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Border rivalry: Maryland set for game at Virginia

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012

The game figures to have recruiting implications, too. Virginia recruits in Maryland, and has 11 natives on its roster.

"It's a pretty big game and you come here, the fans let you know it's a big game," Maryland senior defensive lineman AJ Francis said. "You get here, you play the game and you understand why it's a big rivalry because they don't like us and we don't like them and that's just how it is."

The Terps will bring the nation's seventh-stingiest run defense into Scott Stadium. They allow just 81 rushing yards per game, but also expect run-first Virginia to be more efficient on offense than it has shown. Virginia's running game has picked up in recent weeks after a slow start, and coach Mike London made a change at quarterback last week, inserting Alabama transfer Phillip Sims into the starting lineup.

After the Cavaliers took a 17-14 halftime lead at Duke, they were outscored 28-0 after halftime.

"Sims is a pretty good quarterback, a pretty good player," Francis said. "Last week was his first start in a long time, and he had the jitters. We're not really thinking he's going to come out nervous again. He was on the road last week against a pretty good football team in Duke. Now he's at home, making his first home start.

"I feel like he'll definitely be prepared for us this week."


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AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg contributed from College Park, Md.