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No. 8 West Virginia outlasts Maryland 31-21

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- 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.

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