Neat comparison here ... Maryland's Danny O'Brien played at the end of last season's game against WVU and didn't attempt a pass, but he went on to win ACC Rookie of the Year honors after passing for 2,438 yards and 22 touchdowns. Against Miami, he completed 31-of-44 passes for 348. Still, give the nod to WVU's Geno Smith, who leads the Big East in passing yards, total offense and pass efficiency.
West Virginia still seems to be sorting out its tailback situation. Freshman Vernard Roberts has 24 carries for 76 yards in two games, while Andrew Buie has 37 on 19 tries. Dustin Garrison and Trey Johnson are also in the mix. Maryland, meanwhile, gives 5-foot-9, 215-pound Davin Meggett most of the load. He had 92 yards on 21 carries against Miami.
Both teams spread the ball nicely to their receivers. Maryland is led by 6-2 junior Kevin Dorsey, who has eight catches for 124 yards. Running mates Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler, though, have seven and six, respectively. Don't forget tight end Matt Furstenburg, who has four catches. WVU, though, has more talent in Tavon Austin, Ivan McCartney, Devon Brown and Stedman Bailey.
There's not much of a comparison here. While WVU's pass protection has been fine (two sacks allowed in two games), Joe Madsen, Don Barclay and the rest of the Mountaineer linemen are pushing for an average of but 72 rushing yards. Maryland's line isn't big by today's standards, but left tackle Max Garcia and company pushed for 151 rushing yards and allowed no sacks against Miami.