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By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
September 22, 2012 08:00 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia faces Maryland in the final non-conference game of the regular season for the Mountaineers. The Terps bring a 2-1 record into today’s game, having defeated William & Mary and Temple and falling to Connecticut last weekend in College Park.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall is no stranger to Morgantown, having played at old Mountaineer Field when he played at Syracuse and also coaching here when he was leading the Connecticut program. Edsall is 1-7 overall against the Mountaineers with his lone victory over WVU coming in 2010 in overtime, 16-13.

Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen boosted his career record to 12-3 with last Saturday’s win over James Madison in Washington, D.C., and he also owns a victory over Edsall and Maryland last year in College Park, 37-31.

Prior to Saturday’s game, the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven new members, including: Katie Barnes (women’s soccer), Dan Cavanaugh (men's swimming), Ben Dunkerley (football), Bo Orlando (football), Ed Pastilong (administration/football), Lee Patrone (men's basketball) and Maurice Robinson (men's basketball).

Kickoff is set for noon and the game will be televised nationally on FX. The Mountaineer Sports Network’s coverage begins with The Mountaineers Today at 11:30 pm. Sirius Satellite radio listeners can access the game broadcast on Sirius channel 94 and XM channel 190; live coverage is also available on the Internet through WVUsports.com.

Here is today’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – TEN true freshmen have seen action for the Mountaineers so far this season: Christian Brown, John DePalma, K.J. Dillon, Korey Harris, Garrett Hope, Karl Joseph, Eric Kinsey, Nana Kyeremeh, Ricky Rumph and Jordan Thompson.

9 – West Virginia has won NINE of 17 games against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference since 2002, including six of its last eight against ACC foes.

8 – West Virginia is currently ranked EIGHTH this week by AP – the 80th time in school history the Mountaineers have spent a week in college football’s top 10.

7 – West Virginia has produced SEVEN 375-yard-plus passing performances in the last two seasons, including a 388-yard effort against Maryland last year in College Park.

6 – The Mountaineers have won SIX straight games in the series dating back to a 41-7 loss to Maryland in the 2004 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

5 – Maryland represents the FIFTH-most frequently played opponent in Mountaineer football history, trailing only Pitt, Penn State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.

4 – West Virginia has won FOUR straight non-conference games and owns a 49-19 non-conference record since 2000.

3 – WVU has had THREE 100-yard receiving performances in the first two games of the season: Stedman Bailey (173 vs. James Madison), Tavon Austin (113 vs. Marshall) and Bailey (104 vs. Marshall).

2 – The Mountaineers enter this weekend’s action with the nation’s SECOND-ranked passing offense, averaging 386 yards per game.

1 – Geno Smith ranks FIRST nationally in points responsible for while Stedman Bailey is tops nationally in receiving yards and receptions per game.

Enjoy today’s game and be sure to stop back afterward for complete postgame coverage.

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