Virginia Football Travels To Maryland For ACC Match-Up
Date: Nov. 5, 2011
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Byrd Stadium
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
Series vs. Maryland: UVa trails, 31-42-2
At Maryland: UVa trails, 12-20-2
Last Meeting: 2010 (Maryland 42, Virginia 23 in Charlottesville, Va.)
Television: ACC Network (affiliates)
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network (affiliates)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 134 | XM 197
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Rosters: Virginia | Maryland
Game Notes: Virginia | Maryland
Virginia Football Travels to Maryland for ACC Match-up
• Virginia seeks its sixth victory of the season when it travels to Maryland for an Atlantic Coast Conference football match-up. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the ACC Network (WVIR/NBC 29 in the Charlottesville area).
Virginia vs. Maryland
• Maryland owns a 42-31-2 record in the series, including a 20-12-2 advantage in College Park.
• Virginia, however, has won two-consecutive games in Byrd Stadium (20-9 in 2009 and 18-17 in 2007).
• 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 75 times on the gridiron, making the Terps the fourth-most common opponent in UVa history (Virginia has faced North Carolina a record 116 times).
• Virginia has 12 players from the state of Maryland on its roster – Vincent Croce (Olney), Nick Jenkins (Westminster), Cam Johnson (Greenbelt), Kelby Johnson (Hyattsville), Marco Jones (Baltimore), Kyrrel Latimer (Hyattsville), Jeremiah Mathis (Bowie), Rodney McLeod (Oxon Hill), Brandon Phelps (Damascus), Colter Phillips (Darnestown), EJ Scott (Ellicott City) and Khalek Shepherd (Upper Marlboro).
• This will be Maryland head coach Randy Edsall’s third time facing Virginia – he was 1-1 against the Cavaliers while he was head coach at Connecticut.
UVA Ground Game Key to Victory
• Virginia is 22-8 vs. Maryland since 1937 when gaining at least 150 rushing yards. UVa has rushed for at least 150 yards in 7-of-8 games in 2011.
• 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 2009, 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.
• In last season’s loss, Virginia rushed for 92 yards.
• Since 1937 the team with the most rushing yards is 56-6 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 19 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.
• Overall, Maryland has topped 200 yards rushing only four times since 1987 (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005).
Cavaliers Look To End November Doldrums
• November has not been kind to Virginia as of late. The Cavaliers have lost 13-consecutive games in November. The last UVa November victory was Nov. 10, 2007 (48-0 at Miami).
More on the Virginia Rushing Game
• Virginia is averaging 186.4 rushing yards per game. That number is the second-highest amount put up by the Cavaliers in the past 12 seasons. During that time only the 2004 team (242.8) had a higher rushing average than this current 2011 squad.
• Virginia rushed for 1,672 yards in 2010 through 12 games. Thus far through eight games UVa has rushed for 1,491 yards, needing 182 yards to surpass its 2010 total. If UVa rushes for its average per game against Maryland (186.4), it will pass its 2010 total in nine games and automatically have the most team rushing yards since 2005 when they rushed for 1,711 yards.
Noting the Miami Victory
• Mike London’s first ACC victory and first ACC road victory as the head coach at UVa both came over Miami. The Cavaliers topped then-No. 22 Miami at Scott Stadium, 24-19, in 2010. UVa’s recent 28-21 victory at Sun Life Stadium was London’s first road ACC victory and it snapped a seven-game road conference losing streak.
• It was Miami’s first home loss on an ESPN Thursday night game as it entered the game at 10-0. UVa became only the third team in 18 tries to beat Miami in a ESPN Thursday night game.
• Michael Rocco’s 78-yard touchdown pass to Perry Jones was the longest UVa completion and longest TD pass from a Virginia QB since Dan Ellis hit RB Thomas Jones for an 84-yard scoring strike against Buffalo on Nov. 13, 1999, a span of 146 games since a UVa QB tossed as long a pass.
• Rocco’s scoring strike is the longest via the pass since a trick play in UVa’s first-ever game inside the Orange Bowl against Miami in 2005. Wide receiver Emmanuel Byers found Deyon Williams for a 90-yard scoring strike.
• Rocco’s 78-yard scoring strike is the 15th longest passing touchdown in program history. It’s tied for the 17th-longest pass in program history.