Late in the third quarter, safety K.J. Dillon disrupted an option play and forced and recovered a fumble at the Maryland 26-yard line. Running back Charles Sims caught a screen pass on the next play and gained six yards, but lost a fumble at the 20.
It was WVU's fourth turnover, equal to the number of first downs they had with 24 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Terrapins lost another fumble on an option that quarterback C.J. Brown kept. WVU took over at the 33, but Childress was sacked before freshman running back Wendell Smallwood lost a fumble at the end of a 30-yard run.
Dreamius Smith's 51-yard run late in the fourth quarter gave the Mountaineers the ball at the Maryland 45. The final turnover would follow when Childress was pressured, spun around and flipped the ball to Sims, who wasn't ready and lost the fumble.
Nothing went WVU's way, beginning early in a first half that saw three turnovers and two first downs. Maryland's Stefon Diggs muffed a punt near his end zone, but recovered.
On third down after the first muff, WVU linebacker Jared Barber read a pass and jumped the route, but couldn't secure the interception.
On Maryland's second punt, Carswell signaled for a fair catch, but had the ball go over his head. He turned to find the ball and had it bounce back and hit him in the shoulder for the first of three first-half turnovers.
The next time Carswell went to field a punt, he let it bounce and waved off his teammates, but fielded the ball at his 11 and stood there, seemingly unaware that his hand signal wasn't a fair catch, until he was tackled.
"Our special teams were extremely average," Holgorsen said, well aware that in both losses special teams miscues have contributed to more points than his offense scored. Special teams errors against Oklahoma led to 10 points in the 16-7 loss.
Following the first turnover, the Terrapins took over at the WVU 24 and Barber had a pass go through his hands and skip into the air and to tight end Dave Steinbaugh for a 6-yard touchdown.
WVU somehow managed to take a delay of game penalty before first down following the kickoff return -- and that would be followed later in second the quarter by separate penalties for having 12 men on the field.
Childress then forced a pass on the right sideline that was intercepted and returned 28 yards for a touchdown by Maryland's A.J. Hendy, who recovered Carswell's fumble and the goofy Childress flick to Sims on WVU's final drive.
WVU punted in the second quarter and William Likely muffed his catch, but also recovered and Maryland took a 17-0 lead on a 50-yard field goal by Brad Craddock, who matched his career high. He'd add field goals the next two drives from 35 and 30 yards away for a 23-0 lead.
The Mountaineers then started at their 10 after a holding penalty on the kickoff return and Childress had his pass on first down batted into the air and then intercepted by linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil. Brown sneaked across the goal line three plays later.
The last time WVU trailed worse than 30-0 at the half of a game was 31-0 to Maryland in the 2004 Gator Bowl.
The Mountaineers had just two first downs and one was on the first play of the game. The next 26 plays produced 54 yards and one first down. WVU went the final 20 plays of the half without a first down and sandwiched four three-and-outs between Childress' two interceptions.