Maryland was down, 14-0, after one quarter of play at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, and their outlook was even worse after a couple of long touchdown passes from Clint Trickett put the Terps down by a 28-6 margin. But a couple of tremendous (and outrageous) plays later, Maryland's very much back in the game.
With a light rain falling throughout, Maryland fell into a deep hole on 44- and 36-yard touchdown strikes from Trickett to stud wideouts Kevin White and Mario Alford.
The afternoon had a bleak look to it, even after C.J. Brown hit Stefon Diggs over the middle for a 77-yard catch-and-run touchdown. The mood in Byrd Stadium didn't truly turn until a completely bananas sequence in which the Terps appeared to recover a loose ball off a WVU punt and dash into the end zone. But Alvin Hill's touchdown was called back upon review, because Will Likely had called for a fair catch and rendered the ball ineligible for further advancement from its recovery (though there was a 15-yard personal foul on the play). The home crowd wasn't jubilant at the review.
No matter, because Caleb Rowe connected with Jacquille Veii on a 26-yard touchdown of Maryland's own shortly thereafter. Rowe was in the game for Brown, who took an ugly headshot and left the game a few plays earlier.
Will Likely had an interception in the quarter, his second forced turnover of the afternoon.
More on Brown's status as it becomes available.