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Nov. 13, 2003

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AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Josh Allen ran for a career-high 257 yards and twotouchdowns, and Maryland kept its Atlantic Coast Conference title hopes aliveby defeating Virginia 27-17 Thursday night.

Allen gained 154 yards rushing in the first half, when the Terrapins scoredon four of five possessions to take a 24-7 lead. That proved to be enoughoffense to provide Maryland with its second win over the Cavaliers in 11 triessince 1991.

The Terrapins (7-3, 4-2) can finish tied atop the ACC if North CarolinaState beats league-leading Florida State on Saturday and Maryland wins itsfinal two games.

A year ago, Maryland’s bid for a second straight ACC title was ruined by a48-13 loss to Virginia. Not only did the Terrapins extract a measure ofrevenge, but they finished unbeaten (6-0) at home for only the 19th time in the111-year history of the program.

Allen, a sophomore, carried 38 times. The 257-yard performance ranks thirdin school history and was nearly twice his previous career high of 136 yards.

Matt Schaub ran for a touchdown, threw for a score and nearly brought theCavaliers (5-5, 3-4) back in the second half. He threw for 186 yards toovertake Shawn Moore as the school’s career leader in passing yardage.

Schaub’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Alvin Pearman to make it 24-14 with sixminutes left in the third quarter, and he directed a 46-yard drive thatproduced a field goal with 9:15 left.

But Nick Novak kicked a 45-yard field goal with 3:42 to go after a 19-yardrun by Allen produced a first down at the Virginia 29.

The game was played in a 40 mph wind, and the temperature dipped nearfreezing.

Maryland took the opening kickoff and moved 84 yards in 11 plays to go up7-0. Allen ran eight times for 38 yards and the Virginia twice extended thedrive with third-down penalties before Scott McBrien threw an 11-yard touchdownpass to Latrez Harrison.

The Terrapins made it 14-0 early in the second quarter when Allen scoredfrom 1 after Jafar Williams outleaped Virginia safety Jermaine Hardy on a41-yard completion.

At that point, Maryland held a 168-53 advantage in total yardage.

Virginia quickly remedied that, moving 80 yards in nine plays to close to14-7. A well-timed screen pass to Wali Lundy covered 62 yards, setting up a4-yard touchdown run by Schaub on a quarterback draw.

It took Maryland only 14 seconds to restore its 14-point cushion – theamount of time it took Allen to cover 80 yards after squeezing through a tinyhole on the right side.

After a Virginia punt, the Terrapins moved 45 yards and went up 24-7 on a33-yard field goal by Novak with 32 seconds left in the half.

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