No. 12 Virginia Blanks Maryland, 16-0
Nov. 6, 2004
By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Wali Lundy ran for two touchdowns, giving him 14this season, and No. 12 Virginia remained in a first-place tie in the AtlanticCoast Conference with a 16-0 win over Maryland on Saturday.
In a game that has grown into a bitter rivalry, neither team lookedespecially sharp at the beginning. But the Cavaliers (7-1, 4-1 ACC) wore downthe Terrapins (4-5, 2-4) on the ground, running for 295 yards. Alvin Pearmanled the way with 170 yards on 31 carries, and Lundy added 107 yards on 24attempts.
Virginia’s defense also played a huge role, not allowing quarterback JoelStatham to follow up his 333-yard performance in a 20-17 victory againstFlorida State last week, or Josh Allen to come anywhere near the career-best257 yards he ran for against Virginia last year.
Statham was 10-of-17 for just 115 yards before being replaced by JordanSteffy in the fourth quarter. Statham was intercepted twice by linebacker AhmadBrooks. Allen ran for 39 yards on 10 tries.
A Scott Stadium record crowd of 63,072 turned out on a crisp fall day andsaw a scoreless first quarter. Behind Pearman, the Cavaliers finally gotsomething going.
Pearman ran nine times for 49 yards and caught a dump pass for 13 yards asVirginia drove 86 yards for the game’s first points. Lundy capped the drivewith a 4-yard run, his 13th touchdown on the ground this year.
After Maryland gained only 6 yards in three plays and punted, Lundy tookover at tailback and ran for 47 of the Cavaliers’ 59 yards in a 10-play scoringdrive. On a 15-yard TD run, Lundy started left, found his path filled withTerrapins, then cut back right and scored easily.