Oct. 17, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Despite a solid defensive effort, Maryland was upended by Virginia on Homecoming in a cold, steady rain.
The Terps held a 9-6 late in the third quarter, but defensive end Nate Collins scored on a 32-yard interception return for the Cavaliers (3-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
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 tried to mount a comeback, but the Terps missed field goal tries of 44 and 37 yards in the fourth quarter. Then, after Turner threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-17 from the Maryland 2, Rashawn Jackson scored for Virginia with 1:43 left.
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.
The Terps (2-5, 1-2) had a season-high five sacks and surrendered just 201 total yards of offense to Virginia, the lowest output by a Maryland opponent since allowing 163 to Florida International in 2007. However, the defense was unable to make up for four turnovers by the offense.
Maryland led 6-3 at halftime after holding the Cavaliers to 12 yards on 15 plays in the second quarter.
Material from the Associated Press contributed to this story