College Park, MD—
We have certainly witnessed some great match-ups of the Terps versus the Mountaineers, but today, both teams showed us a little bit of battle strength and unlike the Battle of 1812 which the Terps celebrated with their jerseys and helmets today, they fell just short at the end as the Mountaineers kicked a game winning field goal as time expired in route to a 40-37 victory.
“Everyone needed this game,” Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said. “What a game. I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of a game when the momentum swings went back and forth that drastically. I’m proud our team was able to get the victory at the end.”
WVU, which lost to the Terrapins 37-0 in Baltimore last season, certain has fielded a much different team than the one we saw last year, but it took Sophomore Josh Lambert’s kick to emerge victorious today.
Lambert admitted that he stutter-stepped before the snap, but managed to drive the 47-yard field goal between the uprights as time expired. He felt the pressure as he had a 43-yard attempt blocked earlier in the fourth quarter.
“I was anticipating the snap and took a step and realized, you know, ‘Uh oh,’” said Lambert, who had a game-winning field goal at TCU last season. “I was able to gather myself very fast and put it through.”
His kick capped a drive that began with 2:35 to go at the WVU 5-yard line with the Mountaineers showing three timeouts. West Virginia started with four straight runs and ended with a nervy pass to the sideline for a 4-yard gain with four seconds remaining to set up Lambert’s kick.
This game also marked the a record breaking day for WVU Senior Quarterback Clint Trickett, who finished the day 37-for-49 for career-high totals of 511 yards and four touchdowns
Maryland’s C.J. Brown passed for 241 yards and a long touchdown to Stefon Diggs and added 161 yards rushing, but his running backs totaled two yards on nine carries. Diggs caught five passes for 127 yards.
“That was a tough one out there today,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. “It was a hard-fought battle for 60 minutes and it came down to the end. We came up one or two plays short, but I was proud of our guys to fight back the way that they did. We got ourselves back in the game to tie it up and then we just could not get over the hump on third downs offensively.”