Maryland actually had more total offense than WVU through the first quarter courtesy of a lopsided time of possession. But the reality is Randy Edsall‘s team came out swinging while WVU looked lethargic (I blame the gray uniforms). Edsall must have also watched a ton of tape from Syracuse’s consecutive wins over the Mountaineers, because his defense got all kinds of pressure on Smith.
Speaking of Smith, he didn’t exactly have another RGIII-ish game from a touchdown/incompletion ration. He was 30-of-43 for 338 yards and three TDs, but got hit a lot — especially in the first half. It didn’t help that WVU had practically no running game (25 carries for 30 yards). Maryland was able to apply the pass rush on Smith all day at will.