First half analysis

A year ago in Morgantown, Maryland fell behind 28-0 in a 31-17 defeat.

New year, new coaches, same type of scenario being played out in College Park today.


The Terps are down 27-10 at halftime and it could have been worse had Danny O'Brien not thrown a late 18-yard TD pass to Kevin Dorsey.

Until that last drive, which also included a 25-yard pass to Kerry Boykins and a 22-yard catch-and-run by Tony Logan, O'Brien and the offense had been brutal. The redshirt sophomore quarterback has been picked off twice, one returned for a touchdown by West Virginia safety Terence Garvin (Loyola Blakefield).


O'Brien was badly outplayed in the first half by Geno Smith, who completed 21 of 28 passes for 232 yards. O'Brien finished the half 14 of 25 for 112 yards, with most of the yards coming on the last drive. He had two passes deflected and also

You could tell how much O'Brien missed not having seniors Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree, who were suspended late Thursday night for an incident early that morning that ended up with Tyler being charged with second-degree assault.

Based on how conservative the Terps played offensively, you could tell that either O'Brien or offensive coordinator Gary Crowton did not have a lot of confidence in their replacements and how much they missed McCree's speed. They had combined for 13 catches in the win over Miami.

The crowd booed a couple of times at the play calling. It was also obvious that the suspensions to Tyler and McCree had played havoc with the gameplan.

Defensively, the Terps had a tough time staying with Tavon Austin. The former Dunbar star had seven catches for 101 yards, and helped set up a touchdown and a field goal. Austin would have had a 36-yard touchdown late in the half had Matt Robinson not broken up the pass late in the half.

Though 17-point deficits are not impossible to overcome, the Terps are going to have get the West Virginia offense off the field.

The Mountaineers didn't punt the entire first half. -- DON MARKUS