Saturday, September 13, 2014

Last-Second FG Lifts WVU Over Maryland, 40-37

Senior quarterback C.J. Brown passed for 241 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 161 more, including a 75-yard TD run, but that wasn't enough for the University of Maryland football team to overcome West Virginia, which kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired, in a 40-37 shootout.

Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett passed for 511 yards and four touchdowns, and West Virginia gave away a 22-point lead before Josh Lambert kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give the Mountaineers a 40-37 victory over Maryland on Saturday.

West Virginia (2-1) let a 28-6 lead dwindle to 28-27 in the third quarter, then gave away a 10-point advantage in the fourth quarter before Trickett directed a 65-yard drive to set up Lambert's game-winning kick.

Trailing 37-27 heading into the fourth quarter, Maryland closed the gap on a 30-yard field goal by Brad Craddock and a 69-yard punt return for a score by Will Likely.

West Virginia was driving late in the fourth quarter and were setup for a 43-yard field goal attempt with 4:16 left to play, but nose tackle Darius Kilgo blocked the attempt to keep the game tied at 37-37.

Maryland went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, but Nate Renfro pinned the Mountaineers back to their own five-yard line with just 2:35 left to play.

From there WVU went on a 13-play, 65-yard drive that ended with Lambert's deciding field goal.

Trickett went 37-for-49, and his passing yardage was the second-most in West Virginia history behind a 656-yard performance by Geno Smith in 2012. The Mountaineers finished with a whopping 694 yards in offense compared to 447 for Maryland (2-1).

West Virginia's Kevin White had 13 catches for 216 yards and Mario Alford caught 11 passes for 131 yards and two scores.

Stefon Diggs led the Terrapins with 170 all-purpose yards on five catches for 127 yards and two kickoff returns for 43 yards.

Sean Davis led the defensive effort for the Terps with 13 total tackles, while Alex Twine, Cole Farrand and Andre Monroe each had nine.

Craddock was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts from 46, 41 and 30 yards, respectively.

Maryland wraps up its non-conference schedul on Saturday, Sept. 20 when it plays at Syracuse. That game is set for a 12:30 p.m. start and will be broadcast on the ACC Network.

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