Mountaineers linebacker Jared Barber, who couldn't intercept a pass inside the Maryland 15 two possessions earlier, let Brown's pass slip through his fingers and find tight end Dave Stinebaugh in the back of the end zone.
"He was in great position," Patterson said. "I thought, 'There it is, another big turnover,' but it was a missed opportunity. It's one of those things where when our back is against the wall, we've got to be able to take advantage of a great opportunity to get the momentum back in our favor."
Maryland scored after WVU's third turnover, but the Mountaineers had only six yards to defend after Ford Childress had a pass deflected and then intercepted by linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil.
Brown's 1-yard touchdown run came on third-and-goal, though, and made the score 30-0 at halftime.
"You can't point fingers at one person or at the offense or the defense," nose guard Shaq Rowell said. "They scored on us. Period. Point blank. So what, the offense got shut out? At the end of the day, we've got to get stops like we did at Oklahoma.
"We turned it over a lot, but we stopped (the Sooners). We didn't stop Maryland. They scored three field goals and four touchdowns. That's embarrassing."
The Terrapins managed 330 yards of offense, more than 120 fewer than what they had averaged the first three games.
"I knew they weren't going to get anything close to that," Patterson said. "(The defenders) fought hard in the second half. They could have laid it down, but they played extremely hard."
That can't change, especially if the offense continues to sputter. The Cowboys average 487.7 yards per game and are No. 10 with 45.3 points per game. They also have one turnover in 222 offensive snaps. After Oklahoma State, the Mountaineers play at Baylor (3-0), which leads the nation with 69.7 points and 751.3 yards per game. The Bears have three turnovers in 229 snaps.
"It's a team sport," Patterson said. "Anytime we take the field, our goal is to get the ball back to the offense as fast as possible. That's a great opportunity to go out and create positive momentum if you can create a turnover."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.