Perfect start for Mountaineers


MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- This is the West Virginia football team Mountaineers fans had hoped to see.

The offense is making big plays with its speed. The defense is intimidating. And the start of this game has been overpoweringly in the home team's favor.

West Virginia leads 14-0 after three series in this game. The Mountaineers' big plays include a 50-yard Noel Devine run, a 15-yard Tavon Austin catch-and-run and a 39-yard Jock Sanders reception. Austin has both TD catches from Geno Smith.

Meanwhile, the Maryland offense was overwhelmed and out of sync in its first possession. The Terrapins committed four penalties and had to burn a timeout while backing themselves up to their own 3-yard line before punting. The crowd noise bothered quarterback Jamarr Robinson and his teammates near their own end zone. Remember, Maryland has yet to play in a truly hostile environment this season.

West Virginia looks far too fast and athletic for the Terrapins early on.