The Mountaineers placed restrictions on Long's transfer in 2010 and Maryland was one school they blocked.
Coach Randy Edsall, who is now 2-9 against the Mountaineers as the UConn and Maryland coach, said Long was the happiest player in the locker room after the win.
"I tried to keep him calm all week long, and he'll be the first to say it wasn't about him or anything like that," Edsall said. "Last week, he was on me about going back to Connecticut, so I was on him this week. I just told him, 'Hey, you don't have anything to prove to anybody. Just go out there and play your game.'"
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THE TERRAPINS had just 330 yards of offense, well below the 554.7 yards they averaged in a 3-0 start that ranked No. 10 nationally. WVU had won 12 straight games when allowing 330 or fewer yards, dating back to Edsall and UConn's first win against the Mountaineers in 2010. The Huskies had 278 yards in the overtime victory.
"We're far from a suffocating defense, but I do think we competed," Holgorsen said.
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WVU INSIDE linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, who led the team in tackles in each of the first three games, left with an undisclosed injury in the second quarter and did not return. He finished with 11/2 tackles.
Outside linebacker Brandon Golson had a leg injury in the second quarter that looked worse than it was. Defensive end Will Clarke rolled into Golson's leg and a contorted Golson collapsed in pain atop Clarke and Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown.
Golson returned in the second half.
"I was shocked he came back because it did look bad," defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said. "We lost Kwiatkoski and Golson for a while and I was trying to see who we had to go out there for different sub packages. That was a little bit of an issue, but we finally settled down in the second half. I thought the kids had no quit."
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MARYLAND SCORED 28 points off WVU's six turnovers. The Mountaineers hadn't had six turnovers in a game since a loss at USF in 2007.
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