Maryland improved to 3-0 on Friday night with a dominant win over Virginia. The Terrapins throttled UVA in the final quarter with 21 points while forcing four turnovers to take control and finish undefeated in conference play for the third straight season.
The Terps came out slow on offense, with each of the first three drives resulting in zero points. Sandwiched between two three-and-outs was a 55 yard field goal attempt by Jack Howes that missed just wide right.
Meanwhile, Virginia came flying out of the gates on both sides of the ball. After forcing a three-and-out to start the game, Freshman Quarterback Anthony Colandrea connected on a flea flicker pass to set up a 13 yard touchdown run by Perris Jones.
On UVA’s next drive, the Cavaliers marched 63 yards and concluded with Colandrea connecting with Kobe Pace for a 19 yard score.
Just like that, 14-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Maryland freshman receiver Braeden Wisloski returned the kick 98 yards for a touchdown to help the Terps seize momentum.
Over the next ten drives to end the game, the Maryland defense did not allow a point.
The Maryland offense, meanwhile, finally got going late in the first half, with Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa leading the Terrapins on a 14 play 97 yard touchdown drive which resulted in a 2 yard run by Running Back Roman Hemby. The drive took 6:23 and tied the game at 14 heading into halftime.
In the second half, the Terps offense scored on its first drive to take its first lead of the night. A 6 play, 85 yard drive capped off by a 64 yard touchdown pass from Tagovailoa to Jeshaun Jones put Maryland on top 21-14.
It remained 21-14 into the 4th quarter, and it was all Terps the rest of the way.
In the final quarter, Virginia had the ball four times, all of which ended in a turnover. Colandrea, who was 6-7 for 108 yards and a touchdown in the opening quarter, threw three interceptions on three straight drives, all of which resulted in Maryland touchdowns.
The Terrapins touchdowns came from Hemby for his second of the night, Antwain Littleton, and Colby McDonald. All three running backs who carried the ball ended the night with a touchdown.
The Terps cruised across the finish line, scoring 42 unanswered points after the slow start to defeat Virginia 42-14.
The win propels Maryland to 3-0 on the year entering Big 10 Conference play. Up next, the Terps head to East Lansing to take on Michigan State in a pivotal road matchup.