Scores

Final

Virginia 20

(3-3, 2-0 ACC)

Maryland 9

(2-5, 1-2 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPNU

4:00 PM ET, October 17, 2009

Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD

1 2 3 4 T
UVA 3 0 10 720
MD 0 6 3 09

Top Performers

Passing: J. Sewell (UVA) - 137 YDS

Rushing: R. Jackson (UVA) - 19 CAR, 90 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: V. Hall (UVA) - 5 REC, 53 YDS

Missed opportunities ruin Maryland as Virginia reels off 3rd straight win

Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Virginia defensive end Nate Collins scored on a 32-yard interception return to help the Cavaliers beat Maryland 20-9 in a cold, steady rain on Saturday.

It was the third straight victory for Virginia (3-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Cavaliers trailed 9-3 late in the third quarter before scoring 10 points in a 19-second span.

After Robert Randolph kicked a 31-yard field goal, linebacker Darren Childs deflected a pass by Maryland quarterback Chris Turner. The 290-pound Collins latched onto the ball, broke to his left and took it down the sideline into the end zone.

Maryland's Nick Ferrara missed field goal tries of 44 and 37 yards in the fourth quarter. Then, after Turner threw an incomplete on a fourth-and-17 from the Maryland 2, Rashawn Jackson scored for Virginia with 1:43 left.

The Terrapins (2-5, 1-2) have lost four of five.

Maryland fumbled four times, losing two, and Turner was intercepted twice.

Virginia played the fourth quarter without quarterback Jameel Sewell, who left with an undisclosed injury. The Cavaliers finished with 67 yards rushing, the first time in 16 games since 1957 that Virginia beat Maryland when rushing for fewer than 100 yards.

After Ferrara kicked a 29-yard field goal to make it 9-3 with 6:08 left in the third quarter, a fluky reception by Virginia's Kris Burd set up Randolph's second field goal. Burd was on his back near the sideline when Antoine Perez dropped a potential interception, and the ball landed on Burd's chest for a 28-yard gain.

Then Collins gave the Cavaliers the lead for good. It was the third interception returned for a touchdown against Maryland this season.

The Terrapins finished with a minus-3 turnover differential and are minus-13 for the season.

Maryland led 6-3 at halftime after holding the Cavaliers to 12 yards on 15 plays in the second quarter.

The Terrapins' first drive ended with a fumble by David Meggett at the Virginia 24, setting the tone for the afternoon.

On their second possession, the Cavaliers had a first-and-goal at the Maryland 1 but had to settle for a 32-yard field goal. The Terrapins tied it when linebacker Adrian Moten forced a fumble by Sewell at the Virginia 33 and Ferrara followed with a 48-yard field goal.

An attempted rugby punt by the Cavaliers' Jimmy Howell went for minus-3 yards and went out of bounds at the Virginia 40, setting up a 30-yard field goal.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UVA
MD
1st Downs917
Total Yards201284
Passing138158
Rushing63126
Penalties7-542-15
3rd Down Conversions4-165-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers14
Possession30:4729:13

Passing Leaders

VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sewell13/231376.000
MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner16/381584.202

Rushing Leaders

VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson19904.7115
Mack492.309
MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Meggett11524.7010
Douglas6498.2012

Receiving Leaders

VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hall55310.6029
Burd23517.5028
MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith33411.3017
Cannon3248.0011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUVAMD
FG01:47Robert Randolph 32 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERUVAMD
FG13:14Nick Ferrara 48 Yd 33
FG01:39Nick Ferrara 30 Yd 36
THIRD QUARTERUVAMD
FG06:08Nick Ferrara 29 Yd 39
FG02:02Robert Randolph 31 Yd 69
TD01:43Nate Collins 32 Yd Interception Return (Drew Jarrett Kick) 139
FOURTH QUARTERUVAMD
TD01:43Rashawn Jackson 2 Yd Run (Drew Jarrett Kick) 209