Countdown to Kickoff

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By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
September 21, 2013 09:42 AM
BALTIMORE – West Virginia and Maryland resume a long-standing football series when the two teams will meet at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Saturday afternoon.

The meeting will be the 50th between the two schools and the fourth in a row since a two-year hiatus in 2008-09. West Virginia leads the series by a 26-21-2 count, including a 12-11-1 record in road games against the Terps.

Saturday’s game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPNU (Anish Shroff and Kelly Stouffer).

The Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi, Dwight Wallace and Jed Drenning) will provide radio coverage on stations throughout West Virginia, as well as on the Internet through the CBS College Sports Network.

Here is Saturday’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – Five of West Virginia’s last seven wins against Maryland have been by a margin of more than TEN points, including last year’s 31-21 victory in Morgantown.

9 – West Virginia’s 86 victories over the last NINE years is the 12th-most in college football.

8 – The Mountaineers rank EIGHTH nationally in pass defense this week giving up and average of 136.7 yards per game through the air.

7 – West Virginia has won SEVEN in a row against Maryland since last losing to the Terps 41-7 in the 2004 Gator Bowl at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville.

6 – Dana Holgorsen’s offense has produced 50 or more points SIX times during his stay in Morgantown.

5 – Maryland ranks FIFTH in the fewest penalties, committing just seven in its first three games of the season against Florida International, Old Dominion and Connecticut.

4 – West Virginia’s defense has allowed FOUR runs of 32 yards or longer so far this season, including a 65-yard touchdown run in last week’s game against Georgia State.

3 – West Virginia has THREE scoring plays of 45 yards or longer: Dreamius Smith 75-yard TD run against Oklahoma, Ronald Carswell 69-yard TD catch against William & Mary and Ivan McCartney’s 45-yard TD catch against Georgia State.

2 – Maryland’s offense has already exceeded 40 points in a game TWICE so far this year: 43 points against Florida International and 47 points against Old Dominion.

1 – Freshman quarterback Ford Childress is making his FIRST career road start. Last week, Childress completed 25-of-41 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns in his college debut against Georgia State.

Enjoy the game and be sure to stop back afterward for complete postgame coverage.

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West Virginia University Mountaineers, Maryland Terrapins, NCAA college football


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