CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Anger and emotion proved to be a
powerful combination for Virginia.
The Cavaliers used a near-flawless game by Matt Schaub and big
plays by its defense to stun No. 18 Maryland 48-13 Saturday night.
Schaub threw three touchdown passes and Wali Lundy scored three
times for the Cavaliers, who came in angry that Maryland coach
Ralph Friedgen compared them to lowly Duke.
"They compared us to Duke!'' linebacker Merrill Robertson said,
referring to a comment from Friedgen that the Terps expect to beat
teams like Duke and Virginia. "That really ticked us off. We put
it on 'em.''
Virginia (8-4, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), picked to finish
eighth in the league in the preseason, instead wrapped up second
place and likely enhanced its bowl stake with Peach and Tangerine
bowl officials watching.
The loss ended Maryland's eight-game winning streak.
Schaub was 23-for-27 for 249 yards, becoming the Cavaliers'
single-season yardage leader with 2,751 and extending his TD pass
record to 26.
Billy McMullen caught seven passes for 92 yards, becoming only
the third player in ACC history to get 200 career receptions. He
has 205, and he also threw a touchdown pass.
"I think we beat the fight out of them after a while,''
McMullen said of the Terrapins (9-3, 5-2), who came into the game
eyeing a chance to repeat as ACC champions and wound up yielding
second place to Virginia.
"With four or five minutes left, they just gave up,'' McMullen
Maryland drove easily downfield on its opening possession, using
eight plays to go 80 yards and taking a 7-0 lead on Scott McBrien's
11-yard pass to Chris Downs. Before the Terps scored again, they
"They beat our butts,'' Friedgen said, adding that he was
"crushed'' that his team failed to take advantage of the chance to
share the league title after North Carolina State's 17-7 victory
over Florida State.
"How many times do you have an opportunity like that to win a
conference championship and maybe go to a BCS game?'' Friedgen
A 20-point second quarter by Virginia set the tone, and two
touchdown drives in the first half of the third quarter gave
Virginia a 34-7 lead.
The Terps came out for the third quarter expecting to rally, but
Virginia kept its momentum going.
"I thought we'd do something, try to put a couple a big plays
together, but it didn't happen,'' Maryland linebacker E.J.
Henderson said. "Virginia stayed on top of its game and kept us
The first touchdown of the third quarter came on a second-and-7
play from the Maryland 37. McMullen got the handoff on a double
reverse and ran right into the face of Terps lineman Durrand
Roundtree, somehown spun free and hit a wide open Michael McGrew
with a leaping line drive pass.
"I looked like Randall Cunningham out there,'' McMullen said,
The Cavaliers forced Maryland to punt and soon faced
third-and-21 from the Terps' 24. They escaped when Lundy took a
screen pass all the way.
Lundy ran for 84 yards and caught four passes for 54 yards.
Virginia, which has won five games after trailing at halftime,
used its explosive second quarter to take a 20-7 lead into the
Connor Hughes started Virginia's scoring with a 47-yard field
goal, the first of his career, on the first play of the second
Then, the momentum changed in a hurry.
First, Scooter Monroe let what would have been an 80-yard
touchdown pass go through his hands and off his knees. Two plays
later, Jermaine Hardy intercepted McBrien's pass and returned it to
the Terps' 27.
"I thought it was thrown farther,'' Monroe said. "It got in on
my wrists. I didn't take my eye off it. I saw it the whole way.''
On the first play after the interception, Schaub hit Jason
Snelling in the left flat and the fullback dodged tacklers and dove
for the TD.
That gave the Cavaliers a 10-7 lead -- and gave Schaub a school
record with scoring passes in 12 consecutive games.
The Cavaliers forced Maryland to go three-and-out and then drove
69 yards in 13 plays to set up a 27-yard field goal by Hughes.
Angelo Crowell forced a fumble three plays later and Chris Canty
recovered at the Terps' 22. Schaub then hit Lundy with a 7-yard
Former Blinn College coach Brad Franchione describes Panthers star Cam Newton's transformation from playing at the junior college in 2009 to playing in Super Bowl 50.
North Carolina inked the No. 34-ranked recruiting class in the 2016 cycle with one ESPN 300 (Tomon Fox) and four more four-stars. The class of 2017 is well on the way to besting the 2016 class with four ESPN Jr300 verbals less than one week after signing day with the most recent being in state receiver Ryan Jones Friday.
Oregon running back Thomas Tyner has decided to take a medical retirement after sitting out all of last season because of a shoulder injury.
It hasn't been an easy road at USC for Pat Haden, the former Trojans quarterback turned athletic director, but at 63, he's earned the right to relax.
Readers want to know about all "downer" material, Iowa cutting ties with Stanford and an inherent southern bias in recruiting rankings.
What did we learn from the Big 12 conference sessions this week? Jake Trotter sorts it out in this edition of the mailbag.