West Virginia's offense is "very similar to what we do here at Maryland," coach Randy Edsall said. "It's up-tempo. It's a lot of three wide receivers, four wide receivers in there,"
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Maryland must play without wide receivers Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree — both suspended Thursday by Edsall.
Tyler had allegedly punched a man near an off-campus 7-Eleven store late Wednesday night, authorities said. "Our officer was out near the 7-Eleven on Knox Road in College Park," said Marc Limansky, spokesman for the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety. "He hears an argument going on and looks over and sees one guy punch another guy. He takes off and chases him. It was this guy Tyler."
The man allegedly punched was not a student. His birth year is listed as 1978, which makes him 32 or 33.
Tyler's family would not comment on the allegations.
McCree was with Tyler at the time, "but he was not involved in the altercation," Limansky said. It's unclear why McCree was suspended. McCree said in an interview last week that his classroom work had been improving, owing partly, he said, to Edsall's concentration on academics.
Saturday's is the first road game for West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen, the former "coach-in-waiting" who took over for Bill Stewart in June.
Maryland had the seventh-largest Byrd Stadium crowd for the Miami game — an announced 52,875 — and hoped for another big audience against a well-known border rival.
"We've got to learn how to be on the road," Holgorsen said.
West Virginia (2-0, 0-0 Big East) vs. Maryland (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
Time: Saturday, Noon
Site: Byrd Stadium
Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM
Series: West Virginia leads 24-21-2.
Maryland offense vs. West Virginia defense: Maryland comes off a 499-yard outing against Miami and regains suspended RB D.J. Adams, an important short-yardage specialist last season. West Virginia's defense has yet to be tested in wins over Marshall and Norfolk State. The defense has not surrendered a touchdown, although the Mountaineers yielded a punt-return touchdown against Marshall.
Maryland defense vs. West Virginia offense: Maryland was burned last season by WR Tavon Austin (Dunbar) and QB Geno Smith. Smith has a 66.7 percent completion rate this season with six touchdown passes and no interceptions. But West Virginia fans have been concerned about the running game, which has 144 yards through two games. With 2010 leading rusher Noel Devine gone, Vernard Roberts leads with 76 yards and a 3.2-yard average.