Cavalier Football Notes: Maryland
Nov. 10, 2003
Virginia (5-4, 3-3 ACC)
at Maryland (6-3, 3-2 ACC)
Thursday, Nov. 13
College Park, Md.
Cavaliers Play Season’s Final Road Game Virginia plays its last road game of the season this Thursday with a crucial match-up against Maryland on ESPN. The outcome of this game will go a long way toward determining each team’s postseason plans.
The Terps are third in the ACC with a 3-2 conference record. The Cavaliers are a half-game behind and tied with Georgia Tech for fifth place.
These two teams have used this game to help set the stage for their respective seasons the last two years. The Terrapins gained a 41-21 win two years ago in College Park to get themselves started on the way to the ACC title.
Picked to finish eighth last season, the Cavaliers used a 48-13 win over the 18th-ranked Terps to finish in second instead.
The Cavaliers have had a chance to win their last three conference games, but fell short in each and need a win to move into the top half of the league standings.
Al Groh calls November a month where “you can play your way in or play your way out.” Virginia is 4-4 in November (and December regular season games) under Groh. The Cavaliers haven’t lost a road game in November to an unranked team since 1997 (N.C. State).
TELEVISION: Thursday night’s game is being televised nationally by ESPN. Mike Tirico calls the play-by-play, while Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit provide the color commentary. Dr. Jerry Punch is the sideline reporter.
RADIO: All Virginia games are broadcast on the Virginia Sports Network, originating at WINA/WWWV in Charlottesville. Mac McDonald calls the play-by-play. He is joined in the broadcast booth by former Cavalier great Frank Quayle, the 1968 ACC Player of the Year. Jed Williams reports from the sidelines.