EYEWITNESS SPORTSSports Recap 9-22-12
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WVU, MU Both Win
Reported by: Associated Press
September 22, 2012
Geno Smith threw three touchdown passes to Tavon Austin and No. 8 West Virginia outlasted Maryland 31-21 on Saturday.
Doug Rigg returned a fumble 51 yards for West Virginia (3-0) and Austin had another remarkable game against his home-state Terrapins. The Baltimore native caught 13 passes for 179 yards and set a school record for career receptions.
But West Virginia looked flat at times on offense, after averaging 56 points and 612 yards in its first two games. Smith had as many incompletions in the first half (nine) as he did in the first two games combined. He finished 30 of 43 for 338 yards.
For Maryland (2-2), freshman Perry Hills threw for a season-high 305 yards and three touchdowns, two to freshman Stefon Diggs.
In Houston, TX:
Kevin Grooms rushed for three touchdowns, including the game-winner in double-overtime, as Marshall defeated Rice 54-51 Saturday in the Conference USA opener for both schools.
Grooms' 5-yard TD run in double-OT came after the Thundering Herd (2-2) held the Owls (1-3) to a field goal on their possession.
Groom had 103 yards rushing on 12 carries, Steward Butler added 166 yards and a TD on 18 carries, and Marshall finished with 334 yards on the ground. Rakeem Cato was 28 of 39 for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
That was enough to overcome Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue, who threw for 314 yards and three TDs while also rushing for 153 yards and a score.
McHargue scored on a 43-yard run with 3:17 left in regulation, and Rice added a 23-yard field goal by Chris Boswell with no time left to send the game into overtime.
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