The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

September 20, 2013

Terrapin coach has had little success against WVU

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall knows West Virginia well. That doesn’t mean he enjoys playing the Mountaineers.

The Terrapins’ third-year coach, who will meet Dana Holgorsen’s WVU squad Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU, will be coaching against WVU for the 10th time and looking for just his second win.

The head coach at Connecticut from 1999 through 2010, Edsall lost six straight against the Mountaineers from 2004 through 2009 before finally picking up an overtime victory over WVU at Rentschler Field in 2010.

Edsall left for Maryland following that season, which included a Fiesta Bowl trip for the Huskies, and he began a new losing streak against WVU, dropping his first two as head coach of the Terps.

If Edsall can find his second win against the Mountaineers (2-1), he’ll also end a seven-game Maryland losing streak in the series.

“We know we got a tremendous challenge,” said the coach of the 3-0 Terps. “We haven’t beaten West Virginia in seven (straight games). They’re a very good football team that is playing well at this point in time, so we’re going to have to make sure that we go out and have a good week of practice and prepare the right way.”

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WVU athletic director Oliver Luck announced Thursday that the WVU-Penn State football series will be renewed for two games beginning in 2023.

WVU will travel to State College, Pa., on Sept. 2, 2023, and the Nittany Lions will come to Morgantown on Aug. 31, 2024.

“I know how exciting it was to play in Beaver Stadium and to have the Nittany Lions come to Morgantown,” said Luck, who experienced the rivalry as a Mountaineer quarterback. “I think the renewal of this series will be great for the fan bases of the two schools as both locations provide an easy drive.

“I want to thank (PSU) athletic director Dave Joyner and coach Bill O’Brien for their efforts in getting this series renewed. Both universities have rich traditions and history, and to be able to revive the memories and the fun is what makes college football so special.”

WVU has played Penn State in its history more times than any school, other than Pitt and Syracuse. The Mountaineers and Nittany Lions have played 59 times, with PSU holding a 48-9-2 advantage. The teams played every year from 1947 until 1992. The Last meeting was a 40-26 PSU win in Morgantown before the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten Conference.

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