MORGANTOWN -- The chances of both West Virginia and Maryland going through another game with no more mistakes than they've made to date seems unlikely.
Through two games, the Mountaineers have no turnovers. They were penalized just twice for 15 yards against Marshall and, although that number increased against Norfolk State, this is still a team that ranks 23rd in the nation in fewest penalties.
Maryland, meanwhile, turned the ball over just once in an opening-game, 32-24 win over Miami (Fla.), and had just four penalties.
That's a concern for West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen because he's seen it before from Randy Edsall-coached teams. They don't make a lot of mistakes and coaches love to play teams that make mistakes and gift-wrap opportunities.
"We went and looked back at what (Connecticut) was all about last year,'' Holgorsen said, referring to the team Edsall coached to a BCS bowl game before taking over at Maryland the next day. "They average four penalties a game and have a positive turnover ratio.
"Last week was a prime example of it. They weren't nearly as penalized as what Miami was (10 for 65 yards). They had one turnover; Miami had four. One was a defensive touchdown that won the game. Like I've said in the past, those are the things that get you beat.''
Again, they are the things coaches love to see from an opponent, too. A week ago, for instance, outmanned Norfolk State not only stayed with West Virginia for a half and led 12-10, the Spartans did so despite making all kinds of mistakes. Had they not, the Mountaineers might have had an even greater deficit to overcome.
Norfolk State was penalized an astounding 19 times for 177 yards. No WVU opponent had ever been penalized so many times for so many yards.
What worries Holgorsen is that big number posted by the Spartans tended to overshadow the mistakes his own team made. Yes, this is a team that hasn't turned the ball over and been penalized an average of just 4.5 times per game, but there were signs of trouble against Norfolk State.
"Last week from a penalty standpoint, I think it was skewed because our opponent had 200 yards,'' Holgorsen said. "We only had about 80 (actually 85), which was terrible.