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Virginia loses 5th straight to Maryland 27-20

Associated Press Published: October 13, 2012
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — It was the same message from Virginia coach Mike London after another disheartening loss all but eliminated the Cavaliers from bowl contention.

"The worst thing we could do now is start pointing fingers and blaming and things like that," London said after Maryland extended the Cavaliers' losing streak to five with a 27-20 victory Saturday.

He vowed to continue to work hard and make sure the players are "coached up" so they have a chance to turn things around.

"We want to play well on the field, and we will play well on the field," London said.

Looking at the stat sheet, it doesn't appear the Cavaliers (2-5, 0-3 ACC) played that poorly against the Terrapins. They held Maryland to minus-2 yards rushing and ran for 168 yards themselves — the most allowed this season by the seventh-leading run defense in the nation. They outgained Maryland (4-2, 2-0) 386 yards to 235 yards overall, and had 20 first downs to the Terrapins' 10.

"Not enough good things happened to us today at the end to pull this thing out," London said. "Great effort by these guys, but great effort doesn't end the result with a 'W.' It's still a loss."

The difference was a handful of explosive plays by Maryland — including Stefon Diggs' 100-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff — and a pair of costly turnovers by Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims.

Sims, an Alabama transfer making his second start, threw an interception that led to Maryland's second touchdown — a 20-yard pass from freshman Perry Hills to Justus Pickett. His night ended with a fumble at the Virginia 15 that led to a Maryland field goal that widened the Terrapins' lead to 14 with 6:08 remaining.

Backup Michael Rocco came on and promptly led a 10-play, 81-yard drive capped by a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee to make it 27-20 with 4:10 left. But after a three-and-out by Maryland, Rocco's last four passes fell incomplete.

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