Wednesday, December 11, 2013 11:37 PM
Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. A.J. Hendy was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Saturday against West Virginia.
Published on: Thursday, September 26, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
The University of Maryland football team posted a 37-0 shutout against West Virginia on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
West Virginia came into the match with a 2-1 record, but Maryland’s high-powered offense and relentless defense proved too much to handle as the Terps improved to 4-0.
“Any time you win, it feels really good, but to be able to shut somebody out is extra special,” Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall said. “The thing that I liked about today is it was a total team effort. I thought the offense really did some good things. I thought defensively we really did a super job. The defense ended up getting turnovers right back to us.”
It was the Mountaineers’ first shutout loss since falling 35-0 to Virginia Tech in 2001.
Dave Stinebaugh scored first for Maryland on a six-yard pass from quarterback C.J. Brown in the first quarter.
Bowie native A.J. Hendy made a huge play. He dropped back to pick off an errant pass and returned it 28 yards to put his team up by two touchdowns, 14-0. He also recovered two fumbles and was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.
“West Virginia’s offense has some good receivers,” Hendy said. “Their quarterback has a strong arm, but I feel like today we had a good game plan for them and we prepared well. There’s a lot of speed out there, the guys in front of me are working hard.”
Maryland kicker Brad Craddock nailed three field goals — including a 50-yard kick late in the second quarter — to slowly put West Virginia out of contention.
Brown put Maryland up by 30 points by the way of a one-yard touchdown run. He threw for 217 yards by games’ end.
“We are a very balanced team,” Brown said. “Today the defense stepped up. They (forced) six turnovers and gave us unbelievable field position. The biggest thing for us is that, offensively, we didn’t play that well, but we still put points on the board. Instead of field goals, we need touchdowns, and that is the biggest flaw right now is being able to punch the ball in and put teams away early.”
Brandon Ross finished the rout with a three-yard touchdown run with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to add to his 88 yards on the ground. Maryland will face ACC rival Florida State on Saturday.