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Game balls: Who performed the best in the Terps first loss of the season?

Maryland may have fallen to West Virginia, but these gentlemen still produced some noteworthy performances.

Patrick Smith

Ed. Note: These are game balls given out by Testudo Times, not the Maryland staff.

Offensive game ball: C.J. Brown

It says something about Maryland's offensive woes Saturday that their much-maligned quarterback is the pretty easy choice here. Brown's passing woes continued on Saturday but he made up for it with his speed and running abilities. The dual threat quarterback accounted for two touchdowns in the 40-37 loss to the Mountaineers, one on the ground and one through the air. Although Brown managed to only throw for 244 yards on 54 percent passing, he ran for 161 yards, including a 75 yard dash where he escaped and outran the West Virginia defense. Brown finally enabled Stefon Diggs on Saturday, letting him fly for a 77 yard touchdown connection.

Defensive game ball: Will Likely

Although Clint Trickett and Kevin White pieced apart the Maryland secondary, Will Likely was all over the place Saturday. He recorded eight tackles including seven solo stops, caught an interception and forced a fumble on defense. There weren't too many bright spots in the Terps' defense this week, as they gave up an astounding 694 total offensive yards.

Special teams game ball: Will Likely

And Likely tacks on another game ball for the trophy case. The entire special teams unit was the bright spot for Maryland in the loss to West Virginia, but the culmination of the special teams came when Likely returned a punt 69 yards to the house in a pivotal point in the game. The punt return knotted the game up at 37 apiece, until the Mountaineers clinched the game with a field goal as the time expired. Maryland's special teams unit blocked a field goal attempt, scored a touchdown (almost two, had it not been for a change on a penalty called), forced a fumble and also sent three of three kicks through the uprights for scores.