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Maryland wide receiver Deon Long (6) blocks Virginia Cavaliers safety Anthony Harris, allowing running back Brandon Ross to hit the open lane for a 77-yard gain during the first quarter on Oct. 12, 2013.
Maryland wide receiver Deon Long (6) blocks Virginia Cavaliers safety Anthony Harris, allowing running back Brandon Ross to hit the open lane for a 77-yard gain during the first quarter on Oct. 12, 2013. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Maryland football is getting back in touch with its roots.

The Terps announced Thursday that they will play a home-and-home series against Virginia in 2023 and 2024. Maryland has played Virginia in football 78 times, more than any opponent in school history. The Terps are 44-32-2 in the series, including wins in their two most recent meetings as Atlantic Coast Conference schools.

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Maryland will host the Cavaliers on Sept. 16, 2023, before heading to Charlottesville on Sept. 14, 2024.

After finishing his first season as Maryland football coach, DJ Durkin is preparing to spend much of the last three weeks of January on the road in preparation

The announcement marks the first time the Terps have scheduled a nonconference game against an ACC school since officially joining the Big Ten in 2014. Maryland faced Syracuse in 2014 and will meet the Orange again in 2019, but both games were agreed to in 2013.

While the Terps advanced to a bowl game in their first year under coach DJ Durkin, the Cavaliers struggled with their own restart. Under former Brigham Young coach Bronco Mendenhall, they went 2-10 and lost their final seven games this past season.

It's uncertain whether they will still be coaching at their respective schools when the teams face off, since 2023 is six years away.

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