three -- including an interception return for a touchdown. The Mountaineers also gave the ball away three times, an area that has to be cleaned up against the Tigers.
The offensive line also played its best game of the season. It is going to have to play even better next week against an LSU defensive line that is ferocious. Looking forward to the build-up to that game!