COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Backup quarterback Pat White directed
three fourth-quarter touchdown drives, and West Virginia ripped
Maryland's defense for 301 yards rushing in a 31-19 victory
Freshman Jason Gwaltney scored two touchdowns for the
Mountaineers (3-0), who had lost three straight at Maryland (1-2)
since 1997. West Virginia let a 15-point lead dwindle to 21-19
before Gwaltney scored on a 15-yard run with 4:56 left.
The Mountaineers then recovered a fumble by Maryland quarterback
Sam Hollenbach, and Pat McAfee kicked a 40-yard field goal to make
it 31-19 with 2:18 remaining.
White went 3-for-5 for 29 yards, but guided an offense that
amassed 24 points and 144 yards in the final 15 minutes.
White, a redshirt freshman, entered in the third quarter after
starter Adam Bednarik was shaken up on a 5-yard run with the
Mountaineers up 7-6. The drive stalled, but West Virginia received
new life when Maryland's Conrad Bolston was offside on the punt.
The Mountaineers then covered the final 53 yards to go up 14-6.
Darius Reynaud gained 27 yards on a reverse, and Owen Schmitt
capped the march with a 3-yard TD run with 14:52 remaining.
Schmitt had runs of 20 and 34 yards on the Mountaineers' next
series, and Pernell Williams scored from the 1 to make it 21-6.
The lead held up -- barely.
The Terrapins began their comeback with a 73-yard touchdown
throw from Hollenbach to tight end Vernon Davis with 10:22 left.
Davis caught the medium-length pass at the right sideline and
easily outran the Mountaineers to the end zone.
Antonio Lewis fumbled away the kickoff, and Hollenbach converted
the mistake into a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jo Jo Walker. But the
conversion pass failed.
Hollenbach went 20-for-31 for 291 yards. Davis caught five
passes for 158 yards, but the Terrapins could muster only 50 yards
rushing against a defense that entered the game ranked No. 1 in the
nation in yards allowed (128.5).
The Mountaineers led 7-3 at halftime despite accumulating eight
penalties for 59 yards.
Faced with a third-and-10 from his own 3 on the first play of
the second quarter, Bednarik completed a 48-yard pass to Brandon
Myles. It was his only throw on the 15-play drive, which ended on a
1-yard touchdown run by Gwaltney for a 7-0 lead.
Walker returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards to the West
Virginia 36, but the drive fizzled when Hollenbach was stuffed on a
fourth-and-1 from the 27.
Late in the half, a 27-yard completion from Hollenbach to Danny
Melendez set up a 33-yard field goal by Dan Ennis.
Maryland closed to 7-6 in the third quarter when Ennis kicked a
34-yard field goal four plays after the Terrapins converted a
fourth-and-6 from the West Virginia 35. Hollenbach was 3-for-3 for
40 yards on the 45-yard drive.
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