Fourth Quarter Rally Pushes Maryland Past Virginia in ACC Showdown

Oct. 1, 2005

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Lance Ball ran for 163 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Maryland amassed 570 yards in offense to hand No. 19 Virginia its first defeat, 45-33 Saturday.

Sam Hollenbach went 25-for-33 for 320 yards and two touchdowns, and Danny Melendez had nine catches for 125 yards to lead the Terrapins (3-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their third straight home win over Virginia (3-1, 1-1).

Marques Hagans threw for 270 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns for the Cavaliers, who also got four field goals from Connor Hughes. Chris Cook also returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown, but it wasn't enough.

Seeking to reverse their fortunes at home after losses to Clemson and West Virginia, the Terps wore their alternate black jerseys for homecoming. Maryland's offense was more of a factor than the uniform switch, but whatever the reason, the Terrapins avoided their first 0-3 start at home since 1993.

The Terrapins trailed 26-24 before a 44-yard pass from Hollenbach to Derrick Fenner set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Ball on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Maryland then forced the Cavaliers to punt for the first time since early in the first quarter.

Virginia appeared poised to get the ball back, but a pass interference call on Marcus Hamilton on a third-and-8 from the Maryland 8 extended the drive, and Ball ran in from the 35 to end the 94-yard march and put the Terrapins up 38-26 with 8:44 to go.

Hagans scored on a 3-yard run to pull Virginia to 38-33, but Maryland clinched the win with an 80-yard drive that concluded with Keon Lattimore's second touchdown run, a 1-yarder with 1:50 left.

Ball, who finished with 17 carries, ran for 93 yards in the first half to help Maryland take a 21-20 halftime lead.

After being intercepted on the Terrapins' second possession, Hollenbach capped a 62-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Melendez. Hollenbach went 4-for-5 on the drive and also converted a fourth-and-1 from the Virginia 43 with a quarterback sneak.

The Cavaliers scored two touchdowns in a 71-second span to go up 14-7. After Hagans ran for an 11-yard score to complete a drive in which he accounted for 62 of 69 yards, Cook got his first career interception return for a touchdown.

Lattimore tied it with a 9-yard TD run, but Hughes put Virginia back in front with a 43-yard field goal.

After Hollenbach went 5-for-5 for 62 yards on an 88-yard march that ended with a 24-yard TD pass to Vernon Davis, Hughes kicked a 39-yard field goal to make it 21-20.

The back-and-forth duel continued into the third quarter. Maryland's Dan Ennis kicked a 45-yard field goal on the opening drive, and Hughes answered with 29-yarder to get Virginia back within a point.

The Cavaliers finally forced Maryland to punt, then took a 26-24 lead on Hughes' fourth field goal.