September 24, 2012

WVSports.com AfterThoughts: Maryland

Before Dana Holgorsen's Monday teleconference, WVSports.com brings you a collection of notes, analysis and recap from Saturday's Maryland contest, highlighting the players who capitalized and the statistics why.

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FINAL STATS

+ Total Yards: UMD-351 (305 passing, 46 rushing), WVU-363 (338 passing, 25 rushing)

+ Plays Attempted/Average Yards: UMD-65/5.41, WVU-68/5.34

+ First Downs: UMD-18 , WVU-19

+ Yards per Rush: UMD-1.3, WVU-1.0

+ Tackles for Loss: UMD-9/34, WVU-10/59

+ Sacks: UMD-2/21, WVU-5/43

+ Time of Possession: UMD-31:14, WVU-28:46

+ Three-and-Outs: UMD-4, WVU-4

+ Turnovers: UMD-3, WVU-0

+ Unproductive Plays: UMD-25, WVU--25

+ Score: WVU-31, UMD-21
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Terrapin soup may have been refreshing Saturday, a day with clouds warning of rain and temperatures closer to November than August.

But the tantalizing turtle bit back, and the blue-and-gold-clad cook was clumsy at times, whether it was with the preparation or execution.

Still, the stew turned out proper, as No. 7/9 West Virginia stirred Maryland into a 31-21 tizzy whirling behind a passing onslaught led by Heisman candidate Geno Smith.

Smith completed 30 of his 43 pass attempts for 338 yards. All three of his touchdowns went to Tavon Austin, who totaled 179 yards on his 13 catches.

Smith is the nation's No. 2 passer according to the NCAA's efficiency formula, totaling 191.23 points compared to first-place Casey Pachall's 209.92 standing. Texas's David Ash places third, giving the Big XII the top trio of signal callers with Smith and TCU's Pachall.

However, the equation is arcane and would make Einstein blush

First, add the following together: (8.4 x Yards) + (330 x Touchdowns) + (100 x Completions) - (200 x Interceptions).

Divide the sum by passes attempted, and there's your efficiency rating.

So let's stick to quantifiable stats when discussing Smith.

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