MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Checking in on the predictions from earlier today for Maryland-West Virginia
1. At least one of Maryland’s four tailbacks won’t draw a carry.
CORRECT. The Terps found a use for all four guys, but Justus Pickett was used almost exclusively as a third-down back. He had four receptions for 27 yards. Brandon Ross had 20 carries compared with four for Albert Reid and two for Wes Brown. Neither Reid nor Brown had a carry after halftime.
2. Tavon Austin will roll up 100 receiving yards.
CORRECT. It easily happened. Austin had six catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, en route to a 13-reception, 179-yard, three-score outing.
3. Eric Franklin will make at least 10 tackles.
INCORRECT. The Maryland safety had only one stop as the Terps wisely played nickel coverage for almost the entire game. Cornerback Dexter McDougle led Maryland in tackles with eight.
4. Perry Hills will have his first 200-yard passing day.
CORRECT. Hills completed 20 of 29 passes for 305 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, producing arguably his most impressive game to date despite an early lost fumble (on a perfectly timed safety blitz) and an interception on fourth-and-21 in the fourth quarter that functioned as a de facto punt.
5. West Virginia will win.
CORRECT. The Mountaineers have won seven straight in the series, but earned this one in far-from-overwhelming fashion. The takeaways? Maryland’s defense is pretty good, earning a measure of credibility for keeping West Virginia’s offense to merely 24 points. Also: West Virginia’s defense could be in for some trouble when it heads into Big 12 play in the weeks to come.
WEST VIRGINIA: 4-for-5