Postgame Notes - Maryland vs. West Virginia
Sept. 20, 2003
* The University of Maryland football team moved to 2-2 (0-1 ACC) on the season with its 34-7 win over West Virginia. The Mountaineers now stand at 1-3 (0-0 Big East).
* The Terrapins have now won three consecutive in the series and now owns a one-game edge in the all-time series (20-19-2). Maryland now leads the all-time series at home, 11-9-1.
* Maryland and West Virginia have split the last 14 meetings (since 1990), but the Terps have come out victorious in four of the last five games.
* With their win tonight, Maryland is now 15-1 at home under Ralph Friedgen.
* The seven points scored by the Mountaineers is the lowest point total in the UM-WVU series since the Terps shutout WVU, 33-0, in 1999. It is also the fifth time since 1960 the Terps limited the Mountaineers to seven points or less.
* Scott McBrien had another strong outing against his former team. The senior signal caller finished the night a season-best 14-of-25 for 220 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 47 yards on four carries.
* Steve Suter's 42 punt return yards made him Maryland's all-time leader in that category. He now owns the record with 922 career punt return yards.
* After being bitten by the injury bug this season, Bruce Perry played in his first complete game of the year. He finished with a season-best and 79 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns. He also recorded his first two-touchdown game since his career-best 276-yard, two-touchdown effort against Wake Forest in 2001 (Sept. 22nd).
* WR Latrez Harrison's four receptions and 88 yards are both season highs. He also posted his first receiving touchdown this season.
* A number of Terps recorded "firsts" against West Virginia. The list is as follows: Rob Abiamiri (first career start); Kevin Eli (first career start); OG Lamar Bryant (first start this season); LB D'Qwell Jackson (first career sack); TB Bruce Perry (first touchdown this season); WR Latrez Harrison (first touchdown pass this season).
* Defensive end Kevin Eli, who earned his first start tonight due to the injury to Scott Smith, is playing like a player who deserves another look. In three games this year, the seldom-used junior has a pair of sacks and had another -- which could have turned the Terps fate against NIU -- called back due to a personal foul.
* Senior tight end Jeff Dugan recorded the most receptions (3) and the most yards (50) in a game since posting a career-high five for 91 yards against Middle Tennessee State as a freshman in 2000.
* Placekicker Nick Novak missed his first field goal attempt of the season in the first quarter of the game, a 52 yard attempt. He is now 9-of-10 on the season. Since making the game-tying kick at Georgia Tech in 2001, he has made 45 of his last 50 attempts with four of his five misses coming from further than 50 yards.
* West Virginia's 120 rushing yards is close to 94 yards below its average heading into the game.
* Maryland's offense came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. The Terps racked up nine first downs in the opening frame to go along with 121 yards behind a balanced attack (59 rush, 62 pass). By comparison, WVU finished the first quarter with just one first down and 28 yards of total offense.
* The Terrapins' dominance in the first half was thorough. From an offensive standpoint, the Terps outgained the Mountaineers 279-58 overall, 118-35 on the ground and 161-23 through the air.
* By holding WVU scoreless through the first three quarters of play, the Maryland defense strung together seven-straight quarters of shutout football. On the season, has now held its opposition scoreless in nine quarters.
* Tonight's attendance was 51,973, the seventh-largest crowd in Byrd Stadium history. The sellout was Maryland's second in as many home games this year and the team's total attendance through two games is 103,567.
* Next week's opponent, Eastern Michigan, lost to Navy, 39-7.