West Virginia gets job done

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- There were some surprisingly anxious moments for West Virginia in the second half after the Mountaineers raced out to an 28-14 lead.

Two long passes to Torrey Smith allowed Maryland to cut the lead in half, and the Terrapins had the ball deep in West Virginia territory with a chance to get within seven.

In the end, though, the Mountaineers held on for the 31-17 victory. All in all, it was a solid performance, with a few second-half hiccups that will need to be addressed this week in practice. There's also an injury concern with starting guard Josh Jenkins standing on the sidelines in street clothes for the second half.

But West Virginia notched the first win by the Big East over a BCS auto-bid conference team this season. And with UConn going down at Temple, the Mountaineers have given the league a bright spot in an otherwise dismal first half.