By Jeff Barker
The Baltimore Sun
12:59 PM EDT, October 11, 2013
Terps (4-1, 0-1 ACC) vs. Virginia (2-3, 0-1 ACC)
When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Site: Byrd Stadium
Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM
Series: Maryland leads 43-32-2
Last meeting: Maryland defeated Virginia, 27-20, on Oct. 13, 2012, in Charlottesville, Va.
Maryland offense vs. Virginia defense: Maryland was averaging 39.8 points per game before getting shut out at Florida State last week. Now, the Terps are starting over. Quarterback C.J. Brown (concussion) is doubtful, so sophomore Caleb Rowe is likely to start. The Terps may still run the read option — Brown’s specialty — but they would be more limited without Brown’s quickness. Virginia surrendered 48 points last week in a loss to Ball State and ranks seventh in the ACC in yards allowed (340.6 per game) and last in turnover margin (minus-8). Sophomore defensive end Eli Harold is tied for ninth in conference with 3.5 sacks.
Maryland defense vs. Virginia offense: Virginia has turned the ball over 14 times (seven fumbles, seven interceptions), ranking last in the ACC. The Cavaliers are led by running back Kevin Parks, who had his fifth career 100-yard rushing game last week and scored two touchdowns. Maryland’s defense, which ranks fifth in the ACC, will be without starting linebacker Matt Robinson (shoulder). He is expected to be replaced by junior Alex Twine.
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