If West Virginia learned anything from last year's nail-biter against Maryland, it was that 694 yards of offense is not always enough.
The Mountaineers built a three-touchdown lead but needed Josh Lambert's 47-yard field goal on the game's final play to defeat the Terrapins 40-37 in College Park, Md.
When the teams meet Saturday at Mountaineer Field, West Virginia will need no reminder that it must play hard to the final whistle. And for heavy underdog Maryland, it's about maintaining control in front of a sellout crowd on the road.
West Virginia (2-0) is coming off a bye week after outscoring two opponents 85-17, and Maryland has traditionally been a litmus test for the rest of the Mountaineers' season. A year ago, West Virginia ran 108 offensive plays and did just enough to pull out their eighth win in the teams' last 10 meetings.
The Terrapins (2-1) want to fix some turnover issues in their final tuneup before the start of Big Ten play next week at home against Michigan.
"It's a tough environment," said Maryland coach Randy Edsall, who is 0-4 in Morgantown. "We know it will be loud. What we are going to have to do is go in and focus on ourselves and do the things that we have to do."
Former Baylor football coach Grant Teaff is hospitalized after being diagnosed as having blood clots in his lungs. Teaff, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, was recovering Friday at Providence Health Center in Waco, Texas. AFCA spokesman Vince Thompson said Teaff was resting in the intensive care unit, being treated with blood thinners.
Teaff said Thursday that he drove himself to the hospital after blacking out Monday while walking to his car at his office near campus.