BALTIMORE -- Dana Holgorsen has a pretty simple offense framed by a perhaps simpler philosophy.
If something works, the West Virginia coach believes in doing it again. That makes the opposite true as well, and he'll abandon something if it doesn't work, though with one exception.
When prescribed properly against an opponent with aggressive tendencies to blitz the quarterback and send defenders storming up the field, Holgorsen is willing to try screens and fail because, if he tries enough, he'll succeed.
"You've got to stick with it if it doesn't work," he said. "It's just like running the ball. If you get two yards, are you going to quit running the ball? No. Run it again, you might get eight yards. Run it again, you might get two yards. Run it again, you might get 20."
The Mountaineers (2-1) have thrown screen passes to running backs and wide receivers in every game this season -which is not at all newsworthy in Holgorsen's offense - but never more than they did in the loss at Oklahoma.
"My opinion on screens is that when you get teams that charge up the field, and Oklahoma did, you have a chance to hit screens on them," Holgorsen said.
WVU plays Maryland (3-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. It will be televised by ESPNU.
The Terrapins lead the nation in sacks and WVU offensive line coach Ron Crook, who is in charge of stopping the blitz, allowed for a comparison to the Sooners defense.
"They're definitely similar as far as scheme goes," he said. "Their players look pretty similar to the players we saw there."
What the Mountaineers saw at Oklahoma was a speedy defense that crowded the line of scrimmage, constantly pressured WVU's blocking and tried to find a way to send players freely through the line or around the ends.
WVU countered by occasionally letting the defense get through and thus out of position before quarterback Paul Millard would flick a pass over or around the defense to a running back or a receiver.
"You have to do it against a defense that's going to run up the field," Holgorsen said. "Prime example: We're at Houston playing Marshall in the game our kid broke his leg (a 37-23 loss in 2008). We're struggling on offense. I called the running back screen - not the receiver screen; the running back screen - 10 times that game.
"They stopped it. They stopped it. They stopped it. It went for 40 yards. They stopped it. It went for 50 yards. They stopped it. It went for 60 yards. That's why you've got to keep calling it."