Terps win at UVA; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The University of Maryland moved to 4-2 overall, and 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 27-20 victory at Virginia. Next-week the Terps will host ACC Atlantic foe NCST. The Wolfpack is 4-2 overall, 1-1 in the ACC.

The Good:

1) Diggs took the opening Kickoff 100 yards, and the Terps had an immediate lead 13 seconds into the game.

2) Jeremiah Johnson had a tackle for loss, on Virginia’s first series. Several plays later, Freshman Safety Anthony Nixon came up with the interception, giving Maryland excellent field position at the Virginia 32.  Kenny Tate got his hands up, and batted the ball to Nixon.

3) On 3rd and 3 from the UVA 25, Diggs picked up a 1st down on Maryland’s first offensive possession. On a 20 yard screen pass from Hills to Pickett, the Terps scored their 2nd TD, early in the 1st Quarter.

4) Leading 14-0, the Terps were able to force a UVA punt and get the ball back.

5) Starting their 2nd series at their own Goal-line, Hills hit Dorsey on a double move for 27 yards. Diggs picked up 60 more immediately after that, taking the ball to the UVA 12 yard line. Craddock would hit from 32 yards out, giving the Terps a 17-0 lead.

6) McDougle had a great open field tackle on 3rd and 6 during UVA’s 3rd series, forcing another Virginia punt.

7) With a long 35 yard gain, Virginia had a 1st and 10 from the Terps 22 early in the 2nd Quarter. Maryland’s defense was able to prevent another 1st down, and UVA faced 4th and 2 from the 14. On their FG attempt, AJ Francis got his hands on the ball and caused the miss, preserving the 17-0 Maryland lead.

8) Virginia’s first full series of the 2nd Quarter reached the Maryland 3 yard line, but the Terps again stood-up and forced another UVA FG attempt. The Cavs would hit that FG, but it could have been worse.

9) After getting gashed for a couple of significant gains on Virginia’s 2nd full drive of the 2nd Quarter, the Terps forced another punt, and got the ball back for their offense with just under 2 minutes left in the half.

10) Cole Farrand continues to move well sideline-to-sideline. He showed another example of that with his tackle for loss to start the 3rd Quarter. Vellano would end the Cavs first series, bringing down Sims and forcing the punt.

11) Maryland’s first series of the 2nd half, started with Hills connecting with Diggs for 24 yards. Pickett had back-to-back catches out of the backfield picking up another 1st. Facing 3rd and 12, Hills delivered a beautiful pass over Leak’s shoulder for 36 yards to the UVA 13.

12) The Terps forced their 5th UVA punt of the day, and 2nd of the 2nd half, when UVA coud do nothing after taking over from their 20 on their 2nd series of the 3rd Quarter.

13) Helped by a Virginia penalty, and another good KR (35 yards) from Diggs; the Terps started their 4th series for the 3rd Quarter from the UVA 47 yard line. On the last play of the 3rd, Hills ran through a Cavs DE, and pushed for additional yardage gaining 5 yards. On 2nd and 5, Hills found Leak for 14 yards. Furstenburg took the ball to the UVA 6, with a 22 yard grab in traffic. Coming out of a Timeout, Hills kept it himself, and ran it in for the TD. Furstenburg also had a nice block on the TD run. With the made extra-point, the Terps went up 24-13.

14) Up 24-13, Maryland allowed one 1st down, but then came up with the 3rd and 1 stop from the UVA 42. The Cavs punted, and Maryland regained possession with the 11 point lead, and under 11 minutes left to play.

15) AJ Francis recovered a UVA fumble deep in Virginia territory in the 4th. With a 1st and 10 from the Virginia 15, the Terps gained 5 yards on a Pickett rush. Craddock would hit from 28 yards out, and Maryland went up 27-13 with just over 6 minutes remaining.

16) Maryland’s defense came with the necessary stop to end the game, and allow Maryland to run out the clock.

The Bad:

1) Diggs’ 60 yard catch on Maryland’s 2nd series brought the Terps to a 1st and 10 from the Virginia 12 yard line. The Terps wound up facing 4th and 13 from the 15 yard line and had to settle for a FG attempt.

2) Leading 17-0, Maryland had a poor offensive series. Devin Burns was inserted at QB to start the possession. With Hills coming right back in the game. Helped by a UVA penalty, Maryland had 3rd and 3 from their own 25. A Terps penalty backed Maryland into a 3rd and 8. Unable to pick it up, Maryland had to punt for the first time.

3) UVA ended the 1st Quarter getting a 35 yard pass from Sims to Murray, taking the ball to the Maryland 22.

