MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- For the third consecutive time in the series, West Virginia and Maryland will be 2-0 when they play Saturday in the noon ESPNU game at Mountaineer Field.
The Terrapins haven't been 2-0 since the 2007 matchup between the schools, which also was the last time these two played.
The Mountaineers won, 31-14, in College Park, Md., and sprung Noel Devine on the Terrapins. Then a freshman, Devine carried five times for 136 yards.
Maryland lost six of its final 10 games that season, was 8-5 in 2008 and 2-10 in 2009, when the series with WVU was on a break. The two schools had played every year from 1980.
"They have my total attention," Coach Bill Stewart said. "I'm worried. I don't think my players should have any trouble, in my mind, and should get amped up for this. Having not played the last two years, maybe it hurts us, maybe it hurts them, I don't know. Maybe it'll help us. But that's a good football team and they're out to have a good year and it looks like they're on track to do that."
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MARYLAND PLAYED 24 freshmen last season, but returns 70 percent of its two-deep depth chart from last season - 17 of 22 on offense and 14 of 22 on defense. Seven starters on offense and seven of the top 10 tacklers on defense are back for 2010.
"They've had a rough couple of years, I guess," Stewart said. "But Maryland is a good football team. I don't really know about the last two years and I really don't care because we didn't play them the last two years. All I know is we played them in 2007 and we better be ready to play them in 2010."
Maryland beat Navy, 17-14, despite being significantly outperformed in time of possession, rushing yards and first downs, and then beat the Football Championship Subdivision's Morgan State, 62-3, Saturday. After allowing Navy 412 yards rushing, the Terrapins allowed Morgan State just 27. Maryland hasn't allowed a team to reach 100 in four of its past 10 games.
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ONLY STEWART, defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich and defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel were on WVU's staff the last time the teams met. Stewart as an offensive assistant. WVU's offensive coordinator, Jeff Mullen, was Wake Forest's offensive tackles and later quarterbacks coach from 2001-07 inside the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Maryland's Ralph Friedgen remains head coach for a 10th season, but he has a different offensive and defensive coordinator since the previous WVU game. Offensive coordinator James Franklin as been at Maryland eight years, but this is his third season in his current role. Defensive coordinator Don Brown is in his second season on the staff.
Stewart said preparations will be based more on the season's two games than the past two seasons spent away from one another. The two schools exchanged game film from last year.