Terrapins survive upset-minded Virginia

  • Michael Prosser

Maryland tight end Dave Steinbaugh shows that he caught the game winning touchdown pass in the Terps 27-26 win over Virginia (photo courtesy of The Washington Post)

In a game that was about a manic as Guns ‘n’ Roses frontman Axle Rose’s behavior on tour, the Maryland Terrapins survived a scare from the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday, maintaining a steady pace in the ACC Atlantic division and keeping their slim hopes of a Title game birth alive.

Caleb Rowe started in place for the injured CJ Brown and threw for 332 yards and a touchdown, but it was the lone touchdown that mattered most as it turned out to be the game winner with tight end Dave Steinbaugh on the receiving end. Brown, who was injured during last week’s 63-0 blowout at Florida State, still has no timetable on when he’ll return (but speculation is that with a weak Wake Forrest team on the schedule next that he’ll sit out one more game).

Virginia kicked the scoring off with two straight Alec Vozenilek field goals before Maryland’s Brandon Rush punched it in from the goal line to take a one point lead at the end of quarter number one. Ross would score again, this time from 7 yards out in the second quarter to put the Terps up 14-6 before Cav’s quarterback David Watford connected with Jake McGee to bring the Cavaliers back within one. Another Vozenilek field goal put the Cavs up at the half 16-14.

Maryland roared back in the third quarter taking the lead with two straight Brad Craddock field goals, but Virginia answered in the fourth when Virginia running back Kevin Parks scored to put the Cavaliers ahead 23-20. The Defense stopped Virginia and held them to a crucial field goal setting up Rowe’s touchdown pass to Steinbaugh, which wouldn’t have happened had Deon Long not made a spectacular catch between two Virginia defenders on a 3rd and 22 conversion! But with one last shot, Virginia drove down to the Maryland 24 yard line and were poised to win the game, but Vozenilek couldn’t come through in the clutch and the Terps held on.

For Maryland, they go to 5-1 on the season and achieve their first ACC victory. The team travels to Winston-Salem this Saturday to take on the Demon Deacons of Wake Forrest who are coming off of a bye week and are looking to also pull off an upset in front of their fans during Homecoming at BB&T Field. This Wake Forrest team, despite their record, is a team that Maryland can’t overlook. They welcome ACC powerhouse Clemson to Byrd Stadium and don’t wanna foul up against a weaker opponent much like the Tigers almost did against Boston College. For Virginia, they’ve lost three straight, with two of those losses by a combined 12 points. The Cavs travel back home to Charlotsville to take on the Duke Blue Devils who are coming off a 35-7 win against the Naval Academy.

ALL Stats Courtesy of ESPN:

Team Stat Comparison

UVA

MD

1st Downs 29 19
Total Yards 505 468
Passing 263 332
Rushing 242 136
Penalties 5-38 6-48
3rd Down Conversions 8-20 4-12
4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-0
Turnovers 0 3
Possession 37:45 22:15

Passing Leaders

Virginia C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Watford 27/44 263 6.0 1 0
Maryland C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Rowe 18/34 332 9.8 1 0

Rushing Leaders

Virginia CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Parks 28 112 4.0 1 19
Shepherd 10 81 8.1 0 44
Maryland CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Ross 14 88 6.3 2 36
Reid 3 41 13.7 0 38

Receiving Leaders

Virginia REC YDS AVG TD LG
McGee 8 114 14.3 1 38
Parks 5 50 10.0 0 35
Maryland REC YDS AVG TD LG
Long 4 98 24.5 0 47
Diggs 6 96 16.0 0 39
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