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Maryland Terrapins Defense Shines in Victory Over West Virginia Mountaineers

These days, shutting down West Virginia‘s offense isn’t exactly as impressive as it once was.

Regardless, Maryland‘s defensive performance Saturday was outstanding.

Last year, the Mountaineer offense was one of the best in the country, putting up points at a dizzying rate. This year, with players like Geno SmithTavon Austin and Stedman Bailey gone, West Virginia is struggling mightily. On Saturday, Maryland flat out embarrassed them.

The Terps defense caused six turnovers, giving their offense great field position, and despite a bit of a lackluster offensive showing, beat their area rival 37-0.

A.J. Hendy set the tone in the first quarter when he stepped in front of a Ford Childress pass and returned in 28 yards for a touchdown. The play was a microcosm of the day, as Childress was under pressure, couldn’t step into his throw and hung the ball in the air on an out cut.

Then, leading 23-0 late in the first half, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil made the play of the day when he batted a Childress pass up in the air and intercepted it at the West Virginia six yard line. Quarterback C.J. Brown converted the turnover into a one-yard touchdown and the game was essentially over.

For the day, the Terp defense held the Mountaineers offense to 2-12 on third down and never allowed the Dana Holgorsen led offense to get into any type of rhythm. As a result, they dominated the time of possession and kept the Mountaineer offense on the sideline.

Thanks in part to a defense that ranks ninth in the country, the Terps are off to a 4-0 start.

B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google.