Virginia coach Mike London defended his field position decisions late in Saturday’s 27-26 loss at Maryland, and he added the injury suffered by defensive tackle Brent Urban will be re-evaluated Monday, along with the team’s other injuries.

Urban left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return to game action. He was on the sideline later wearing a protective boot on his right foot and getting around with the help of crutches.

In addition to getting a better read on Urban’s status early this week, London said Sunday night he hopes to soon find out more about the statuses of cornerback Demetrious Nicholson and kicker Ian Frye for Saturday’s game against Duke (4-2 overall, 0-2 ACC).  

Nicholson missed the Maryland game due to a toe injury. It was the first game he’d missed in his career after starting the first 30 games. Frye sat out this past weekend due to a hip flexor injury sustained Sept. 28 in U.Va.’s 14-3 loss at Pittsburgh.

By the time the team practices again Tuesday, London indicated it’ll have been a week-and-a-half since Nicholson suffered the injury. He’s been wearing a protective boot. London said he also has to see in practice if Frye’s hip can handle the stress of kicking this week.

In addition to being pleased with quarterback David Watford’s play against Maryland, referring to it as “the best game that David has had to date,” London was also happy with the overall play of his offensive line.

Watford, a Hampton High graduate, completed 27 of 44 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown. U.Va. (2-4, 0-2) ran for 242 yards on its way to posting 505 total yards, didn’t commit any turnovers and surrendered no sacks.

U.Va. wasn’t as productive as it needed to be in the red zone. It made six trips inside Maryland’s red zone, but U.Va. came away with just two touchdowns on those ventures inside the 20-yard line.

London said his offensive line needed to do a better job of knocking people off the line of scrimmage in short yardage red zone opportunities. In the first quarter, U.Va. was stopped for no gains on two runs by running back Kevin Parks from Maryland’s 1-yard line, and the Cavaliers had to settle for an 18-yard field goal by Alec Vozenilek.

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Vozenilek missed a 42-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the game that would’ve given U.Va. the winning margin. Some fans on Twitter and on message boards criticized London for not trying to advance the ball further in the final minute.

After starting at its own 17-yard line with 2:34 left, U.Va. moved 58 yards in 11 plays. The quick drive included a 21-yard reception by wide receiver Darius Jennings that got the Cavaliers into Terrapins’ territory at the 43.

When Parks picked up two yards on first-and-10 from Maryland’s 25 with a minute left, Maryland called its last timeout. U.Va. proceeded to run two more plays – a Parks run and a Watford run – that resulted in no additional gain and intentionally put the ball near the left hashmark for the right-footed Vozenilek to attempt a 42-yard field goal with 14 seconds left and the clock rolling.

His kick sailed wide right. Maryland took over with 10 seconds remaining and ran out the clock.

“We put ourselves in the position we wanted to be in,” London said. “Running the ball and doing some of the things we did, getting them to use their timeouts and then putting the ball position-wise to kick a 42-yard field goal, I mean, Alec Vozenilek has done that in practice a number of times. With just needing a field goal to win the game, I mean, and being conscious of ball security, we would do it again.

“If he makes it, then it’s a moot point, but, obviously, he missed it and you open yourself up for second-guessing and all those things that come with it. We felt good about where we were and how we were moving the ball and that last play right there giving us a chance to win the game."

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