College Park, MD (WWBT)- The Virginia football team had not tasted bowl eligibility since 2007, which was also the last time the Cavaliers won a game in November. Mike London's team, however, put an end to that 13 game November losing streak and punched its ticket to a postseason contest Saturday in College Park.
Virginia out-scored Maryland 24-0 in the second half en route to a 31-13 win over the Terrapins, UVa's third straight win at Byrd Stadium. Perry Jones wasted no time getting started, scoring from 48 yards out on the first play from scrimmage. A Maryland touchdown and two field goals would give the Terps a 13-7 lead, but towards the end of the first half, Michael Rocco found a wide open Kevin Parks who completed a 35 yard touchdown play to give the Wahoos a 14-13 halftime lead.
The second half was all Cavaliers. Jones found the endzone for the second time with a one yard score on 4th and goal to extend the advantage to 21-13 and Rocco would hook up with Max Milien for an 18 yard score. Robert Randolph would add a field goal to cap off the scoring, sending the Cavaliers to their most convincing ACC win in the Mike London era.
Defensive back Rodney McLeod was a key player in the game, pulling in a career-high three interceptions on the afternoon. Jones finished the day with 139 rushing yards, 100 of which came on the first half, and the two scores. Rocco completed 23 of 36 passes for 307 yards.
Virginia improves to 6-3, 3-2 in the ACC, and will return home to face Duke next Saturday. The Blue Devils have beaten the Wahoos in their last three meetings, including a 55-48 shootout in Durham last season.