You are looking live at my favorite tailgate of the year. There are many in the lots that surround this NFL stadium, but this … I just … it’s splendid. Wine in the cellar!
More style? How about an immense slideshow to preview Maryland’s uniforms. I know these things are big for fans and for recruiting and for retail, and I imagine the players are probably somewhat excited. I just wonder if the Terrapins or the “Moutaineers” really care once the game begins. Now, if Travis Bell gets whipped because he was admiring the symmetry on Deon Long’s gloves, OK, then we can have that conversation.
Pity if Ma Nature rains on this parade, though that may be inevitable. The weather does not look promising here, which creates an
interesting time-consuming conversation before the game. Are coaches mindful of the weather right now and does it affect decisions?
Surely it’s part of choosing which direction an offense goes and what end zone a defense protects because that might loom large for a game-ending field goal. What about other strategy? Are coaches thinking about maybe valuing points and kicking that 21-yard field goal in the first quarter because it might be hard to score later? Or does a coach think about taking that chance on fourth-and-goal from the 4 because, well, it might be hard to score later?
Talk among yourselves. I’ll be in the blog.
Story, aka, The Last Time Shaq Rowell Is Allowed To Talk To The Media.
A total table turning this season. Offense can’t do anything to help this defense.
Negative: Fifth turnover. Positive: Only play longer than 12 yards!
That Sims fumble looked questionable, at worse. And Dana sits on his challenge.
K.J. Dillon would not let the officials deprive him of a fumble recovery.
Add a bad snap there.
The disconnect between Childress and Carswell is concerning. That’s not the second time that’s happened today. And where is Shorts? Again.
Again, don’t dismiss Maryland’s extreme good fortune. There are many examples today and that catch-punt-roll is another. (I’m trying to help you!)
Tackling has been pretty poor though, I guess.
I’m not even sure how the defense is playing. I’ve seen good and bad, but they’ve been put in awful spots. The scoring drives are 24, 34, 62, 42 and 6 yards and the long one was a field goal drive, so at least the defense did something to resist.
And I haven’t said this, partly because it’s obvious, but I don’t want you to think I’m missing it — WVU’s offensive line is getting mauled inside and outside. Weak effort.
O’Toole gets a seat near the heater on the bus ride home. He could have easily panicked on that play, but ended up getting 49 yards on the punt and a third out of SEVEN downed inside the 20.
Forgot to submit that comment before the half, it appears. We’re back now on WVU’s first drive of the second half, one that features a first down. Keg stand!
So the streak did not end. The official stats gave Sims nine yards on that last run. Halftime!
The streak ends on the 20th play after WVU’s previous first down. Sims runs for 10 yards and a 26-minute stretch without ta first down is over.
If Dana doesn’t take a knee…
These are bad plays on the penalties, too. Tonkery was chasing that guy before he pushed him.
Maryland is getting every break. Every one. But that was a gifted play by Cudjoe-Virgil.
Bad news: I’m running out of my space on my primitive score sheet for “12 men on the field” penalties. Also “Mistake plays.”
That was 24-0 at the half and 31-0 in the third quarter.
I’m thinking the last “to-nothing” deficit larger than 23 or 27 points was probably the 2004 bowl loss to … Maryland! I’m efforting.
Never mind. Kansas State led 24-0 last year. So let’s keep an eye on that.
Can’t remember the last time WVU trailed a game 20-0.
WVU trails 20-0. I don’t know how WVU scores 21 points.
And Karl Joseph is the perpetrator today. He does not go high or wrap up. Tinges of Jahmile Addae.
WVU had 14 missed tackles in the first three games. That might get doubled today.
So, a personal foul on Bell and no (mention of an) ejection.
That looks like a hard, clean hit. No ejection and I’d say no flag.
And we’re at 14 plays without a first down. WVU has two and one was the first play of the game.
Four straight three-play drives for WVU — pick six on the third play and three three-and-outs that totaled 17 yards.
Rewind that third-down play. What a disaster.
The fast-moving storm has arrived, so that 17-point lead is not hollow.
Maryland does a lot with its routes when the receivers are loaded up to one side, but WVU has, for now, done a nice job matching up.
Starting to get a 2010 feel to things here with the 12 men on the field penalty.
WVU’s two screens, which I didn’t jinx, you guys, have been slow and have been against the wrong defense.
And ANOTHER break for the Terrapins.
And the best part of that is when Carswell got up and complained to the official … and the official had to tell Carswell the rule.
I’ve never seen a punt returner wave off his teammates, catch the ball and just STAND there.
And take him out, sure? Who’s the fourth-string PR?
Carswell needs to be taught the rules?
Anyhow … the middle linebackers are getting blocked and that’s when they’re not slow to the play. There was a lot of help on the back end of that series, though
That looked just terrible. He’s walking off the field, though. Ankle? Tell me if you hear because … never mind.
Oh no Brandon Golson.
And Cook screaming in from the defensive backfield helps.
They’re going to have to do something to take the onus off the middle linebackers … because right now, it looks like they’re overmatched.
…and here’s where the defense answers questions. The scoreboard is not their fault, but they can’t contribute to 17-0 or 21-0 here.
Danger zone for the Mountaineers…
And Hendy recovered the muffed punt, as well.
Hendy has two career interceptions. Both are pick sixes.
Not a good decision by Childress. Even if it’s complete, the risk is still short of the chains. No need to throw that.
But, seriously, a good play by Hendy.
Eger’s already played center and both guard spots.
And a delay of game out of a timeout. I can’t tell you how hard that is to do.
Barber so far: PBU that could have been an INT, missed tackle that could have been a sack, tip pass that should have been an INT and instead was A TD.
