Saturday, November 5, 2011
UVa bowl-eligible with win over Terps
By Heather Dinich
Maryland and Virginia drew several very different conclusions for themselves this afternoon in College Park:
- With its 31-13 win over Maryland, Virginia is now bowl-eligible, and the Terps are mathematically ineligible for postseason play.
- Virginia officially looks ahead of schedule in the second season under coach Mike London, while Maryland looks like it has regressed under first-year coach Randy Edsall.
- Recruits in the state of Maryland should be more impressed with the Terps' border rival, which has already carved a niche in the Terps' backyard.
Virginia had three turnovers in this game and still won -- because Maryland had five. The Terps' defense again failed to stop the run, and the offense couldn't run the ball. A bad combination for Football 101. Maryland was held to just 3-of-14 third-down conversions, and allowed 527 total yards. The Terps lost this one in every phase of the game, regardless of whether Danny O'Brien or C.J. Brown was in at quarterback.
Virginia's Perry Jones ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, and Michael Rocco threw for another 307 yards and two touchdowns. It was all Virginia in the second half, and while many will be hung up on Virginia's accomplishment of reaching the six-win mark, don't forget that the Hoos still control their own destiny in the Coastal Division. With a win against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech still on the schedule, this race isn't over yet.
Bowl eligibility is an extremely impressive accomplishment for Virginia, and this team has already exceeded expectations. But with three games remaining, there is an even bigger goal still within reach.