For last four years, not many things broke the University of Maryland Terrapins football way. Whether it was an injury, a turnover, or missed kick, things just didn’t seem to work out. These things may have changed, however, as Maryland breathed a large sigh of relief as UVA kicker Alec Vozenilek missed a 42-yard attempt that would have given the Cavaliers a win. Maryland, who was playing without starting quarterback C.J. Brown, rallied several times throughout the course of the game to squeak by the now 2-4 Virginia, 27-26.
It was Virginia who got on the board first as they took advantage of a muffed Maryland punt, and after two field goals found themselves ahead 6-0. Maryland and running back Brandon Ross answered with a 77- yard screen and run, and it was Ross, who ran for 88 yards on 17 carries, finishing his work with a 1-yard touchdown run. Maryland continued their offensive success into the second quarter, where the Terps extended their lead to 14-6 on another touchdown run from Ross. Virginia found its rhythm late in the half, and scored the last 10 points to carry a 16-14 lead heading into the break.
Maryland was the only team to score in the third quarter as they sustained two long drives, however, were unable to punch either drive in for a touchdown. Maryland settled for a 20-16 advantage with 15 minutes to play. And what a 15 minutes it was, as the Cavs scored 10 consecutive points to jump out to a 26-20 lead. Caleb Rowe and Maryland showed great determination and turned a third and long into a 47 yard pass and catch between Rowe and wideout Deon Long. Rowe, who threw for 322 yards and a touchdown, was relentless on the drive, completing pass after pass capped off by a 12-yard touchdown reception to tight end Dave Stinebaugh.
Virginia was not dead yet, and quarterback David Watford completed a series of passes to push the ball into Maryland territory. Virginia decided to kick a 42-yard field goal with just about 16 seconds remaining, but Vozenilek pushed the kick wide right
Head coach Randy Edsall was ecstatic to escape with the 27-26 victory, saying, “It couldn’t have ended any better for us.” Maryland will now have a week for C.J. Brown to recover before the showdown with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons next Saturday at 3:30.