October 6, 2008
The Virginia Cavaliers improved in nearly every aspect of football this past Saturday, as they topped Maryland, 31-0. Virginia came close to topping several of its totals from the entire season in the victory.
The success started with quarterback Marc Verica, who completed 25 of 34 pass attempts for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Verica also rushed for another score. Entering Saturday's game the Wahoos had yet to score a touchdown through the air. Both of Verica's touchdown strikes went to Kevin Ogletree, who pulled down five catches for 100 yards. The Cavaliers gained 427 total yards in the game.
Running back Cedric Peerman was another key performer. Peerman did not play during the Duke game a week ago with a leg injury, and came back at 100 percent this past Saturday. The senior carried the ball 17 times for 110 yards and a touchdown in his return, giving the Cavaliers a bulk of their 201 yards on the ground for the night. As an offense, Virginia did not commit any turnovers, after committing 13 during the course of the first four games.
The defense stepped up as well, holding Maryland to 302 yards and, more importantly, keeping the Terrapins off the scoreboard. Clint Sintim netted his ACC-leading fifth sack, and had a total of seven tackles in the contest. Ras-I Dowling pulled down another interception and Corey Mosely recovered a fumble.
Virginia improves to 2-3, 1-1 in the ACC, and will venture out of conference this weekend. The Cavaliers welcome East Carolina to Scott Stadium, where they look to avenge a 2006 loss to the Pirates. Kickoff is set for noon.