September 16, 2007

Rod says sacks make D difference

Knocked down in early September; picked back up in five days.

That's life for the West Virginia defense. While it allowed more than 255 yards in the air through the first two victories of this 4th-ranked, 2-0 thus-far season, West Virginia's defenders played perhaps their most complete game Thursday of the Rich Rodriguez era.

In beating now 2-1 Maryland, the Mountaineers allowed only 14 points, 15 first downs, 180 yards through the air and just 89 on the ground. In effect, middle linebacker Reed Williams (32 tackles in three games) and Terrapin baiter Johnny Dingle (2 TFLs at Byrd) forced head coach Ralph Friedgen and first-year starting quarterback Jordan Steffy to become one dimensional.

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