Brown had his choice of receivers open in the end zone, but took the more difficult route across the middle and Barber misses another interception. That’s a recovered muffed punt and two near interceptions plus WVU’s turnover that’s thus far gone in Maryland’s favor.
Officials talk to Long AGAIN after he carries on after a snap. That’s twice already.
Bullet right in the dome there. That’s a terrific punt, a bad decision by Carswell and bad luck, but mostly a bad decision.
Bold decision by Patterson to blitz there and WVU nearly, nearly pays. And WVU dodges a semi-bullet.
Deon Long has had words with WVU defensive backs after just about every single play so far.
Barber misses Brown on the MLB blitz. Expanding part of WVU’s package, but still a hard thing to do.
So far, WVU is putting pressure on the perimeter. See if those guys can get off blocks and tackle. The other side of that coin is it opens the middle and lightens the load in the box.
VT-Marshall putting a dent in The Good and the Bad…
Only one was the return man.
K.J. Myers, Daikiel Shorts, Ivan McCartney, Kevin White and Ronald Carswell were in on that punt.
All that Daryl Worley talk and Avery Williams is your nickelback.
And another bullet dodged. Barber read that from the beginning, but can’t make the (difficult) play and secure the interception.
Bullet dodging is always important and Maryland dodges the first when Diggs muffs a punt and recovers despite Jarrod Harper’s haste.
Captains: Ivan McCartney (!), Darwin Cook, Will Clarke and Pat Eger.
RAIN! WIND! WIND!
If this goes sideways, either way, have some fun with @gfcoyle. He’s a Maryland native and he is oddly passionate about the state flag. I admire his verve.
Something about college coaches in West Virginia and timeouts that just don’t mesh properly.
Maryland’s band is on the field. I don’t necessarily like that WVU’s fans aren’t booing lustily, but I understand. And I still want to see the WVU band rush the damn field today.
I promised you a follow-up to Ford Childress and playaction passes. It wasn’t just me … and I say that fully aware that sometimes I fix my gaze upon something that might not be nothing. But Holgorsen and Shannon Dawson say Childress is above average and is improving because he works at it. Dawsom likes the mechanics — the show and the dip, in particular — and Holgorsen said Childress’ height helps him see what damage the fake has done.
Childress emulates Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. I still have the story in case it’s useful. It was more interesting to explore than I thought, but I ran out of space this week for it.
Dana laughed a lot in that conversation, which means either he’s the rudest guy ever or I’ve vastly underrated Edsall’s personality.
They’re deeply invested in this talk. Lots of back and forth. Body language is riveting. What’s wrong with me?
This is fascinating. They’re laughing. I believe Dana was laughing in response to something Edsall had said. Now Edsall’s laughing.
“That so? Huh. Never had caffeine?”
I’m guessing Dana introduces himself and Edsall goes, “We’ve met. We’ve PLAYED.”
Dana and Edsall are having a long meeting at midfield and I can’t imagine what they’re discussing.
It’s becoming our new 7NA.
And despite earlier notification, Garrett Hope is dressed.
Pretty sure Wes Tonkery is on the field. That helps for depth on defense and for special teams. He’s a 4-for-4 guy. Only he and Rick Rumph play punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return.
Also, Childress warms up with a backward hat. Relax.
Kickers and punters for both teams are taking turns with and into the wind and huddling after to talk things through here. The punters look perplexed.
It looks like Isaiah Bruce, Doug Rigg, Christian Brown and K.J. Dillon all dressed and traveled today. I’ve heard Garrett Hope remains concussed and won’t play, which means more Russell Haughton-James. Watch H-James (89) maul a Panther on the right end here.
Maryland alumni list is underrated. In addition to the athletes, this is a pretty, pretty, pretty good roster: Robert Basham, Bonnie Bernstein, Carl Bernstein, Vicky Bullett, Connie Chung, Larry David, Jon Franklin, Jim and Jane Henson, Tim Kurkjian, King Leatherbury, Aaron McGruder, Robert Parker, Kevin Plank, Giuliana Ransic, Judith Resnick, Jimmy Roberts, David Simon, SVP, Pam Ward, Howard White and Diane West.
I neglected to share WVU’s uniform update: Blue helmets, white jerseys, blue pants. You probably have lots of good memories about that combination.
Stat I Predict Will Matter at Game’s End: Red zone offense.
Maryland is No. 1 nationally. WVU is No. 93. The Terrapins are 12-for-12 with six touchdowns. The Mountaineers are 6-for-8 with four touchdowns, but they’ve seem married to a variety of approaches. They can’t go to Bolivia with Geno and Stedman. They can’t use Tavon on runs or shallow routes across the middle. They can’t use Alston as a battering ram.
The best part about that previous entry is my OTHER friend who works in a NFL front office is going to go, “Wait, I didn’t say that. Wait, he knows two front office guys? Wait, I better text him.”
And from a friend who works in a NFL front office: “Enjoy the blog while you can. WiFi at M&T is a miserable experience.”
“They had dinner and left…We were watching to see if they drank… They had lemonade and water.”
Some fun TFGD already, including one about the Ford Childress being at Hooter’s last night with Clint Trickett and Pat Eger…
I like the midfield shield a lot. It’s not LSU, but it’s not bad.
Not a bad view today, which is extraordinarily rare for an NFL stadium. I’l closer here than I was at USF, Cincinnati, Pitt, the Orange Bowl, the Tire Bowl … really, any pro stadium I can remember.
Hell this is better than Mountaineer Field. IT’s better than the Coliseum.
I know that hour-by-hour says the rain is scheduled to hit by 7 p.m., but I just listened to a report that says the system is moving fast and the wind and the light rain will precede the storm.
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