No. 8 West Virginia Outlasts Maryland, 31-21

Sept. 22, 2012

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Freshman Perry Hills threw for a season-high 305 yards and three touchdowns, two to freshman Stefon Diggs, but Maryland fell to No. 8 West Virginia 31-21 on Saturday.

Maryland held the high-powered offense of West Virginia, which came in averaging 55.5 points per game and 612 yards per game, mostly in check.

Fourteen of the Mountaineers points came off Terrapin turnovers, including a 51-yard fumble return TD by Doug Rigg early in the first quarter. The Terps allowed 363 yards of total offense, had nine tackles for loss and allowed just 25 rushing yards on 25 attempts.

West Virginia's Geno Smith threw three touchdown passes to Tavon Austin, who had 13 catches for 179 yards. Austin and Diggs were the all-purpose stars of the game - Austin finished with 225 all-purpose yards and Diggs had 201.

Hills completed 20 of 29 passes with Diggs, Marcus Leak and Matt Furstenburg as his main targets. Diggs totaled 113 receiving yards, Leak had 69 and Furstenburg had 65.

After trailing 14-0 early on, Hills threw in the flat to Diggs, who raced down the sideline 42 yards and leaped into the end zone for the score with 1:54 left in the first quarter. The Terps tied it on a 12-yard TD pass from Hills to Leak with 12:16 left in the second quarter.

West Virginia, though, scored the game's next 17 points to take a 31-14 lead. Hills capped the scoring on a 56-yard touchdown pass to Diggs with 7:25 left, but Maryland was unable to get any closer.