Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.
Facing a team desperate for revenge, with an inexperienced quarterback and under constant downpour, West Virginia was dominated from start to finish in a 37-0 loss to Maryland in Baltimore on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers’ offense stumbled and fumbled its way through the game, committing six turnovers and compiling just 175 yards en route to its first shutout defeat since 2001 against Virginia Tech -- and first loss to Maryland in eight meetings. Head coach Dana Holgorsen summed it up best after the game, saying, “We’re very inept.”
Indeed. The first sign of trouble came when Ronald Carswell botched a punt in the first quarter to set up a six-yard touchdown pass from Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown to tight end Dave Stinebaugh. Moments later, Terps cornerback A.J. Hendy intercepted a Ford Childress pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown.
Maryland continued to pour it on, largely due to a defense that completely stifled WVU’s offense. Terps star Stefon Diggs totaled just two catches for 13 yards, but Childress and the Mountaineers (2-2) never got anything going offensively.
“We didn't compete offensively,” Holgorsen said.
In his second start, Childress looked uncomfortable while completing 11 of 22 passes for just 62 yards – a 2.8-yard-per-pass average -- and throwing two interceptions.
Still, Holgorsen said he won’t be making a move in advance of next week’s game against No. 11 Oklahoma State.
“He's going to be our guy. He will continue to get better and better,” he said.
It gets no easier for the Mountaineers. After hosting the Cowboys, they travel to No. 20 Baylor and then host texas Tech, which is ranked No. 25 in the nation.