WVU takes the field … like a boss. What’s funny about this picture — and you’ll have to squint and trust me — is that the team had just done the Mountaineer Mantrip and is in the middle of the field in black bus attire. The actual boss in in a brownish suit walking by the mob. That’s him, hands in pocket, strolling by above the huddle and only stopping to turn and look when the crowd got loud.
As for the rest of the day, be prepared: I still can’t confirm it, but it appears WVU is debuting its gray uniforms and Maryland will be wearing a white set.
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Wes Tonkery … knock it down. WVU gets first and 10 at its 29 (and a holding penalty on first down) instead of first and 10 at the Maryland 32.
Another reason Geno can’t hold onto the ball: Holding penalty. And McCartney has to come back to catch that pass. Even if he doesn’t get the first down, he keeps the defensive back from making a play on the ball.
Really, every offense in the Big 12 will be asking questions against WVU’s defense. Diggs is a big-time talent, though.
Well, it wasn’t their best day, by far, but the offensive line did very well on that drive.
Demetrius Hartsfield is a bi, bad dude — 6-2, 240. He just got into it with Spain and was diminished.
Hey, third-and-2 and Dana throws. And it works.
Big plays today by Darwin Cooke, and that follows Pat Miller losing his receiver.
Simple formula. Pat Miller screws up a third down play and WVU follows with a sack. Sooner or later one of those sacks is a fumble, yes? Trust the plan.
Also, I just saw a reply and if I didn’t know any better, Geno thought it was second down when he threw it to Buie. And Dana was wearing him out on the sideline.
WVU’s first scoreless quarter of the season.
There’s Buie’s first collision of the season. Clean and free shot as he’s getting tackled by L.A. Goree.
Miller’s sack really derailed Maryland. They had a little thing going where they could at least pose the threat to run or run playaction. The Hills run was supposed to catch them off guard, but didn’t work. WVU caught a break when Maryland couldn’t catch the third-down pass, though WVU defended it with a diving defender.
And there’s Pat Miller. I always liked him!
Pat Miller had a chance to get off the field and blew it. And he’s been flipping with Ish Banks today.
More roster shenanigans: Jared Barber didn’t dress, is on dress list.
And Garrison no-shows on a block and looked a lot like a guy who hasn’t played. That’s now negative rushing yardage for the game.
Donovan Miles didn’t dress, either. The run game might have some excuses … or at least incentive to pass.
Television has this, but no one else in the press box does: Ryan Clarke is out and Alston has a thigh bruise.
Halftime adjustments! Negative. WVU’s running game is 13-carries-for-6-yards good today. The longest rush is six yards.
Randy wants points. Calls a timeout after a seven-yard loss on a screen pass. Twenty seconds left and the Terps have the ball at their 46.
That’s a game-changer, potentially. Edsall wanted a penalty on Bell, for certain.
Edsall is having kitten on the field right now. False start precedes a free shot by Travis Bell on Hills, who still isn’t right more than a minute later now.
Let’s look here: WVU has two timeouts for the final 52 seconds and is ahead 24-14. The Mountaineers also get the ball back to start the second half. It could be 31-14 here soon and the game is a LOT closer than that.
Useful timeout. WVU somehow gets the best player on the field running free onto the end zone for a Tavon touchdown.
And Jenkins isn’t doing too hot today.
Sorry, swap Braun for Jenkins on the line subs.
Yikes! Geno makes a ridiculous throw in traffic to Bailey at the 2, but what’s truly remarkable is Stedman dropped the pass. Timeout WVU with 58 seconds to go.
Braun hurries out and Kindler enters. He’s LT now and Spain moves inside to replace Braun at LG.
WVU takes over at its 39 with 3:10 to go and three timeouts in the bag.
Third-and-7 at the 12, no need for a timeout.
Also, Dana. Timeouts. Let’s watch.
Corey Smith! Another deep punt and Maryland takes over at its 9. Ross fumbles, but the Terrapins recover in the middle of a bunch of bodies. Big break there.
Geno has Dante Campell open sweeping across the middle. Pitch and catch and it’s a first down. Geno instead goes out to Stedman with three defenders around him and it’s incomplete.
