Maryland ranks No. 14 in rush defense and allows only 96.67 yards per game and 2.61 yards per attempt.
"They line up in a lot of fronts and do a lot of different movements that help you stop the run," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "You're probably going to have one less person in there because of their twists and the nature of their defense, but we've got plans and we're going to be prepared for it.
"We're going to try to run the football, no joke about it. Running it is part of what we do well on offense right now."
WVU added a wrinkle, at least for the Terrapins to consider, in last week's win against Georgia State. The Mountaineers ran outside zone plays that stretched the defense toward a sideline and created alleys and edges for the running backs.
It's a running play WVU used frequently in Holgorsen's first two seasons, but hadn't used as much this season before last week. Offensive line coach Ron Crook, who's emphasized power blocking and double teams upon his arrival from Stanford this season, said the Mountaineers wanted to polish the zone plays against the Panthers.
"We went out and put some stuff on film and it looked good and our guys executed well sometimes," he said. "It's something we continue to run. We had it in our offense all along, but we hadn't majored in it going into that game. It was something we felt like we could take advantage of to get guys out in space a little bit."
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THE TERRAPINS have an NCAA-best 14 sacks through three games. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield is tied for the lead nationally with 4 1/2 sacks and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil is tied for fifth with four.
"They'll probably try to disguise and blitz me more than they would on average," said WVU redshirt freshman quarterback Ford Childress, who will make his second career start. "We'll try to line up in some formations that try to force them to show their hand some."
Childress was sacked twice last week and Holgorsen wasn't proud of the way the offensive line protected Childress, who absorbed many other hits throughout the game. Childress took some of the blame as well and said he sometimes rushed his offensive linemen and didn't give them the time needed to make adjustments to protect properly.
Coach and quarterback anticipate more blitzing Saturday.
"I like blitzes," Childress said. "It's easy to get a really big play out of it if you get it in the voided area of the field. I can get a big shot sometimes down the field. Sometimes I'll have to take a shot, too, but I don't really mind doing that."
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