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Observations on WVA 37, Maryland 31

*Speed kills, right? Tavon Austin (11 catches, 122 yards) is pretty dynamic. And here's the thing: Austin's quarterback, Geno Smith, was more accurate than I believe Maryland anticipated. He threw some beautiful passes. Randy Edsall said pretty flatly that Smith surprised them by being not only good, but excellent today.

*Edsall said it "didn't mean a thing" to be missing suspended receivers Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree. I understand why he said that. But they're both seniors who have worked the last few years with Danny O'Brien in practice. They combined for 13 catches and a touchdown in the season opener and McCree is probably the fastest player on the team.

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*I thought I detected O'Brien running a bit more during training camp practices this August than last season. Edsall said O'Brien needs to learn when to take off from the pocket in games. "People are going to drop off in coverage," Edsall said, meaning O'Brien will have lanes to run. His feet could particularly be a weapon in the red zone.

*West Virginia looked like a different team under coach Dana Holgorsen. The Mountaineers still haven't proved a good running team. But they sure spread the field in the passing game and very creatively use Austin.

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*For Maryland, this game really fellt like a lost opportunity. The Terps probably would have cracked the Top 25 with a win. That may not be too relevant this early in the season. But for a team forging a new identity, it would have been a confidence booster. But it was a good comeback...and I liked the black uniforms.

There's more in my updated game story...


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