COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Desperate for a victory at home,
Maryland rendered No. 19 Virginia defenseless with a multifaceted
offense that caught the Cavaliers completely by surprise.
Lance Ball ran for 163 yards and scored two fourth-quarter
touchdowns, and Maryland amassed 570 yards in offense to hand
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 for the
Terrapins, who had 33 first downs and punted only twice. The 570
yards was the most allowed by the Cavaliers since Georgia Tech got
627 in 2000.
"We weren't expecting a game like that," Virginia safety Nate
Lyles said. "They had something to prove, and they did it. We just
didn't tighten up."
Throwing or running, going inside or outside, virtually
everything worked for Maryland (3-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast
"I think we had an excellent game plan and our kids executed it
well," Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen said. "I thought we were
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.
"When they came in from warming up and they saw the black
jerseys hanging in their lockers, they went nuts," Friedgen said.
"But it's not the jerseys that win football games."
Friedgen told Hollenbach and his receivers Tuesday that he was
going to depend on them to carry the team.
"I told them that Virginia is going to press us, they play a
lot of man-to-man, and if they shut you down, they'll shut
everything else down," Friedgen said. "They accepted the
Melendez reached career highs in catches and yardage, Jo Jo
Walker had six receptions for 69 yards, Vernon Davis caught four
passes for 59 yards and a score, and Derrick Fenner had three
catches for 57 yards.
Led by Ball, the running game produced 250 yards against a unit
that had allowed an average of 91 yards rushing before Saturday.
"They had two or three plays that we had difficulty with all
day," Virginia coach Al Groh said. "We tried four or five
Ball, who averaged 9.6 yards per carry, said, "We have a great
offense, we have a lot of talented players. We just came together
Marques Hagans threw for 270 yards and scored two rushing
touchdowns, and the Cavaliers (3-1, 1-1) got four field goals from
Connor Hughes. Chris Cook also returned an interception 30 yards
for a touchdown, but Virginia just couldn't keep up with Maryland's
"We didn't score enough. We gave up too much," Groh said.
The Terrapins yielded a total of 38 fourth-quarter points to
Clemson and West Virginia, but they outscored Virginia 21-7 over
the final 15 minutes.
"I'm hoping this gives us the confidence we need to get
better," Friedgen said.
Maryland trailed 26-24 before a 44-yard pass from Hollenbach to
Fenner set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Ball on the opening play
of the fourth quarter. The Terrapins 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.
"My perspective on it was that it was an uncatchable ball,"
Groh said. "If it had been ruled as such we would have had the
Six plays later, 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.
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.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... After Maryland's Keon Lattimore ran one yard for the game-sealing TD that put the Terps up by 12 and ensured a happy Homecoming.
Gameball goes to... The entire Terps offense was clicking, but we'll go with Lance Ball, who ran for 163 yards and scored two fourth quarter TDs.
Stat of the game... 11: Before Maryland upset Virginia, the last 11 times the Cavaliers started 3-0, they went on to win the 4th game.