BALTIMORE -- West Virginia left M&T Bank Stadium Saturday night drenched, dominated and with some deep doubts about its offense.
And as strange as it may seem to say of a day that witnessed their 37-0 loss, the Mountaineers saved their very worst until the very end with turnovers on their final three possessions, each on a play that began inside Maryland's 30-yard line.
"Offensively, we're inept as we can possibly be in college football," Coach Dana Holgorsen said.
Maryland handed WVU its first shutout loss in 12 years and worst shutout loss in 38 seasons to end a seven-game losing streak in the series.
The Terrapins last beat the Mountaineers, 41-7, in the 2004 Gator Bowl, which was the last time a WVU team was beaten as badly in a first half as WVU was on a rainy day in the home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.
No offensive players were made available to the media after the game.
WVU totaled 175 yards of offense, the worst total in 10 years. WVU was last shut out in 2001, a 35-0 loss at home to Virginia Tech.
"Me being a senior leader on this team, it's my word to you: That's not going to happen again," nose guard Shaq Rowell said. "There's nothing else I can tell you. We're not going to get goose egged again."
Rowell said the outcome was "very embarrassing," and he noted Maryland's players had "talked trash" in the press throughout the week before they walked the walk on the field.
"Maryland's going to be talking (stuff) for a year," Rowell said. "It's 365 days until we play again, but they deserve it. They beat the hell out of us -- 37-0. They hadn't beaten us in a decade. I'm embarrassed. I'm embarrassed.
"All three sides of the ball, we got our ass kicked. That's never going to happen again when I'm here."
The Mountaineers are now 2-2 and have scored seven points in their two losses, which are also the only two games they haven't played against teams either currently in or just graduated from the Football Championship Subdivision. WVU had six turnovers and six first downs.
"Myself offensively, the coaches, the players, we've got to get better," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "Obviously, that's not acceptable. That's as bad as I've ever seen it. We've got to get a lot better."
Holgorsen had never been shut out in seven seasons as either an offensive coordinator or head coach. His third WVU team plays only Big 12 games the rest of the way, beginning Saturday when the Mountaineers play host to No. 11 Oklahoma State, the preseason conference favorite that was off this weekend.
"We've got to look in the mirror," he said. "That's what I'm going to do. Offensively, it's not working. We'll do whatever we need to do to fix it."
WVU ran 25 times for 113 yards and that was greatly inflated by 30- and 51-yard runs deep in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Ford Childress completed 11 of 22 passes for only 62 yards. Holgorsen's WVU teams had never attempted fewer passes in a game and no WVU quarterback had ever thrown more passes and totaled fewer yards in a game.
Eight of the complete passes went to running back Charles Sims for 33 yards. Six receivers who played in the game combined for one catch for 12 yards, and that catch by Ronald Carswell on the opening drive stood as the longest play of the game until the 30-yard run.
Holgorsen vowed to stick with Childress despite his struggles in his second career start.
"We made a decision he's going to be our guy and he'sgoing to be our guy," Holgorsen said. "He's going to continue to get better and better. He's a redshirt freshman who'd played one game. He's not very experienced, he's not very seasoned. That's not an excuse; he needs to step up, man up and get better.
"The people around him need to step up and do the same. A lot of the guys around him are a lot more experienced than him and they're not doing a very good job right now and that needs to change, including me."
The defense allowed scoring drives of 24, 34, 62, 42, 6 and finally 89 yards when defensive coordinator Keith Patterson blitzed heavily as he tried to get a stop, but saw no rewards. Twenty-eight of Maryland's points were the result of turnovers. The three field goal drives started after WVU punts, each at the end of a three-and-out.
Maryland, meanwhile, passed its first true test of the season after beating winless Florida International, Old Dominion and winless UConn. The Terrapins (4-0) had 330 yards of offense and 38 minutes, 6 seconds of possession. The defense held WVU without a first down for almost two full quarters. The special teams contributed three field goals and recovered a WVU muffed punt.
The Mountaineers had good looks at scores, though when the game was no longer in question.