BALTIMORE - If you're a WVU football fan looking for a ray of sunshine from a rainy day at M&T Bank Stadium, I have one for you. Really.
True freshman Daryl Worley had two pass breakups against standout Maryland receiver Stefon Diggs.
Otherwise, though, I have zip. Nada.
The Mountaineers melted down in the first half of Saturday's game like a DQ Blizzard in a brick pizza oven.
It reminded me of Aug. 23, 1994, when the Mountaineers played Nebraska in the Kickoff Classic in the Meadowlands. The Cornhuskers outscored WVU 24-0 in the first half, put in place a kind, vanilla offense, and won 31-0. Mountaineer punter Todd Sauerbrun was the one and only bright spot. Had a 90-yard kick.
Yet there's one huge difference: Nebraska had Tommie Frazier, Lawrence Phillips and went on to win a national championship.
WVU lost on Saturday to Maryland. It lost to a Terrapin team that went 4-8 a year ago. It lost 37-0 to a team that had the worst offense in the country last season.
In sum? The Mountaineers were terrible on Saturday. They were ineffective and appeared unprepared, lacking confidence and uninspired.
For Maryland, some guy named A.J. Hendy, a backup safety, became a star. For WVU, head coach Dana Holgorsen's star fell a little bit more.
And that star has been falling since last Oct. 13, when WVU had an even more substantial meltdown, a 49-14 loss at Texas Tech after moving to 5-0 and a Top 5 ranking.
It's been quite a downturn. Remember at the beginning of last season when the Mountaineers scored 69 on Marshall? And 70 on Baylor? And 48 at Texas?
On Saturday, there was no "Air Raid." There was no ground attack. There were six WVU first downs. There were but 113 rushing yards and 62 passing yards.
The offenses of Holgorsen past seemed as distant as, well, a Big 12 site. Since 2005, his offenses have finished no lower than 15th nationally. The highest have been the last two at WVU - 15th in 2011 and 10th last season.
The wizardry has disappeared. The Mountaineers have lost eight of their last 12 games. The only wins have been against Iowa State, Kansas, William & Mary and Georgia State.
Afterward, Holgorsen appropriately used the word "inept" over and over in his press conference. To his credit, though, he did point to himself. It was reminiscent of Bob Huggins toward the end of last basketball season.
"We're very inept," Holgorsen said. "We're going to fix it. It's 100 percent on me."
Certainly much of it is. There were many Saturday discipline issues, including the seven penalties. The defense had two illegal substitution penalties.
There were other gaffes, like calling a timeout with 11:50 left in the first quarter because there were only 10 men on the field. There was ye olde delay of game penalty after a timeout.
Of course, there is the quarterback issue. Recruit William Crest played near M&T on Friday night - and fared much better than Mountaineer QB Ford Childress, who completed 11 of 22 passes for 62 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. His longest completion was 12 yards. He was sacked twice.
Ugly with a capital U. Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, though, tried to take up for their redshirt freshman.