BALTIMORE - During one surreal sequence for West Virginia's offense in Saturday's loss to Maryland, the offense went four straight series without a first down.
Afterward, when no offensive players were made available to the media and defensive players were made to answer questions about the offense, nose guard Shaq Rowell came close to a three-and-out of his own.
In reply to the first three questions posed to him, the senior said, "We lost on all three sides of the ball - offense, defense and special teams."
He cracked on the fourth question and then bubbled over after the 37-0 defeat.
"Sorry I keep saying that, but we really did," Rowell said. "We beat this team seven times in a row. They came out (Saturday) ready to play. They whipped our ass. Period. Point blank. We didn't put a point on the board. It's a disgrace to West Virginia, the 1.8 million people. That will never happen again for as long as I'm here."
The Mountaineers, who lost by a larger margin in a 55-14 loss to Kansas State last season, hadn't been on the wrong side of a worse shutout since a 39-0 loss to Penn State in 1975. The last shutout loss was in 2001, a 35-0 loss to Virginia Tech.
"They hit a speed bump," Rowell said of the offense. "We're going to get better next week. That will never happen again as long as I'm here. We'll never get goose egged again. I guarantee that."
The Terrapins hadn't beaten WVU since the 2004 Gator Bowl.
"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 being real with you. 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."
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WVU STARTED the game win an 11-yard run and had one first down the rest of the half. The Mountaineers closed the half with four consecutive three-and-outs in between a pair of Ford Childress interceptions. Following their second first down of the half, WVU had 20 snaps for 17 yards.
The Mountaineers finished the game with six first downs. The last time WVU had fewer than the 47 snaps against Maryland, Athletic Director Oliver Luck was a senior in high school and the Mountaineers managed just 40 in a 1977 loss to Boston College.
"Offensively, we were as inept as you can possibly be in college football," WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "I accept responsibility for that."
The Mountaineers now have the distinct pleasure of playing host to No. 11 Oklahoma State at noon Saturday on ESPN. The Cowboys, who were the preseason conference favorite, were off last week.
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FORMER WVU RECEIVER Deon Long, who enrolled in January 2010 but never played for the Mountaineers, caught six passes for 98 yards Saturday. He's in his first season with the Terrapins after playing at New Mexico State in 2011 and Iowa Western Community College last year, when he caught 25 touchdown passes and set the all-time junior college record with 100 receptions.