Terps Fall To Virignia 20-9 - Game Recap

TSR's Ross Leonhart recaps Maryland's homecoming defeat against Virginia in a sloppy game.

The Terps offensive mistakes late in the game proved to be the difference in a game plagued by rainy weather.

After exchanging field goals most of the first half in the rain, the first touchdown of the game came with 1:43 left in the third quarter. Turner's pass was intercepted at the line of scrimmage by Nate Collins and returned 32 yards for what would be the game winning score.

“There's nothing I can do about it,” said Turner. “I'm going out and playing my heart out. That's just the way the chips fall I guess, I don't know.”

In the rain, the Terps fumbled the ball four times losing possession twice, and Turner added two interceptions. The Terps kept their penalties low, only two for 15 yards.

“Until we stop turning the ball over,” said head coach Ralph Friedgen. “We are just giving the games away. I don't think these teams are really much better than us, but we just keep shooting ourselves in the foot.”

The Terps struggling running game found its stride rushing for over 120 yards. The backfield was led by sophomore Davin Meggett, running for 52 yards, and freshman Gary Douglas who added 49 yards.

“We kind of narrowed our game plan down and tried to be good at something,” said Friedgen. “If we didn't have those fumbles, I think our offense would have done more.”

The Maryland defense rebounded after last weeks performance at Wake Forest, holding the Cavaliers to 63 rushing yards, including 2 yards in the first half.

“We were lucky our defense played so well,” said Friedgen. “Otherwise we would have been in trouble a lot earlier.”

Junior linebacker Alex Wujciak had his fifth game of the season with double-digit tackles recording 14 against the Cavaliers.

The Terps defense got after the Virginia quarterbacks and sacked them a season-high five times.

“Its upsetting,” said junior linebacker Adrian Moten. “We had the game won, and we had too many mistakes on both sides of the ball and special teams. We just have to come out next week and beat Duke.”

“They really, really played,” said coach Friedgen of his defense. “I have nothing but the highest level of admiration for what these kids gave me tonight and how they've stuck together and kept believing and been unified.”

The Terps freshman kicker Nick Ferrara hit a career high three field goals, including a 48 yarders that seconds his career long of 50 from last week against the Demon Decons.

The Terps are now 2-5, and if they keep shooting themselves in the foot with turnovers, they will soon be shooting themselves out of the bowl eligibility.

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