In what was Maryland's first true measuring stick of the young season, the Terps passed with flying colors.
Playing before easily the largest crowd Maryland has seen this season, the Terps got off to a fast start and never looked back in a 37-0 win over rival West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The Terps took advantage of early turnovers by West Virginia to put the Mountaineers in an early hole, and they could never dig out of it. In fact, I 'm not sure they even picked up a shovel.
Maryland raced out to a 30-0 lead heading into the locker room at halftime, at which point the game was essentially over. The Terps spent most of the second half more concerned with bleeding the clock than adding points on the scoreboard.
The Terps forced six West Virginia turnovers, although they did have two of their own. Play got particularly sloppy in the third quarter as the rain really picked up in intensity and the two teams exchanged fumbles on four straight possessions.
Maryland came into the game as one of only three teams to average 500 yards of total offense per contest, but the Terps didn't have a big day on that side of the ball. The Terps finished with just 330 yards of total offense, and they will need quarterback C.J. Brown to be more accurate throwing the ball going forward.
Instead, it was an underrated defense that stole the show and became the first team to pitch a shutout of West Virginia in 12 years. To be fair, this Mountaineers team looked totally lost on the offensive side of the ball, but Maryland didn't seem to be bothered by the absence of their two top cornerbacks.
The win moves the Terps to 4-0 and they will have their first open date of the season Saturday. That gives Maryland two weeks to prepare for their ACC opener against Florida State in Tallahassee, which will be a real measuring stick.