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Maryland Routs West Virginia 37-0, Improves to 4-0

For the first time since 2004, Maryland defeated West Virginia and improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2001.

Rob Carr

The Maryland Terrapins defeated the West Virginia 37-0 on Saturday, ending a seven game losing streak against the Mountaineers. The win moves the Terps to 4-0 on the season, their best start since 2001, when they went on to win the ACC and play in the Orange Bowl.

The Terps' defense was the driving force in the victory, forcing six West Virginia turnovers while limiting the Mountaineers to just 175 yards of offense. Maryland also held the West Virginia offense to just six first downs in the game.

Maryland's offense struggled throughout the game, seeming to have trouble getting into sync during the first half. The most complete drive they put together came in the 4th quarter when they went 89 yards on 12 plays and scored the game's final touchdown. Quarterback C.J. Brown finished 16/25 for 217 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a touchdown. Star receiver Stefon Diggs was held to just two receptions and 13 yards, but exited the game at one point with what appeared to be an injury. He later reentered the game on Maryland's next drive. Deon Long led Maryland with 6 receptions for 98 yards. Brandon Ross rushed for 67 yards on 20 carries and also scored a touchdown late in the 4th quarter.

The Terps are on the verge of blowing this game open in the first half behind another dominating performance by Maryland's defense. Maryland held the Mountaineers to just 65 total yards of offense and two first downs in the half, while forcing three turnovers, two of which resulted in Maryland touchdowns. The Terps' defensive line has been absolutely dominant, quickly bringing down players on running plays and holding WVU to just 2.4 yards per carry.

West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress had a rough day, completing just 11 passes for 62 yards while throwing two interceptions. Childress has also tossed a few other balls that could have been intercepted but were dropped by Maryland and tried to lateral a ball backward that was picked off by Maryland.

The win moves Maryland to 4-0 on the season and ends a seven game losing streak to the Mountaineers. Maryland's last win against West Virginia came on January 1, 2004 in the Gator Bowl when they won 41-7.