WVU's two turnovers led to 10 points for Maryland.
The Mountaineers were the only team in the country that had not forced or committed a turnover, but they took three from Maryland, all interceptions by WVU safeties. Terence Garvin returned his first career interception 37 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. Darwin Cook had his first career interception and Eain Smith ended the game with his second career interception.
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WVU'S RUNNING game averaged just 3.0 yards per carry and totaled 92 yards, but Holgorsen was happy with the effectiveness of the blocking and the backs.
"We did better," he said. "We were able to hand it off and get some yards, which helps. It's all about making them defend both the pass and the run. We can't be one-dimensional."
Buie started and gained 51 yards on seven carries and didn't have a negative run. He scored his first career touchdown on a 10-yard run in the second quarter, but also took a hit that slowed him later in the game.
"The kid takes some shots," Holgorsen said of Buie, who was knocked out of the season-opener.
Vernard Roberts had 12 carries for 36 yards and Shawne Alston played in his first game and carried six times for 20 yards and two first downs on third-down plays.
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GARVIN AND linebacker Najee Goode were penalized for unnecessary roughness for what they believed were hard, though legal hits.
"I wasn't happy with (the penalties), obviously," Holgorsen said. "It's a fine line. We obviously have to protect guys, but you don't want to curb the aggression of the defense. It's always a judgment calls, but there are a lot of judgment calls out there. You've just got to move on."
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WVU FULLBACK Matt Lindamood and receiver Brad Starks did not play. ... The teams combined for 957 yards of offense, 101 passes and 167 snaps. ... WVU has eight scoring drives of 10 or more plays this season. ... The three 100-yards receivers Saturday - Tavon Austin (122), Stedman Bailey (113) and Ivan McCartney (101) - matched the total for the entire 2010 season. ... Roberts has scored a rushing touchdown in all three games in his career.
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