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Halftime: West Virginia 27, Maryland 10

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The latest Maryland-West Virginia looks like many of the recent editions in the series.

The Mountaineers are up 27-10 at the break and have moved it almost effortlessly throughout the first half.

Tavon Austin has seven catches for 101 yards and the Mountaineers have picked off Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien twice. Meanwhile, the Terps have not looked nearly as sharp on offense as in their Labor Day opener against Miami – though they did collect a touchdown on O’Brien’s 18-yard strike to Kevin Dorsey on their final drive.

West Virginia gets the ball first to start the second half. A quick score might pretty much finish things off and get the Mountaineers their sixth straight win in the series.

A few other observations …

* Lorne Goree drew his first career start over an injured Darin Drakeford. Well, actually, Goree started at middle linebacker, with Demetrius Hartsfield sliding over to the weak side.

* Kerry Boykins and Tony Logan started at wide receiver for Maryland. Also seen at wideout: Freshmen Devin   Burns and Marcus Leak.

* Best performance for Maryland in the first half? Probably safety Matt Robinson, who has eight tackles (two for loss) plus a pass breakup

* Is the absence of suspended receivers Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler making a difference? Maybe to some extent. That doesn’t explain the gashing the Maryland defense has taken. Chances are O’Brien’s numbers (14-for-25, 112 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions) would be better with a full complement of wideouts.

Patrick Stevens

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