- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Skyler Howard threw four touchdown passes, Wendell Smallwood rushed for a career-high 147 yards and West Virginia beat Maryland, 45-6, on Saturday.

West Virginia (3-0) compiled 601 yards of offense and the defense snared five interceptions in its final nonconference tuneup before playing at No. 15 Oklahoma next Saturday.

Caleb Rowe, making his second start of the season, completed 10 of 27 passes for 67 yards and four interceptions before being removed late in the third quarter in favor of Daxx Garman, a transfer from Oklahoma State.

Garman’s 46-yard touchdown pass to freshman Jahrvis Davenport with 11:45 remaining prevented the Terrapins (2-2) from being shut out.

West Virginia let up considerably in the second half after building a 38-0 halftime lead, its largest since scoring 49 in an 80-7 win over Rutgers in 2001.

Howard completed 21 of 33 passes for 294 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 15 yards and 41 yards to Shelton Gibson, seven yards to Elijah Wellman and one yard to Daikiel Shorts.

The Terrapins drove into West Virginia territory multiple times but came away mostly empty. They certainly had their chances.

Brandon Ross ran 55 yards to West Virginia’s one-yard line late in the second quarter. Ross was ruled down before he fumbled out of the end zone, but the call was overturned and West Virginia took possession on the resulting touchback.

West Virginia’s K.J. Dillon fumbled away the second-half kickoff, but Rowe’s pass was intercepted in the end zone on the next play by Karl Joseph.

On Maryland’s next series, the Terrapins drove to the Mountaineers’ 10-yard line before Darryl Worley intercepted Rowe’s pass in the end zone.

Rowe has thrown nine interceptions in three games, replacing Perry Hills late in the loss to Bowling Green.

The Mountaineers won for the ninth time in the last 10 meetings against their regional rival.

Maryland will have plenty of things to fix before opening Big Ten play at home Saturday night against Michigan.

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