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Moten's play could have changed Maryland-West Virginia outcome?

The single play I wanted to ask defensive coordinator Don Brown about was a critical one. There was 4:03 left in the third quarter Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va., and Maryland had just crept back into the game after quarterback Jamarr Robinson connected with wide receiver Torrey Smith on an 80-yard touchdown reception. The score was 28-14.

On first down from the West Virginia 26, quarterback Geno Smith threw a screen pass to Tavon Austin. Linebacker Adrian Moten read it well. He jumped in front of Austin, the ball landed in his hands. There was a bit of a scrum. Austin pried the ball out a split second later. Cornerback Trenton Hughes recovered the ball.

The call on the field was an incomplete pass. Maryland challenged the call on the field, but it was upheld after replay. Sitting high above the field in the press box, I knew the play was close but could not tell what had really happened from that distance. After seeing it on replay several times in the press box, I thought Moten had intercepted the ball and that Austin forced a fumble and that Hughes recovered the fumble. It would have given Maryland excellent field position and perhaps – perhaps – changed the complexion of the game.

“I rule an interception, a strip by the receiver and a fumble recovery by Hughes,” Brown said. “That’s how I ruled it. Now, I didn’t have the benefit of watching on ESPN, but I heard their perception was very similar to mine.

“If we get that turnover there, at 28-14, what happens the rest of the game? It’s hard to predict. Even though we got off the field in that series, it still is a momentum swing. The thing is, we made plays, but where was it early?”

I felt that West Virginia, even up 28-0, would do its best to let Maryland back in the game. And the Mountaineers did. The Jock Sanders completion to Kenny Tate was quite interesting. But the Terrapins could not take full advantage of the gifts. So they are 2-1.

By Eric Prisbell  | September 22, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
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Bottom line is we were 10 point underdogs in this game and lost by 14. We weren't supposed to win and we weren't supposed to keep it close. Yet as soon as we lose, the morons go nuts on these blogs demanding Fridge be fired---as if we were supposed to win that game in the first place.

We're going to be 4-1 and 1-0 in the ACC within 2 weeks. And we have all seen in the past what Ralph Friedgen teams do when they get some momentum (usually, they keep winning).

Viva Fridge

Posted by: Barno1 | September 22, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I second Barno. This was one of two plays that could have changed the game. Torrey Smith dropped a pass in the end zone, which would have cut the score to 28-21. People need to relax. Terps'll be alright.

Posted by: aviscardo | September 22, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Terps have 2 winnable games coming up...both at home.

Then we are off for a week.

Then on the road at Clemson, where we have won the last 2 times there ('06 and '08).

Lets get to Clemson 4-1, and see how the season goes from there.


Posted by: johnbecka | September 22, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone recall that at the end of the first half, Ronnie Tyler was in the same situation and it was called and catch and fumble when he never had control of the football? It's funny how it went against us on both plays because of the way it was called on the field and there was not "indisputable evidence" to turn it the other way.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | September 22, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking of the same play diehardTerp.
The WV player actually had Tyler's arms wrapped up before the ball even arrived. It should have been an interference call if anything!

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | September 23, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Refs stank in the WVU game. They blew calls repeatedly, and even when given the opportunity to review, they still blew them.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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