The Washington Times - September 22, 2012, 01:59PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A few thoughts on Maryland’s 24-14 deficit to No. 8 West Virginia at halftime …

UPSIDE

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* Stefon Diggs made two nifty plays. One was his 44-yard touchdown reception, about half of which was him scooting down the sideline after the catch. The other was on Maryland’s final drive of the half, when he got out of bounds during the two-minute offense.

* Linebacker Kenneth Tate (yes, he apparently wants to be called “Kenneth Tate”; who am I to argue?) has played a couple possessions in his season debut. On his second snap, he snagged a tackle for loss. On his third snap, he broke up a pass. He has two tackles so far.

* We know who Maryland’s No. 2 quarterback is. Devin Burns took one snap while Perry Hills was sidelined with an injury late in the second quarter. There’s one less mystery about the Terps. It’s also not a humongous surprise. In a perfect world, Maryland will still be able to redshirt Caleb Rowe.

DOWNSIDE

* The Terps have never had an answer for West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and don’t appear to have one today. Austin has six catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns. In three career games against his home-state team, the Baltimore native is up to 24 receptions for 341 yards and four touchdowns.

* Brandon Ross hasn’t done much in his season debut. After drawing a start at tailback, he has 11 carries for 24 yards.

* The hit Hills took to prompt his brief departure was completely unnecessary. Officials whistled a penalty, which turned out to be a false start, but Hills was nonetheless rocked from behind. Coach Randy Edsall was understandably irate, yelling at referee Jeff Flanagan for the missed personal foul call.

* BONUS: It didn’t matter, but Maryland spiked the ball in the final 10 seconds before the break. It also had two timeouts remaining. The Terps’ staff does realize those don’t carry over to the second half, right?

Patrick Stevens