Cavalier Defense Steps Up, Downs Maryland 20-9

Saturday October 17, 2009

Virginia defensive end Nate Collins scored on a 32-yard interception return to help the Cavaliers beat Maryland 20-9 in a cold, steady rain on Saturday.

It was the third straight victory for Virginia (3-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Cavaliers trailed 9-3 late in the third quarter before scoring 10 points in a 19-second span.

After Robert Randolph kicked a 31-yard field goal, linebacker Darren Childs deflected a pass by Maryland quarterback Chris Turner. The 290-pound Collins latched onto the ball, broke to his left and took it down the sideline into the end zone.

Maryland's Nick Ferrara missed field goal tries of 44 and 37 yards in the fourth quarter. Then, after Turner threw an incomplete on a fourth-and-17 from the Maryland 2, Rashawn Jackson scored for Virginia with 1:43 left.

The Terrapins (2-5, 1-2) have lost four of five.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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