Nov. 14, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore quarterback Jamarr Robinson made his first career start for Maryland, but his 129 rushing yards and 104 passing yards weren't enough to overcome No. 20 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Tyrod Taylor threw for 268 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and the Hokies downed Maryland 36-9.
Ryan Williams ran for 126 yards - his seventh 100-yard game of the season - and scored his 12th touchdown, a single-season record for a Virginia Tech freshman.
Taylor threw each of his TD passes in the first half and the junior finished 13 for 23 and also ran for 81 yards on eight carries.
Robinson, starting in place of an injured Chris Turner, became the first Maryland QB to rush for over 100 yards in eight years (Shaun Hill - 11 rushes for 105 yards vs. Duke, Oct. 20, 2001).
"He makes plays with his feet," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. "His throwing game has to get better."
Kick returner/wide receiver Torrey Smith had four catches for 55 yards and set a single-season Maryland record for all-purpose yards, eclipsing the mark of 1,840 held by LaMont Jordan.
Unfortunately, the injury-riddled Terps lost two more players, defensive back Kenny Tate (ankle) and punter Travis Baltz (broken finger). Friedgen said both probably will miss Maryland's final two games.
The Hokies took the opening kickoff and promptly moved 71 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Williams scored on a 1-yard run immediately after a 30-yard completion to Jarrett Boykin.
Virginia Tech made it 14-0 when Andre Smith caught a 3-yard touchdown pass to cap a 72-yard drive. Taylor then answered a Maryland field goal with a 10-yard TD pass to Dyrell Roberts.
Maryland (2-8, 1-5), which wore black and desert camouflage uniforms as a tribute to the Wounded Warriors Project, had chances to score touchdowns at the end of the first half and early in the third quarter, but couldn't cash in.
The Terps had a first-and-10 at the Virginia Tech 14 with under 1:00 to go in the second quarter. A sack on second down forced Robinson to spike the ball on third down and go for the field goal, but Nick Ferrara's 39-yard attempt was wide right.
Maryland entered the Virginia Tech red zone on its second possession of the third quarter, but came away without points after four straight incompletions.
The Terps scored their lone touchdown when Jared Harrell recovered a Taylor fumble in the end zone with 11:25 remaining in the game.
It was the first fumble recovery returned for a score by the Terps since Josh Wilson went 20 yards for a touchdown at Wake Forest on Sept. 24, 2005.
Material from the Associated Press contributed to this story.