Mountaineers push Terps down, 42-20 Zereoue, Bulger are unstoppable in rout

September 20, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Maryland's football rebuilding project received a massive setback last night in front of a hostile West Virginia crowd that watched Amos Zereoue recharge his Heisman Trophy batteries and send the No. 19 Mountaineers on their way to a 42-20 victory.

Zereoue bounced back from a less-than-thrilling performance two weeks ago in a season-opening loss to No. 1 Ohio State with some scintillating runs and softened the Maryland defense for a spectacular passing performance by junior quarterback Marc Bulger.

On one first-half run for nine yards, Zereoue actually appeared to stop on a dime, as his calling card says before cutting back for the good gain.

Zereoue needed less than three quarters to roll up 135 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and Bulger completed 20 of 25 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns.

For Maryland, the big story was the opening of a potential quarterback controversy when coach Ron Vanderlinden inserted his freshman quarterback of the future, Randall Jones, early in the third quarter and sent junior starter Ken Mastrole to the bench when the West Virginia lead reached 35-3.

Jones, of Thomas Johnson High in Frederick, had some early jitters, fumbling on his first series on an attempted pitchout at the Maryland 13.

But he bounced back to lead the Terps to 17 second-half points, completing 5 of 7 passes for 70 yards and running 13 times for 49 yards.

That left Vanderlinden with the obvious question of what to do next week.

"It's too early to make any decisions [on who will start Saturday]," Vanderlinden said. "I was impressed with the job Randall did coming off the bench, but I still have confidence in Ken Mastrole. I really don't want to say anything else about it now."

But it's apparent Vanderlinden is leaning more and more to the elusive Jones each week.

"We were waiting for a chance to get Randall in the game," Vanderlinden said.

Jones said, "I was so nervous I hit my knee when I tried to pitch the ball out and fumbled."

When asked where he thought he stood going into next week's game against Temple, Jones said, "That's up to the coach."

Mastrole said he was "disappointed " to be pulled out of the game but he vowed to "keep working hard."

West Virginia's Bulger re-opened all of the 1997 Maryland secondary's wounds with a near-perfect passing performance, taking advantage of the superior height of his receivers to complete pass after pass on the Terps' 5-foot-8, 175-pound cornerback Lynde Washington.

Washington just couldn't stop Bulger from finding 6-2 split end Khori Ivy, 6-1 flanker Shawn Foreman and 6-2 split end David Saunders.

Ivy caught five passes for 93 yards and one touchdown, Foreman had three receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown, and Saunders grabbed four passes for 36 yards.

While Zereoue and Bulger led the ripping of the Terps (1-2) on the field, the fans of West Virginia (1-1) more than lived up to their history of imappropriate behavior.

Two golf balls and a whiskey bottle were heaved on the field during the game, drawing two penalties. The first golf ball toss only drew a warning.

Maryland took several steps backward after an encouraging effort last week against No. 10 Virginia on the road in a 31-19 loss.

The Terps were never really in the game after West Virginia drove 92 yards in 10 plays to score on the final play of the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

The Mountaineers built a 28-3 lead at halftime and the score reached 42-3 in the third quarter.

Next for Maryland

Opponent: Temple

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Record: 0-3

Yesterday: Lost to Boston College, 31-7

Making Amos famous

Of Amos Zereoue's top 12 rushing games, three have been vs. Maryland:

Yds .. Att.. Opponent, Yr.

234 .. 32 .. Notre Dame, '97

206 .. 25 .. Miami, '97

199 .. 31 .. E. Carolina, '97

174 .. 27 .. Marshall, '97

153 .. 29 .. Va. Tech, '97

151 .. 41 .. Pitt, '97

149 .. 16 .. W. Michigan, '96

145 .. 30 .. Maryland, '97

145 .. 31 .. Maryland, '96

136 .. 18 .. Temple, '96

135 .. 24 .. Maryland, '98

135 .. 12 .. Pitt, '96

Pub Date: 9/20/98

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