Oct. 4, 2008
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Marc Verica threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Virginia beat Maryland, 31-0 on Saturday night, snapping the Terps' three-game winning streak.
The Cavaliers (2-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) not only found a quarterback, but also their running game. Cedric Peerman ran for 110 yards, including a 9-yard third quarter touchdown.
That score, on a fourth-and-1 play, put Maryland (4-2, 1-1) in a 31-0 hole, and made certain that the Cavaliers wouldn't blow it this time. Two years ago, Virginia led the Terrapins 20-0 at halftime, then gave up 28 consecutive points and lost 28-26 at home.
Sparked first by its defense, and then by Verica, the Cavaliers were in control through most of the game.
Verica drew praise after his first start even though the team lost 45-10 at Connecticut, then threw four interceptions last week as the Cavaliers helped Duke end its 25-game ACC losing streak. He played like he was energized to finally get to play at home.
Maryland tried to jump-start its offense in the second half, but Obi Egekeze's attempt at an onside kick to start the half went only four yards and was downed at the Terps' 49.
That led to a 32-yard field goal by Yannick Reyering, and Terps tight end Dan Gronkowski was stripped by Vic Hall three plays later and Corey Mosley recovered for the Cavaliers.
Eleven plays and 61 yards later, Peerman went around the left side on the fourth-down play from the 9, found room on the sidelines and dove into the end zone to complete the scoring.
Chris Turner completed 20 of 34 passes for 223 yards, but the Terps could muster just 79 yards on the ground.
Wide receiver Ronnie Tyler was a bright spot for the Terps, posting a career-best five receptions for 56 yards.
The Terps are off until Saturday, Oct. 18 when they play host to Wake Forest.
The Associated Press contributed to this story