Career-best games by freshmen Perry Hills and Stefon Diggs couldn't give Maryland a lift.
Hills threw three touchdown passes, but the Terrapins' offense didn't take advantage of a solid effort by its defense in a 31-21 loss to No. 8 West Virginia on Saturday.
Maryland (2-2) limited West Virginia to 363 yards, which pales in comparison to the 56 points and 612 yards the Mountaineers averaged in its first two games against non-BCS conference opponents.
Hills went 20 of 29 passing for 305 yards, all season highs, and had some success moving the Maryland offense with misdirection plays and screen passes. Maryland had more yards at halftime (212) than it did all of its last game, a home loss to Connecticut, and only trailed by 10.
But Hills was sacked five times and had little luck in the second half. With Maryland facing fourth-and-21 from its 32 with four minutes left in the game, Hills was intercepted by Wes Tonkery at the West Virginia 28 and the Mountaineers ran out the clock.