SUMMARY: On a cold, wet Homecoming afternoon, Maryland stuck to a more conventional rainy-day game plan, handing the ball off on its first eight plays. Virginia, on the other hand, aired it out, allowing quarterback Jameel Sewell to lead a 14-play, 55-yard scoring drive with his arm. Sewell moved his offense to less than three feet from the end zone on first down of that drive, but a big sack by linebacker Alex Wujciak, who leads the ACC in tackles, stalled the drive and held Virginia to just three points.
KEY PLAY: A yard from the end zone with less than four minutes to go, Virginia got penalized for a false start then gave up a 7-yard loss on a sack by Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak, backpedaling to the 13 and significantly diminishing its hopes for a touchdown.
KEY PLAYER: Despite the sloppy conditions, Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell managed to go 8-for-10 for 78 yards.
KEY STAT: Maryland couldn't muster a single passing yard in the quarter, while Virginia racked up 78.
SCORE: Virginia 3, Maryland 0
SUMMARY: Maryland set the tone on the second play of the quarter, when linebacker Adrian Moten sacked Sewell and forced a fumble that lineman Travis Ivey recovered for Maryland. On the ensuing drive, Nick Ferrara drilled a 48-yard field goal for Maryland that tied the game. In a sloppy quarter that featured three fumbles, Ferrara drilled a 30-yarder with less than two minutes remaining that gave Maryland a slim lead going into the locker room.
KEY PLAY: On the second play, Moten sacked Sewell for a loss of eight yards. Sewell lost the ball and Ivey recovered, leading to a tying field goal.
KEY PLAYER: Moten had a sack and forced a turnover that led to three Maryland points.
KEY STAT: Virginia rushed the ball 18 times for -1 yards in the first half. Sewell was sacked four times during the first 30 minutes.
SCORE: Maryland 6, Virginia 3
SUMMARY: After three sloppy drives by both teams and more than five minutes off the clock without a first down, Maryland managed to tack three points on the board after an 8-play, 53-yard drive. Virginia drove down the field with a methodical 12-play drive that led to a field goal, slicing the lead to 9-6. The tide turned for good on the second play of Maryland's next drive, though, when quarterback Chris Turner's pass attempt was tipped by Virginia linebacker Darren Childs and grabbed by tackle Nate Collins, who took it to the house and gave Virginia the lead.
KEY PLAY: Ahead by three points, Maryland relinquished its lead for good when Turner was picked off by Collins, who returned the ball 32 yards for a go-ahead touchdown with 1:43 left.
KEY PLAYER: In a quarter with little offensive production, Collins and his pick-six gave Virginia a lead it would not give up.
KEY STAT: The two teams went a combined 2-for-7 on third down.
SCORE: Virginia 13, Maryland 9
SUMMARY: Maryland took to the field in the fourth quarter with a sudden sense of urgency. It drove the ball 45 yards on its first drive and set up a 37-yard field goal attempt for Ferrara, but he missed. After a Virginia 3-and-out, Maryland drove the ball 43 yards to set up another field goal for Ferrara, but he missed again, this one from 44 yards. Virginia burned three minutes off the clock, but Maryland would get the ball back inside its 10-yard line. Collins sacked Turner for a loss of seven, and Maryland would turn the ball over on downs at the 2-yard line. Virginia running back Rashawn Jackson punched the ball in for a game-sealing touchdown.
KEY PLAY: With less than two minutes remaining, Turner's incompletion on fourth down, broken up by safety Rodney McLeod, led to a turnover on downs and sealed Virginia's victory.
KEY PLAYER: Ferrara missed field goal attempts of 37 and 44 yards on back-to-back drives that kept Virginia's lead at four.
KEY STAT: Maryland lost the turnover battle 4-1. The Terrapins have a -13 turnover margin on the season.
SCORE: Virginia 20, Maryland 9