Virginia 31

(6-3, 3-1 away)

Maryland 13

(2-7, 2-5 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:30 PM ET, November 5, 2011

Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD

1 2 3 4 T
UVA 7 7 14 331
MD 3 10 0 013

Top Performers

Passing: M. Rocco (RICH) - 307 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Jones (UVA) - 22 CAR, 139 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Burd (UVA) - 9 REC, 112 YDS

Virginia becomes bowl eligible with win for first time since '07

Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Perry Jones ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns, Michael Rocco threw for two scores, and Virginia beat Maryland 31-13 Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.

The Cavaliers (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 13-7 before scoring the game's final 24 points. By winning four of its last five games, Virginia has reached the mandatory six-victory plateau necessary to earn a bowl invite.

It was also the Cavaliers' first November win in four years.

Jones scored on the game's initial play from scrimmage and added a 1-yard touchdown run in the pivotal third quarter, when the Cavaliers outscored the Terrapins 14-0 to take a 28-13 lead. He had 100 yards rushing in the first half alone.

Maryland (2-7, 1-5) committed five turnovers in its fifth straight loss under first-year coach Randy Edsall.

Edsall started Danny O'Brien at quarterback but also used C.J. Brown. O'Brien went 16 for 36 for 241 yards and two interceptions; Brown was 4 for 7 for 28 yards and an interception.

Rocco completed 23 of 36 passes for 307 yards in his second game since coach Mike London ditched a two-quarterback rotation.

With Virginia up 14-13 in the third quarter, London kept his offense on the field for a fourth-and-goal at the Maryland 1. Jones bounced off left tackle for a touchdown, ending a 95-yard drive that lasted nearly six minutes.

O'Brien responded with a 39-yard completion to Quintin McCree, but two plays later the quarterback threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by Rodney McLeod at the Virginia 27.

That led to a 17-yard touchdown pass from Rocco to Max Milien, and a fourth-quarter field goal made it 31-13 with 13:38 left.

The Cavaliers needed only 20 seconds to blunt the enthusiasm of the home crowd following a Senior Day ceremony in which Maryland honored 16 players before their final home game.

After Virginia's Khalek Shepherd took the opening kickoff 48 yards, Jones ran for a 47-yard touchdown.

Maryland struggled offensively until late in the first quarter, when O'Brien completed successive passes of 35 and 22 yards to Kerry Boykins to set up a first-and-goal at the Virginia 9. A false start penalty interrupted the momentum, and the Terrapins had to settle for a field goal by Nick Ferrara.

The Cavaliers then moved the Maryland 20 before Clifton Richardson lost a fumble, a momentum-changing miscue.

Brown entered at quarterback for the Terrapins, who moved 83 yards in four plays to take a 10-7 lead. Key plays were a 42-yard run by Davin Meggett, a 25-yard run by Brown and a 13-yard touchdown catch by tight end Devonte Campbell.

Midway through the second quarter, the Terrapins stuffed Virginia running back Kevin Parks on a fourth-and-1 at the Maryland 40. The Terrapins got a first-and-goal at the 2, but couldn't push the ball into the end zone and called upon Ferrara to kick a field goal.

Rocco then foiled a blitz with a 34-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Parks, capping a four-play drive that took only 67 seconds.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2416
Total Yards527353
3rd Down Conversions7-153-14
4th Down Conversions1-21-4

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD14:40Perry Jones 47 Yd Run (Robert Randolph Kick) 70
FG00:45Nick Ferrara 24 Yd 73
TD10:48Devonte Campbell 13 Yd Pass From C.J. Brown (Nick Ferrara Kick) 710
FG02:49Nick Ferrara 20 Yd 713
TD01:34Kevin Parks 35 Yd Pass From Michael Rocco (Robert Randolph Kick) 1413
TD07:21Perry Jones 1 Yd Run (Robert Randolph Kick) 2113
TD03:06Max Milien 17 Yd Pass From Michael Rocco (Robert Randolph Kick) 2813
FG13:38Robert Randolph 28 Yd 3113

Research Notes

Virginia beat Maryland 31-13 today. That snapped a 13-game losing streak in November for the Cavaliers. Before today, the last time Virginia won a November game was November 10, 2007, a 48-0 win at Miami (the last game at the Orange Bowl for the Hurricanes).

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