W.Virginia 34, Maryland 33
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ Backup Darren Studstill threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter Saturday to rally West Virginia from a 19-point deficit for a 34-33 victory over Maryland.
West Virginia (2-0-1) took the lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Studstill to tailback Adrian Murrell in the left corner of the end zone with 1:20 left.
Maryland (0-3) had one more chance, but John Kaleo’s pass fell incomplete on fourth-and-8 at the 35.
Studstill, who started the Mountaineers’ opener but was benched in favor of transfer Jake Kelchner the following week, took over at the start of the second half after Kelchner hurt his throwing elbow.
Studstill completed two of four for 12 yards in the third quarter. Maryland, meanwhile, ballooned its lead from 17-14 at halftime to 33-14 with 14:48 to play left after a 12-yard scoring pass from Kaleo to Marcus Badgett.
But Studstill and West Virginia woke up. He found Murrell for a 10-yard score on the next drive to cut it to 33-21.
Then Studstill drove West Virginia 73 yards in nine plays, on an 18-yard scramble. The touchdown came on a 6-yard pass to Ed Hill.
On the final drive, Studstill faced fourth-and-11 from the West Virginia 44. He rolled left and threw a spiral to Jay Kearney for a 21-yard gain.
Murrell, who rushed 21 times for 115 yards, scored three plays later.
But premature celebrating by Murrell and his teammates almost cost West Virginia. West Virginia was penalized 15 yards when Murrell threw the ball into the stands after the score, and another 15 was tacked on when West Virginia reserves spilled onto the field.
Maryland took one of the penalties on the conversion, forcing West Virginia to try for 2 points from 18 yards out. Studstill, looking to pass, was forced out of bounds.
The second penalty was assessed on the kickoff, forcing West Virginia to kick from its own 20.
Maryland fielded the ball at its 43 with 1:18 left and drove to West Virginia 30 before the drive stalled.
Kaleo finished 22 of 41 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
It was the second straight tough loss for first-year Terrapins coach Mark Duffner. Maryland, which has dropped eight straight over two years, had more than 500 yards last week yet lost 14-10 to North Carolina State.
Murrell also caught two passes for 30 yards, both for touchdowns.
Studstill completed 14 of 21 passes for 166 yards, 154 coming in the fourth quarter.