by Todd Helmick
September 12, 2006
year’s meeting marks the 45th between the Terrapins
and Mountaineers, a series which began in 1919. The
all-time series record is currently deadlocked at 21-21-2.
Locally and for me personally, the Maryland-WVU
match up represents the best of both worlds. Since I
attend the spring games for both schools every year
and obviously cover them for this site as well as other
news sources, it should be no secret what the respective
coaching staffs are attempting to accomplish, especially
since neither of these current undefeated programs is
likely to alter their X’s and O’s drastically
Here are some keys for this Thursday
ESPN prime time border rivalry.
The defense has to rise up in colossal fashion, which
has not been the case in the first two games versus
William & Mary and Middle Tennessee.
QB Sam Hollenbach (Hollen “boller” as some
Baltimoreans will say) has to make some plays…a
theme with which he has struggled. Handing it off all
night might keep the total points scored on the low
end, but that will not be enough to prevail once the
final gun sounds.
C) Maryland must avoid offensive penalties,
even the five-yard variety. 2nd- or 3rd-and-long will
make for an uneventful evening.
D) Make QB Pat White beat you with his
arm. This WVU spread offense is preordained on running
the ball…really, if not checked, it’s all
they seem to do (75% of the time to be exact) with grand
results. UM defensive coordinator Chris Cosh has to
envision the best game plan of his life. If White throws
for 300+ yards, fine. Such an accomplishment would be
KEYS FOR WVU
A) Simple...just keep on doing that same mojo that you
do so well. It’s elementary for Rich Rodriguez.
See Steve Slaton run. See Steve Slaton score. Run Steve,
Run. Use the QB draws. Run, Pat White, Run. Pound the
middle with big 6-3, 250-pound RB Owen Schmidt –
he has never lost a single yard when handed the ball
B) The defense should be well prepared
for a grind-out power-game plan by Ralph Friedgen (now
the offensive coordinator as well as head coach). Hollenbach's
part of the equation in this offense will be kept at
a minimum. It's all about the running backs and linemen
for the Terrapin offense.
C) Never underestimate a rival, an overwhelming
suspicion apparently quite prevalent on the south side
of the Potomac.
is currently ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll. The Terrapins’
last road win over a Top 5 opponent was October 7, 1950,
a 34-7 victory at Michigan State (there have been 17
attempts since then). As with any upset, the breaks
need to go your way. The turnovers, especially, need
to go your way. Special teams must not break down. Oh,
yeah, and contain that vaunted Mountaineer rushing attack.
Obviously, some things are easier said than done.