Cavaliers Face Maryland at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Home Finale
Venue: David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium
Playing Surface: Grass
Series vs. UM: Maryland leads, 41-31-2
In Charlottesville: Maryland leads, 21-19
Last Meeting: 2009 (Virginia, 20-9)
Radio: Virginia Sports Network (affiliates)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 213, XM 191
Live Stats: Click here for the link to the LiveStats page. Note: Link available 30 minutes before kickoff. Allow 1-2 minutes for it to load at the start.
Rosters: Virginia Maryland
Game Notes: Virginia Maryland
Statistics: Virginia Maryland
• Maryland owns a 41-31-2 record in the series, including a 21-19 advantage in games played in Charlottesville. UM also holds a 20-11-2 edge in College Park.
• Virginia has won three straight games in the series and 14 of 18, dating to 1992.
• UVa has won eight of the last nine games contested in Charlottesville (lone loss in 2006).
• The Cavaliers and Terps have played every season since 1957, the second-longest current streak for a Virginia opponent behind North Carolina (1910).
• Virginia and Maryland have met 74 times on the gridiron, making the Terps the fourth-most common opponent in UVa history (Virginia has faced North Carolina a record 115 times).
UVa Ground Game Key to Victory
• When the Cavaliers are able to run the ball, they increase their chances to win against Maryland.
• Overall UVa is 22-8 since 1937 when gaining at least 150 rushing yards.
• In 2005, the Cavaliers rushed for 295 yards, their fourth-highest total ever against Maryland, to gain a 16-0 win.
• In the 2006 loss to Maryland, UVa rushed for 181 yards, ending a streak of 10 consecutive series wins with at least 150 yards rushing.
• In contrast, when Virginia is unable to run the ball, Maryland typically comes out on top.
• Prior to last season Virginia had lost 15 consecutive games to Maryland when rushing for fewer than 100 yards, dating back to 1957; UVa rushed for just 63 yards in 2009 yet still came out on top.
• Since 1957 UVa has averaged 210.3 yards rushing in wins over the Terps and 119.8 yards in losses.
• Since 1937 the team with the most rushing yards is 55-6 and won all 38 meetings from 1937-86. The only years the loser had more occurred in 1987, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2006 and 2009.
Virginia Defense Tough vs. Terps
• Another factor that has enabled the Cavaliers to win 14 of the last 18 meetings against Maryland is an ability to hold the Terrapin offense in check.
• Virginia has held Maryland under 380 yards of offense 17 times since 1988 and won 15 of those games (UVa held Maryland to 284 yards of offense last year).
• Overall, Maryland has topped 200 yards rushing only four times since 1987 (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005).
Noting Verica’s Record Performance
• Marc Verica threw for a school-record 417 yards last week against Duke.
• The previous high was 393, set by Matt Schaub in 2003 against NC State.
• Verica fired for 165 yards in the fourth quarter alone, nearly matching his performance in the entire game vs. Miami the previous week (176 yards).
• Verica’s 413 yards of total offense set a school record, breaking Bryson Spinner’s mark of 399 in 2001 against Georgia Tech.
• Verica set his previous career high in the season opener vs. Richmond with 283 yards passing.
Total Offense Among Program’s Best
• Virginia racked up the fourth-most total offense in school history against Duke.
• It also marked the most total offense Virginia has ever accrued in an ACC game and in a road contest.
Total Offense – Virginia All-Time
1. 691 vs. Davidson, 1968
2. 689 vs. William and Mary, 1990
3. 663 vs. Navy, 1990
4. 643 at Duke, 2010, 643 vs. Wake Forest, 1982
6. 615 vs. Buffalo, 1999
7. 611 vs. Wake Forest, 1989
8. 603 at Duke, 1968
9. 601 vs. Wake Forest, 1991
10. 600 at Georgia Tech, 1998
Balance on Offense
• Through nine games Virginia has run 643 total plays – 327 rushes and 316 passes.
• Last week UVa rushed 46 times and passed 42 times.
• Twice this season the Cavaliers have had perfect balance on offense – against Richmond (35 each) and at USC (36 each).
Jones, Payne Form 1-2 Punch in Backfield
• Keith Payne and Perry Jones each have rushed for more than 500 yards this season. Payne has 673 yards, while Jones has rushed for 557.
• UVa has not had a pair of rushers with 600 rushing yards each since 2004 – Alvin Pearman (1,037) and Wali Lundy (864).
• Payne and Jones each have rushed for at least 50 yards in the same game seven times this season, including each of the last five weeks.
• A pair of UVa backs rushed for 50-plus yards each just once last season – Mikell Simpson (83 yards) and Rashawn Jackson (73) against Indiana.
Payne in the Backfield
• After a year away from the team, senior TB Keith Payne has returned with a vengeance.
• He has a team-high 673 rushing yards this season, including 5.0 yards per carry.
• Payne is first in the ACC in scoring, with 10.0 points per game, and ranks seventh nationally in scoring.
• He ranks seventh in the conference in rushing with 74.8 yards per game.
Payne Trudges Up Record Books
• Keith Payne needs 72 yards rushing to become the 38th player all-time at UVa to reach 1,000 career rushing yards. He has 928 career rushing yards.
• Payne has 16 career rushing touchdowns – No. 16 all-time in the UVa annals.
Payne Leads ACC in Rushing Touchdowns
• Keith Payne has rushed for 14 touchdowns in UVa’s first nine games, doubling Jameel Sewell’s team high of seven TDs last season.
• He leads the ACC in rushing touchdowns this year and owns all but two of UVa’s rushing TDs in 2010 (Max Milien and Robert Randolph have the others).
• It also is the third most rushing touchdowns by a UVa player in a single season in school history.
• Payne had his third straight two-touchdown day last week; he is the first UVa player to record three straight two-TD rushing games since Wali Lundy did so against Temple (4), Georgia Tech (2) and Virginia Tech (2) in 2005.
• He tied the modern UVa record for TDs in a game against Richmond, becoming the ninth player to score four in a game (post-World War II).
UVa Single-Season Rushing TD Leaders
1. 18 – Gene Mayer, 1915
2. 17 – Wali Lundy, 2004
3. 14 – Keith Payne, 2010
4. 10 – Wali Lundy, 2005
10 – Alvin Pearman, 2004
Payne Fifth Nationally in Touchdowns
• Keith Payne has scored 15 touchdowns this season (14 rushing, one receiving).
• He is tied for fifth nationally in touchdowns.
2010 Touchdowns – FBS
1. LaMichael James (Oregon) 18
2. Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) 17
3. DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma) 16
Cameron Newton (Auburn) 16
5. Keith Payne (Virginia) 15
Lyle Leong (Texas Tech) 15
Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon State) 15
For full game notes click on the link at the top of the page.