WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Byrd Stadium (54,000/FieldTurf)
College Park, Md.
ESPNU — Rob Stone and Danny Kanell
West Virginia Radio
WAJR-AM 1440 (flagship)
West Virginia and Maryland meet for the 58th time Saturday in a series that dates to 1919 … West Virginia holds a 24-21-2 series lead and has won five straight against the Terps … The schools met every year from 1980-2007 before a two-year hiatus in the rivalry … Mountaineer QB Geno Smith threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns in last year’s 31-17 win in Morgantown, W.Va.
18/20 WEST VIRGINIA (2-0)
Dana Holgorsen (Iowa Wesleyan ’93)
2-0, first season
West Virginia is 2-0 for the third straight year after the Mountaineers took a 55-12 win against Norfolk State at Milan Puskar Stadium … West Virginia opened with a 34-13 win against Marshall and takes to the road for the first time in 2011 … West Virginia is 21-2 at home and 7-8 on the road since 2008 … The Mountaineers have scored 86 of their 89 points after the first quarter this season … West Virginia has allowed only three second-half points … QB Geno Smith is averaging 310.0 yards per game and leads the BIG EAST in passing yards, total offense and pass efficiency rating (170.8) … Smith has completed 46 of 69 passes for 620 yards and six touchdowns without an interception … Four receivers have between seven and nine catches and between 110 and 151 yards … Six different players have at least one touchdown reception … The Mountaineers have averaged 72.0 rushing yards per game … WR Tavon Austin is the national leader in kickoff returns (48.0 yards per return) … The Mountaineers have registered just one sack, but lead the BIG EAST in pass efficiency defense (175.0) … West Virginia is the only BIG EAST team that has not allowed a touchdown pass … DB Darwin Cook has a team-high 15 tackles.
rv/rv MARYLAND (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
Randy Edsall (Syracuse ’80)
1-0, first year at Maryland
75-70, 13th season as collegiate head coach
Maryland is off to a 1-0 start under new head coach Randy Edsall — the former Connecticut coach and 2010 BIG EAST Coach of the Year — who led the Terrapins to a 32-24 win against Miami (Fla.) on Labor Day … The Terps scored 32 points despite scoring just one offensive touchdown … The Terps had a bye in Week 2 … The game against West Virginia is the second in a string of four straight home games to open the season … The Terps were 9-4 last season and defeated East Carolina 51-20 in the Military Bowl … QB Danny O’Brien, who came off the bench and didn’t attempt a pass in last year’s game against West Virginia, was the 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year after he threw for 2,438 yards and 22 touchdowns with eight interceptions last season … O’Brien completed 31 of 44 passes for 348 yards and a touchdown against Miami in the season-opener … WR Kevin Dorsey had eight catches for 124 yards, while RB Davin Meggett had 92 rushing yards on 21 carries against the Hurricanes … LB Darin Drakeford had 14 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against Miami … LB Kenny Tate — a 2010 All-ACC First Team pick — had 11 tackles and an interception.