Oct. 13, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Stefon Diggs returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and fellow freshman Perry Hills threw for one TD and ran for another as Maryland defeated Virginia 27-20 in Atlantic Coast Conference action on Saturday.
The kickoff return was the beginning of a 17-point lead the Terrapins would build in the first quarter.
Up 7-0, Maryland ended Virginia's first possession when Anthony Nixon intercepted a Phillip Sims pass and returned it to the Virginia 32. Five plays later, Hills connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Justus Pickett to put Maryland ahead 14-0 less than five minutes into the game.
The next series, Virginia pinned the Terrapins at their own 2, but a 27-yard pass from Hills to Kevin Dorsey got Maryland out of trouble. On the next play, Diggs caught a pass and appeared to be hemmed in, but he reversed his field and wove his way down the right side for 60 yards. After two running plays lost yardage, the Terrapins settled for Brad Craddock's 33-yard field goal to make it 17-0 with 4:59 left in the quarter.
Maryland's big pass plays negated a stellar effort by Virginia's run defense. The Terrapins had zero yards rushing in the first half.
Sims, the Alabama transfer making his second start for the Cavaliers, had a rough outing against Maryland's seventh-ranked defense. He had at least three passes batted down at the line of scrimmage, and he lost a fumble on a sack at the Virginia 15 in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers were trying to come back from an 11-point deficit.
After the teams traded three-and-outs in the third quarter, Virginia cut the margin to 17-10 on Sims' 20-yard touchdown pass to a well-covered E.J. Scott, who caught the ball falling down in the back corner of the end zone.
On the next play, Virginia's Will Hill recovered a Hills fumble at the Virginia 31. The Cavaliers reached the Maryland 3, but Sims' third-down lob to tight end Jake McGee was incomplete and Virginia settled for Frye's 22-yard field goal.
A personal foul penalty against Virginia after the field goal forced the Cavaliers to kick off from their 20, and Diggs' return put the Terrapins in business at the Virginia 47. A 22-yard pass from Hills to Furstenburg set up Hills' 6-yard touchdown run to make it 24-13.
Maryland added a 28-yard Craddock field goal after the Sims fumble to make it 27-13. Virginia scored a touchdown on backup quarterback Michael Rocco's 24-yard strike to Jake McGee with 4:10 remaining, but could get no closer.
The Associated Press contributed to this game recap