"It would be huge," senior defensive end A.J. Francis said. "I've never got a tombstone before. It would be great to beat a team we never beat, a rival, a team that doesn't like us and we don't like them."
Maryland's struggle against WVU extends beyond the players. Coach Randy Edsall is 1-7 against the Mountaineers, including 1-6 as head coach at UConn, but he hopes the team can draw encouragement from last year's narrow defeat.
"You always take a look at history and try to use it to your advantage," Edsall said. "During the week, coaches will show certain things from last year. We know that we came close and came up a little bit short. But that's something that we need to draw on. We need to minimize the mistakes. It has got to be a team thing."
The Terps will need bring a pack mentality to Morgantown, where the visiting team can expect absolutely no hospitality.
"The last time I was up there, somebody's grandmother spit on me," Francis said.
Gilbert said, "You go into most stadiums, and the student section is the loudest part. At West Virginia, pretty much the whole stadium sounds like the student section. They're pretty rowdy. That's something we're going to put an emphasis on this week, getting the offense ready for the crowd noise."
The pressure will be on Maryland true freshman quarterback Perry Hills, whose only road game thus far, against Temple in a half-full stadium, could not have prepared him for the zaniness of playing in Morgantown.
"The one thing that we have to do is really prepare our guys for the noise and the hostility that those fans have for their Mountaineers," Edsall said.
Despite that, Dorsey is looking forward his final trip to West Virginia.
"I like the atmosphere. The energy," he said. "The crowd is screaming, and even though they're against you, it's the true essence of college football."