And that’s a fine play by Shaq Petteway. He spotted the screen, took out a blocker and assisted on the tackle. That’s a three-and-out.
It took a while, but WVU’s defense realized the second left tackle is actually a tight end and thus runs routes, catches passes and must be covered.
And I’ll say it: Time to revisit the concerns about WVU’s offensive line. It’s not terrible, but it’s not as good as it seemed against Marshall.
Weird play. Geno’s helmet gets ripped off, which is a penalty, but WVU has an offensive lineman inexplicably down the field for an offsetting penalty — and how that happened, I’ll never know. Geno then gets sacked for the first time on the next play and WVU settles for a 37-yard field goal to retake the lead, 17-14.
Fade into Bolivia and Geno takes one in the face. That wasn’t even close to complete.
And there’s Dustin Garrison.
Also, with no Alston and with Garrison in uniform, it’s been interesting to follow Garrison on the sideline. He’s with the rest of the offense as those players follow the action and move down the field so they’re right there to go in.
WVU’s having relatively good success inside against Maryland because Maryland doesn’t want to let WVU do much on the outside.
Whew, big-time throw by Geno as Tavon runs a deep out for 17 yards. Ball swooped into a small space and it keeps WVU on the field.
Still no Alston.
Check that, 181:09.
I’d like to see the play again. WVU’s nose guard had a free path to the QB, but stopped and retreated. I’m guessing because he expected screen. And the receiver had a lot of room in the back of the end zone.
The last time WVU played a game and didn’t lead was 180 minutes, 49 seconds of clock.
Key play? Maryland takes a timeout on third-and-8 at the WVU 12.
Screen game is really doing damage to WVU. Maryland is moving big bodies around to let their little bodies find room.
Beautiful play call by Maryland. Caught WVU in a blitz on third-and-5 and a tight end screen breaks for 29 yards. Too much pressure?
Give Edsall this much: WVU’s offense was on the field for 3:42 and Maryland trails by just a defensive touchdown.
And Geno doesn’t look good. At all. Just a little off on his throws.
And there’s a WVU three-and-out. Three passes. Begs the question: Where is Alston?
Another first-and-10 delay of game by WVU.
McGill stat: Beginning this drive, WVU’s offense has been on the field for 31 seconds in the last 9:15 of the first quarter.
Playaction passes are getting to WVU and that one sucked the linebackers in, which vacated the middle for Diggs. Ish Banks played for Pat Miller on that drive and submitted a less-than-desirable effort to tackle, or even put hands on, Diggs before he got up the rail.
Albert Reid, a former WVU commit, isn’t big at 5-10, 175. But he runs big. He barreled through the line there — and if you’re going to sneak that safety forward, that can happen.
WVU playing into Maryland’s hands and keeping WVU offense on the sideline…
Most interested now to see Doug Rigg’s answer.
And Tavon scores to overtake Doug Rigg.
Wrinkle! Fakes the toss to Tavon on a reverse and Buie slips out for a screen and 31 yards.
Pat Miller on punt block nearly gets his hands on one. They’re getting there, just not getting it.
That’s a win for WVU’s defense there. Third-and-5 and preceded by some disguising and moving and young Hills can’t make the change fast enough. Delay of game.
And silly Doug Rigg keeps Geno Smith off the field!
Doug Rigg has as many touchdowns as Tavon Austin.
An absolutely perfectly timed blitz by Darwin Cook. He hits Hills before he can get the handoff to Brandon Ross. The ball flies out and, of course, Doug Rigg scoops it up on the run and returns it 48 yards for a touchdown.
I asked Cook last week why he and Rigg always seem to be together for a big play — Orange Bowl fumble, last week’s fourth-down stop. “I try to steal his shine.”
… and it’s a 13-yard gain. WVU sent some pressure, but Dorsey ran to the sticks. Good, simple play by Hills.
Line change! WVU subs five players for third-and-10.
Crowd reacts vociferously to Brick Tamland and WVU’s defense gets a stop for no game. There are no coincidences!
So Maryland’s defense won that series. Geno was hit twice and Maryland blew up a screen to Thompson. Smith then looked a little unsettled in the pocket and missed long on third down.