4) Kevin Parker ripped off a 26 yard gain for the Cavaliers on UVA’s first full series of the 2nd Quarter, taking the ball to the Terps 29. Another 10 yard gain from Parker, gave UVA another 1st down from the MD 19. UVA also picked up 3rd and 1 from the MD 9, rushing for the 1st. The series start at the UVA 45, and reached the Maryland 3; with UVA rushing the ball 7 times (with 2 incomplete pass attempts) against the Terps lauded run defense. Unable to find the end zone from the 3 yard line, UVA settled for a FG. That made FG made it a 17-3 game.

5) Up 17-3, Maryland took over with 1st and 10 from their 40 with 6+ minutes left in the 1st half. Pickett would rush for just 1 yard on 1st down, and Hills would go incomplete on the next two plays. That caused a punt, giving the ball back to Virginia.

6) With 5 minutes left in the 1st half, the Cavs started their series from their own 18. Jones gained a 1st down on a 14 yard rush. On 3rd and 12, the Terps allowed Sims to escape for 14 more.

7) The Terps regained possession, up 17-3, with just under 2 minutes left in the 1st half. With Hills unable to pick up the 1st on a 3rd and 1 QB sneak, the Terps had to punt; giving UVA another opportunity for points in the last 48 seconds of the 2nd Quarter.

8) Virginia found the end zone and pulled within 7 at 17-10, scoring a TD on their 3rd drive of the 3rd Quarter. Following a 22 yards run from Parks, which gave the Cavs a 1st and 10 from the Maryland 20, Sims delivered a strike to Scott in the corner of the end zone for the UVA score.

9) After UVA took over following the 3rd Quarter fumble from Hills, Parks picked up a 19 yard gain on the ground, giving the Cavs 1st and 10 from the Terps 12. A made FG would make it a 17-13 gain, with 30 seconds left in the Quarter.

10) Up 11 with just under 11 minutes left, Maryland started their 1st series of the 4th Quarter. Things got derailed quickly, when Pickett had a 3 yard loss on 1st down.

11) Up 27-20 with 4:10 on the clock, Maryland needed to get a couple of firsts and move the clock. The Terps were not able to pick up one 1st, as Hills was sacked on 3rd and 4, forcing a Maryland punt.

The Ugly:

1) Maryland’s first series of the 2nd Quarter saw the Terps facing 3rd and 15 from their own 15. A low snap helped disrupt the timing, and caused Hills to be sacked and fumble. Maryland recovered the fumble, but that could have been a disaster.

2) The Terps faced 3rd and 7 from the UVA 10 yard line on their first series of the 2nd half. Furstenburg was wide open to walk into the end zone, but Hills’ pass was high and Furstenburg could not corral (though even high, it should have been made). Things got worse on the following play when Craddock missed from 27 yards out.

3) Maryland punted on their 2nd series of the 2nd half, giving themselves 5 punts and the missed Craddock FG over 6 consecutive series.

4) Following UVA’s 3rd Quarter TD, Maryland (Ryan Schlothauer) fumbled the kickoff (though they recovered), as the Cavs attempted to avoid Diggs. On the Terps first play of the series, Hills fumbled the exchange and UVA took over.

5) Maryland had 28 rushing attempts for an anemic 3 yards. Pickett had 15 carries for -8 yards.

6) Holding a 2 TD lead with 6 minutes left in the game, the Maryland defense could have effectively ended the game with a defensive stop. Instead they allowed Virginia to drive from their own 18 yard line, all the way for a TD in just under 2 minutes. The 10 play drive had UVA make a QB change, and the new QB Rocco was 5 of 7 for 79 yards on the series.

For the 4th consecutive game, Maryland was shut-out in the 3rd Quarter.
Virginia out-gained the Terps, 389-238, and 20 first downs to 11.
Maryland had just 1 penalty.
The Terps fumbled the ball 3 times, losing the ball just once.
Maryland’s strong run defense allowed 172 yards on the ground.
Hills was 14 of 26 for 236 yards, and 1 TD.
Diggs had 4 catches for 88 yards, Leak had 5 catches for 68.

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Written by Chris Stoner
6 years ago
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Chris Stoner founded Baltimore Sports and Life in 2009. He has appeared as a radio guest with 1090 WBAL, 105.7 The Fan, CBS 1300, Q1370, WOYK 1350, WKAV 1400, and WNST 1570. He has also been interviewed by The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Business Journal, and PressBox (TV). As Owner, his responsibilities include serving as the Managing Editor, Publicist, & Sales Director. You can reach him via email at [email protected].


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