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Virginia Postgame notes vs. Maryland, Nov. 6, 2004

#60 Andrew Hoffman carried the flag.The attendance was 63,072, a Scott Stadium record.CB Philip Brown and WR Imhotep Durham each started for the first time of their careers.Josh Zidenberg, a true freshman walk-on, made the first appearance of his career. He is the 9th true freshman to play for Virginia this year.Today’s game was Virginia’s first with more than two turnovers since they had two against N.C. State last year, a span of 12 games.Alvin Pearman’s lost fumble in the 1st quarter was his first lost fumble since he had one against Penn State in 2002.Wali Lundy’s two rushing touchdowns today gives him 14 for the season, which ties him for the third-highest single-season total in Virginia history. This was his fifth multi-touchdown game this year.Ahmad Brooks got the first two interceptions of his career.Brooks is the first Cavalier with two interceptions in a game since Jerton Evans had two against Brigham Young in 1999 and is the first linebacker to do it since Randy Neal had two against Virginia Tech in 1992.Patrick Estes’s 27-yard reception in the third quarter was the longest of his career.Darryl Blackstock had two sacks today, his second multi-sack game of the season (Temple).Blackstock now has 22 career sacks, fifth in ACC history by a linebacker. He passed former North Carolina great Lawrence Taylor this afternoon. Taylor had 21 sacks in his career. Next up on the ACC LB sack list are Georgia Tech’s Pat Swilling and Clemson’s Keith Adams were are tied for third with 23 sacks.Alvin Pearman’s 170 yards rushing today are the second-highest single-game total of his career.Pearman has rushed for 393 yards in the last two games (223 last game vs. Duke). That is the best two-game total by a Cavalier since Thomas Jones had 434 (213 vs. Georgia Tech and 221 vs. Buffalo) in 1999.The 100-yard game is Pearman’s third of the season (all in the last 4 games) and sixth of his career.Wali Lundy also topped the century mark with 107 yards on the ground, his 3rd 100-yard game of the season and 10th of his career.Pearman and Lundy marked the second time this season Virginia had 2 100-yard rushers in the same game for the second time this season (Akron). It’s the first time this pair had 100 yards in the same game.Today’s 16-0 win is Virginia’s second shutout of the season (Akron), the second year in a row the Cavaliers have had two shutouts.This game is the Cavaliers’ second ACC shutout under fourth-year head coach Al Groh along with a 27-0 win over Duke last year.As mentioned in the game notes, Virginia has remarkable success vs. Maryland when being able to run the ball effectively and today was no exception. The Cavaliers rushed for 295 yards, their most against Maryland since a 361-yard performance in 1989. This is Virginia’s 10th win in a row in the series when rushing for 150+ yards. Coming into the game Virginia had averaged 211.3 yards in its wins over Maryland since 1957.Virginia’s 295 yards on the ground is the third-highest total under Al Groh and is 46 yards more than its average coming into the game. Virginia was ranked seventh in the nation in rushing coming into the game.Maryland rushed for 51 yards today, its second-lowest total of the season (7 vs. Georgia Tech is the low). It also marks the Terps’ low vs. Virginia since rushing for 34 yards in 1997.Virginia intercepted 2 passes and had 3 sacks today. Since 1992 Virginia has made life difficult for Maryland QBs. The Cavaliers have intercepted 20 passes and had 25 sacks.

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