Smith’s punt was a boomer, though. Terps take over at their 22.
WVU motions second receiver left to right and Maryland leaves Stedman alone on the left side against a cornerback. Geno sees it and changes the play and goes to Bailey for a first down.
Following the premise for F Double, WVU gets the ball 93 seconds in…
Maryland’s 13th three-and-out of the season and the seventh in the last four-plus quarters.
And it was a total mishit. Went corkscrewing out of bounds on the left side.
Corey Smith gets going early. Neat to see. Kickoff out of bounds by WVU’s … embattled? … embattled punter. Maryland’s offense gets the ball at the 35 (new rule).
Maryland had a little pregame mind game. A player was carrying an American flag as the team ran out onto the field. How do you boo that?
WVU wore gold uniforms in 1978 and white helmets in 1979. Today is just the third time since Don Nehlen arrived in 1980 that WVU has deviated from the blue helmet with the Flying WV. WVU wore the Pro Combat set for Pitt and the bowl in 2010 and has a gray lid today.
Maryland’s uniform people must have had a good offseason, because some of their combinations looked just terrible last year.
Also … not a fan of the gray look. I’m trying to get Hertz going by talking up the new look, but the more I do and the more he hammers away with his points, the more I realize I really don’t like gray.
Random Amanda Mazey note for the fans out there: She used to babysit Mike Hamrick’s kids. It was good for the state.
I … I’m sorry, but I like the all white look.
I’m staring at Maryland’s uniforms and I keep thinking “Storm Troopers.” Chuck McGill said the helmet has a logo with “no discernible design.”
Maryland’s student radio booth crew JUST showed up in the press box. They report that their booth is empty. Also, no less than four NFL teams in attendance. Dolphins, Panthers, Redskins and Steelers.
The purpose of all this? We sent our second edition to the press earlier this month. Obviously, a lot happened between the end of the 2011 season and the beginning of the 2012 season. We added 20 or so new pages and refreshed content and added quotes and anecdotes to the previous text. Keep your eyes open. It’s coming soon.
I marketed the book audaciously and aggressively, taking my show on the road to all corners of the state and beyond. I was lucky to have great friends help me through it.
Friends came out of the woodwork once the book was released and Joe Mazzulla did a very nice thing and left me a voice mail I will forever cherish.
Mike Gansey is a many of many abilities, but even I was impressed that he was able to get a hold of my book before the public. He was even kind enough to send me a scouting report.
New of my book excited many, but there were some who were not as enthused.
Anyhow, the story, among other things, builds toward this season. In many ways, it builds toward this game. I’d like to think of today as the end of beginning — hence today’s title. WVU gets out today 3-0 and then stares directly at the Big 12 schedule and every opportunity this season affords.
And with this “conclusion” this afternoon comes plenty of apprehension. I understand and can appreciate that. Baylor looked dicey last night and Baylor is not close to the best WVU will see the rest of the way. The Bears are merely first. But let’s trace back to the beginning and enjoy the day, shall we?
For the new viewers, or those who haven’t been around a long, long time, today is the second day of the fall. I wrote a book called “Waiting for the Fall.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it. http://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Fall-Virginia-University-Football/dp/0985200901
Captains are Tavon, Garvin, Braun and Jorge Wright. Not for nothing, Tavon and Garvin are from Baltimore and Braun is from nearby Westminster, Md. Jorge is from Miami, but I’m sure he’s fond of Maryland.
Gray pants, but the way. I think this gray is dark enough to not blend in with the Maryland white.
Dress list today features Dustin Garrison. To revisit the chat. I was told Wednesday night he’d practiced Tuesday and Wednesday and did darn near everything everyone else did.
Now the question is “Will be play?”
Not dressed: Avery Williams and Matt Moro are the only notable omissions. They’re both 0-for-3 now. If you’re interested, Jewone Snow and Terrell Chestnut are both dressed. Ditto Christian Brown.
Confirmation! Gray tops … with gold bottoms? These are the non-dressers, so don’t take gold shorts for gospel. But maybe? And I hope not. It’s not good.
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