COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Scott McBrien ran and passed his way
through West Virginia's porous defense, and Bruce Perry scored two
touchdowns as Maryland cruised to a 34-7 victory Saturday night.
McBrien, who played at West Virginia as a freshman in 2000
before transferring to Maryland, left early in the fourth quarter
after going 14-for-25 for 220 yards and a touchdown. The senior
also had a 43-yard run that set up a TD.
The Terrapins (2-2) have outscored the opposition 95-7 after
starting the season with losses at Northern Illinois and Florida
West Virginia (1-3) got its lone touchdown on a run by Kay-Jay
Harris in the closing minutes.
McBrien staked the Terrapins to a 20-0 halftime lead, producing
scores on four of five possessions. That was more than enough
offense to dispose of West Virginia, which had more penalties
(seven) than first downs (five) entering the fourth quarter.
WVU quarterback Rasheed Marshall went 2-for-7 for 25 yards
before being pulled late in the third period.
The Mountaineers were not much better on defense, allowing 411
yards before forcing Maryland to punt for the first time with 11
Perry starred with Maryland two years ago, but missed most of
last season with injuries and saw spot-duty in the Terrapins' first
two games this year because of a badly sprained ankle. He finished
with 79 yards on 14 carries, including a 12-yard TD run that made
it 27-0 in the third quarter.
McBrien left after hitting Latrez Harrison for a 25-yard
touchdown with 13:45 remaining.
Maryland has won three straight from West Virginia by a 114-44
total to take a 20-19-2 lead in the series that began in 1919.
The Mountaineers made only three first downs in the first half
while compiling more penalty yards (60) than total offense (58).
Maryland asserted itself from the outset, taking the opening
kickoff and holding the ball for more than six minutes. After Jo Jo
Walker dropped a pass that would have extended the drive, Nick
Novak came up short on a 52-yard field goal attempt.
The Mountaineers then went three-and-out before the Terrapins
went up 7-0 on a 4-yard run by Perry. The 52-yard march was aided
by two WVU penalties and featured a 34-pass from McBrien to
Maryland made it 17-0 with a 79-yard drive that showcased
McBrien's versatility. He went 3-for-3 for 29 yards and ran 43
yards on a third-and-5 before Josh Allen scored from the 2.
The Terrapins got the ball back with 53 seconds left, enough
time for McBrien to move the offense 38 yards for a field goal.