Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) - Freshman quarterback Perry Hills fueled
the Maryland Terrapins to a road win despite rushing for negative-two yards as
a team in a 27-20 win over the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium.
Hills completed 14-of-26 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown for the Terrapins
(4-2, 2-0 ACC). Their starting running back Justus Pickett carried 15 times for
negative-eight yards, meaning Hills' seven yards rushing was a team-high.
Virginia (2-5, 0-3) quarterback Phillip Sims struggled in this one, going just
13-of-28 passing for 139 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked five times
and turned the ball over twice before giving way to Michael Rocco in the
fourth quarter. Rocco finished 5-of-11 with a touchdown. Kevin Parks ran 17
times for 129 yards to lead the Cavaliers on the ground.
Stefon Diggs put Maryland on the board right away when he returned the opening
kickoff 100 yards for a score. Then Anthony Nixon's first career interception
on 3rd-and-15 set up the Terrapin offense in Cavalier territory, and Hills took
advantage. His 20-yard touchdown pass to Pickett five plays later marked the
first time Maryland scored a touchdown on their opening drive this season.
Terrapins' kicker Brad Craddock drilled a 33-yard field goal to give Maryland
a 17-0 lead with 4:59 remaining in the first quarter.
Both offenses went stagnant for the rest of the half. The only other points of
the first half came when Cavalier's kicker Ian Frye made a 20-yard field goal
midway through the second quarter. Maryland led 17-3 at the break.
The Cavaliers finally found the end zone late in the third quarter when Sims
hit E.J. Scott from 20 yards out. Frye added his second field goal of the game
to cut the deficit to 17-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
Hills gave Maryland some insurance with a six-yard touchdown run to begin the
final quarter. A Sims fumble led to Craddock's second field goal of the
day, and the Terps led 27-13 with just 6:08 remaining.
Rocco, who replaced Sims after the fumble, looked comfortable in the pocket
and led the Cavaliers to a scoring drive less than two minutes after
Craddock's field goal. Jake McGee was the recipient on Rocco's touchdown
throw, and Maryland's lead was seven with 4:10 left to play.
Virginia's defense did its job, forcing a Maryland punt to give Rocco and
the offense the ball back with 1:51 remaining. But four consecutive incomplete
passes ended any hope of a late-game rally.
Maryland had just one penalty in the game compared to seven for Virginia. The
Terps improve to 43-32-2 all-time against the Cavaliers.
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