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Saturday, October 13, 2012
Terps hold on against UVa

By Heather Dinich

Maryland is 2-0 in the Atlantic Division.

Repeat: Maryland is 2-0 in the Atlantic Division -- ahead of Florida State and Clemson in the ACC standings.

Only in the ACC.

One year after an abysmal 2-10 finish in Randy Edsall's first season, Maryland is leading the division standings after Saturday's 27-20 win over Virginia. And the Terps have done it with a true freshman at quarterback in Perry Hills and the worst rushing offense in the ACC. Good thing for that D.

Maryland's defense did it again, holding Virginia to three straight incompletions on its final possession to seal the win. Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco came off the bench to relieve Phillip Sims, and he looked capable of orchestrating the comeback, but an errant pass to a wide-open Khalek Shepherd is going to haunt the Hoos.

With four wins, Maryland looks much more capable of playing in a bowl game this year -- something that seemed like a far-fetched goal this summer when starting quarterback C.J. Brown suffered a season-ending knee injury. Virginia, meanwhile, has now lost five straight games and is almost out of chances to reach the postseason.

Maryland won with minus-2 rushing yards. It should savor its place in the standings while it can.