‘Eers prepare for Terps

MORGANTOWN – Third-year head coach Dana Holgorsen hasn’t been around long enough to understand the importance rivalries play for the Mountaineers and their rabid fan base.

Fortunately, the former-Oklahoma State offensive coordinator has Director of Athletics Oliver Luck, who played in a number of them, around to help remind him.

“It (playing Maryland) is something that is important to our administration,” Holgorsen said during Monday’s weekly Big 12 teleconference. “I know Oliver is in talks with a bunch of our past rivals. He already has us locked in to play Virginia Tech and it looks as if we will be adding others in the future.

“I know we have these guys (the Terrapins) on the schedule for the next couple of years.” The rivalry has been a bit lopsided lately as WVU has captured the last seven contests, including last year’s 31-21 win at Mountaineer Field, but the Mountaineers’ head coach understands that his team is in for a test at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Baltimore, Md.

“They (Maryland) have been improving and have two of the best receivers that we will see all season.”

That wasn’t the case last Saturday as the defense held visiting Georgia State to under 100 yards in the air in a 41-7 victory.

“Not really,” the coach explained when asked about the defense’s improved play. “Defensively, I knew we were going to be ahead of the offense. Maryland will bring a different test for us because they have some very skilled players on offense.”

One of those will be sophomore Stefan Diggs.

The Baltimore native, who graduated from the same high school that produced WVU’s Tavon Austin, was a nightmare for the prevent and special teams units last year and comes into Saturday’s contest with 16 receptions for 387 yards and three touchdowns (129.0 ypg).

It will also be freshman Ford Childress’ first opportunity to feel the intensity that comes with playing in the ‘Border State War.’

“Consistency and improvement, he’s got a long way to go with both. But, the stage is obviously set for him as this will be a bigger test this week.”

In other news the Big 12 conference announced that the Saturday, Sept. 28, meeting with preseason favorite Oklahoma State will take place at noon at Milan Puskar Stadium and will be televised by either ABC, ESPN or ESPNU. The exact network will be decided following this weekend’s games.