Tonight's game

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Matchup -- Virginia (6-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Maryland (4-2, 1-1)

Time -- 8

Site -- Byrd Stadium, College Park


Radio -- 105.7 FM, 1300 AM, XM Satellite Radio Ch. 191

Line -- Maryland by 4

Series -- Maryland leads 41-28-2

Last meeting -- Maryland won, 28-26, on Oct. 14, 2006, in Charlottesville, Va.

Maryland offense vs. Virginia defense -- Maryland quarterback Chris Turner will be making his second career start in place of injured Jordan Steffy (concussion), and sophomore lineman Phil Costa is expected to make his first career start in place of injured right guard Andrew Crummey (broken fibula). The Terps' ground game is the second-most productive in the ACC, as tailbacks Keon Lattimore and Lance Ball have helped Maryland average 162 yards. The Cavaliers are led by defensive ends Chris Long and Jeffrey Fitzgerald, who have combined for 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Virginia is holding opponents to 18.6 points per game.

Maryland defense vs. Virginia offense -- The Cavaliers' average margin of victory is 8.5 points, and they rank 108th nationally in total offense. All five starters on the offensive line returned from last season, including left guard Branden Albert, who has 31 career starts. The running game is sixth in the ACC with 131.4 yards per game, but leading tailback Cedric Peerman is injured (foot) and not expected to play. Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson is expected to play today after missing the Georgia Tech game with a knee injury, and linebacker Dave Philistin is coming off a career performance against the Yellow Jackets in which he made 21 tackles. The Terps have allowed too many big plays, though, and have allowed opponents to convert 39.2 percent of their third downs. The only team in the ACC that has fared worse in third-down defense is Duke.

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