COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after defeating the Maryland Terrapins 37-31 at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

West Virginia Vs. Maryland Final Score: Terps Can't Protect House, 37-31

Maryland put up a late fight, but Geno Smith was just too much for the Terps.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Final Score: Mountaineers Escape With 37-31 Win

West Virginia fans couldn't really begin to breathe easily until Eain Smith picked off Danny O'Brien for the Maryland quarterback's third interception of the afternoon. At that point, West Virginia was able to kneel out the clock and escape with a 37-31 victory.

It shouldn't have been that close; Maryland led 34-10 at one point. But three unanswered touchdowns by Maryland turned a laugher into a close game.

Geno "Genocide" Smith was 36-of-49 for 388 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Smith's favorite target was Tavon Austin, who had 11 catches for 122 yards, but he was one of just three receivers with 100 yards through the air. Stedman Bailey had eight grabs for 113 yards and a touchdown, and Ivan McCartney caught eight passes for 101 yards. The Moutaineers were held to 84 yards -- even before a few kneel-downs to kill clock -- and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. They didn't have a carry for more than 10 yards in the game.

Maryland, meanwhile, churned out yardage and points through the land and the air. O'Brien was 34-of-52 for 289 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions -- one of which was the most painful. Davin Meggett's 18 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown led the way for the Terps ground attack, which gained 188 yards on the day.

West Virginia now turns its attention to LSU from the SEC. Maryland prepares for Temple, which narrowly lost to Penn State today.


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For more on the West Virginia win, visit The Smoking Musket. Join other Maryland fans in chewing over the loss at Testudo Times. And stay with our gameday college football stream to keep an eye on all the goings-on.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Update: Things Get Interesting After 21 Straight Maryland Points

It's not over yet for Maryland. West Virginia at one point appeared to be walking away with its game against Maryland. Now, things are still in the Mountaineers favor, but they're getting a bit dicier.

West Virginia held a 34-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. Since then, the Terps have scored on a Davin Meggett 20-yard touchdown run, a D.J. Adams six-yard run and another D.J. Adams scoring run for two yards out. Suddenly, West Virginia was facing a three-point lead late and on the road.

Since then, the Mountaineers have connected on a field goal to give themselves a 37-31 lead, but there's still enough time left for Maryland to cause a few more coronaries in Morgantown. And maybe a celebration in College Park, to boot.

For more on the game from the Maryland side of things, go to Testudo Times. West Virginia fans can check out The Smoking Musket. College football fans should stay right here, where our college football gameday stream has you covered.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Halftime Score: Mountaineers Rolling Early

The West Virginia Mountaineers are ranked 18th in the nation for a reason, apparently, as they have made Maryland Terrapins look nearly as awful as their jerseys through one half of play. The halftime score doesn't even make it look as bad as it could have been, either, as West Virginia leads just 27-10 after settling for a field goal on their final drive of the half.

Maryland actually started out just fine, taking a 3-0 lead to start the game on a Nick Ferrara field goal, but the Mountaineers countered that with a 24-0 run before Maryland scored its first touchdown with just a couple of minutes left in the second quarter.

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, which is decidedly not short for genocide, has completed 21 of his 28 first half passing attempts, but it's been the running game punching the ball across the goal line as both Andrew Buie and Vernard Roberts have run across the goal line in the first half of play.

A 37-yard interception return for Terance Garvin, on the receiving end of an errant Danny O'Brien pass, accounted for the Mountaineers other first-half touchdown. Maryland's lone non-field goal came when Kevin Dorsey caught an on-target 18-yard pass from O'Brien with 2:32 left in the first half.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Maryland blog Testudo Times and West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. Here's this week's college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Score: Danny O'Brien Pick Six Makes It 14-3, Eers

With Big East and ACC realignment rumors a-swirlin', the West Virginia Mountaineers are making an early case for their inclusion in a power conference. That's a lot of weight to put on a first quarter touchdown, but look! Big East and ACC teams playing each other today. Awkward.

The Eers led the Maryland Terrapins, 7-3, after Vernard Roberts carried in a nine-yard touchdown run, but a Terence Garvin interception return made it 14-3. In the hyped quarterback duel between WVU's Geno Smith and Maryland's Danny O'Brien, Smith has so far looked more impressive. He's 9-of-11 for 94 yards, while O'Brien is 8-of-13 for 33 and said interception.

Expect a little gunslignin' in this one. Maryland's down a pair of top receivers, but still has to try and keep up with West Virginia's productive offese. And if that Mountaineers defense can start producing too ...

For more, stop by West Virginia blog Smoking Musket and Maryland blog Testudo Times.

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West Virginia Vs. Maryland Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

No. 18 West Virginia head to College Park in a rivalry game, so to speak, but an early season test for two teams with new coaches eager to prove themselves.

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