|Maryland–Virginia football rivalry|
|Maryland Terrapins||Virginia Cavaliers|
|Series Record||Maryland leads, 43–32–2|
|Most Recent Game||Maryland 27-20
2012 October (Charlottesville)
|Next Game||2013 (College Park)|
The Maryland–Virginia football rivalry is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the Maryland Terrapins football team of the University of Maryland and the Virginia Cavaliers football team of the University of Virginia. The Terrapins and Cavaliers first met on the football field in 1919, and the series has been played annually without interruption since 1957.
Maryland leads the all-time series with a total record of 43–32–2, although Virginia is 15–6 in the rivalry since 1992. Maryland possesses the longest winning streak of the series, sixteen games between 1972 and 1987, while Virginia has the second longest streak with nine consecutive wins ending in 2000.
On November 19, 2012, the University of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to withdraw from the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten Conference effective in 2014. As of April 2013, it is unknown whether the Virginia–Maryland series will continue after the 2013 season.
Several factors contribute to the intensity of the rivalry. The two states and their eponymous flagship universities, share close historical and cultural ties. The schools are located in relatively close geographic proximity, separated by about 129 miles. Due in large part to this proximity, the schools aggressively compete for recruits in the Mid-Atlantic region. Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen expressed the importance of the rivalry by stating, "It's a potential rivalry in every sport we play. They're border states. We compete for students, not just athletes."
The two are both long-time members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, with Maryland becoming a founding member in 1953 and Virginia joining later in that same year. When the conference reorganized in 2005, Maryland and Virginia were placed in separate divisions, but designated as cross-divisional rivals that continue to meet annually. The intensity of the rivalry is increased by a long history in the series of comebacks, shutouts, and spoilers that prevented one team from securing a conference championship or bowl game appearance. From the 1920s until 1945, the teams competed for the Tydings Trophy, named for former politician and Maryland alum Millard Tydings who had several friends amongst the professors at Virginia. In 2003, the schools discussed reviving the trophy tradition, but it was ultimately rejected by Virginia, due to concerns over the reorganization of the ACC.
Before and after their meeting in 2010, players from both schools attributed the importance of the game to the negative feelings the programs have for each other. Virginia center Anthony Mihota said "I guess it's because we don't like them very much. Something about them that gets under our skin". After Maryland's victory, Terp linebacker Adrian Moten commented, "This was a big win in the rivalry. They hate us. We hate them."
The high academic standing of the University of Virginia in a national publication has added to the competitiveness between the two. In 2003, University of Maryland president C.D. Mote asserted that, in academic terms, Virginia was "highly overrated these days ... U.S. News & World Report places them at the top of the pile with Berkeley, which is ridiculous." Mote further stated that students from the state of Maryland paying a higher tuition cost to attend the University of Virginia "don’t know any better." While the University of Virginia president, John Casteen, said such remarks can be taken out of context, Virginia board of visitors member, William H. Goodwin, responded in The Cavalier Daily, "I certainly think a college president should have more class, but you have to expect that from Maryland."
Former Virginia head coach Al Groh stopped short of calling the game with Maryland a 'rivalry', but said that "it is a very important game to our team and it is our annual game. So that certainly designates it as being different from the other games." Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen conceded that "[Virginia has] Virginia Tech as an in-state rivalry, but I think we're their out-of-state rivalry."
Virginia–Maryland is the second most played out-of-state rivalry for Virginia, after the longest standing rivalry in the ACC, the South's Oldest Rivalry between Virginia and North Carolina. It is the fourth most played for the Cavaliers overall, after North Carolina, Virginia Tech (Commonwealth Cup), and Virginia Military Institute.
In contrast, Maryland–Virginia is the most-played historical series for Maryland.
Maryland victories are shaded in red. Virginia victories are shaded in navy blue. Ties are shaded in gray.
|Date||Site||Winning team||Losing team||Series|
|13 October 2012||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||27||Virginia||20||MD 43–32–2|
|5 November 2011||College Park, MD||Virginia||31||Maryland||13||MD 42–32–2|
|14 November 2010||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||42||Virginia||23||MD 42–31–2|
|17 October 2009||College Park, MD||Virginia||20||Maryland||9||MD 41–31–2|
|4 October 2008||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||31||Maryland||0||MD 41–30–2|
|20 October 2007||College Park, MD||#24 Virginia||18||Maryland||17||MD 41–29–2|
|14 October 2006||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||28||Virginia||26||MD 41–28–2|
|1 October 2005||College Park, MD||Maryland||45||#18 Virginia||33||MD 40–28–2|
|6 November 2004||Charlottesville, VA||#13 Virginia||16||Maryland||0||MD 39–28–2|
|13 November 2003||College Park, MD||#24 Maryland||27||Virginia||17||MD 39–27–2|
|23 November 2002||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||48||#18 Maryland||13||MD 38–27–2|
|6 October 2001||College Park, MD||#25 Maryland||41||Virginia||21||MD 38–26–2|
|7 October 2000||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||31||Maryland||23||MD 37–26–2|
|20 November 1999||College Park, MD||Virginia||34||Maryland||30||MD 37–25–2|
|12 September 1998||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||31||Maryland||19||MD 37–24–2|
|1 November 1997||College Park, MD||Virginia||45||Maryland||0||MD 37–23–2|
|14 September 1996||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||21||Maryland||3||MD 37–22–2|
|11 November 1995||College Park, MD||Virginia||21||Maryland||18||MD 37–21–2|
|12 November 1994||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||46||Maryland||21||MD 37–20–2|
|4 September 1993||College Park, MD||Virginia||43||Maryland||29||MD 37–19–2|
|5 September 1992||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||28||Maryland||15||MD 37–18–2|
|7 September 1991||College Park, MD||Maryland||17||Virginia||6||MD 37–17–2|
|17 November 1990||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||35||Virginia||30||MD 36–17–2|
|18 November 1989||College Park, MD||Virginia||48||Maryland||21||MD 35–17–2|
|19 November 1988||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||24||Maryland||23||MD 35–16–2|
|12 September 1987||College Park, MD||Maryland||21||Virginia||19||MD 35–15–2|
|28 November 1986||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||42||Virginia||10||MD 34–15–2|
|29 November 1985||College Park, MD||Maryland||33||Virginia||21||MD 33–15–2|
|24 November 1984||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||45||Virginia||34||MD 32–15–2|
|1 October 1983||College Park, MD||Maryland||23||Virginia||3||MD 31–15–2|
|20 November 1982||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||45||Virginia||14||MD 30–15–2|
|21 November 1981||College Park, MD||Maryland||48||Virginia||7||MD 29–15–2|
|22 November 1980||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||31||Virginia||0||MD 28–15–2|
|24 November 1979||College Park, MD||Maryland||17||Virginia||7||MD 27–15–2|
|11 November 1978||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||17||Virginia||7||MD 26–15–2|
|19 November 1977||College Park, MD||Maryland||28||Virginia||0||MD 25–15–2|
|20 November 1976||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||28||Virginia||0||MD 24–15–2|
|22 November 1975||College Park, MD||Maryland||62||Virginia||24||MD 23–15–2|
|23 November 1974||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||10||Virginia||0||MD 22–15–2|
|10 November 1973||College Park, MD||Maryland||33||Virginia||0||MD 21–15–2|
|28 October 1972||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||24||Virginia||23||MD 20–15–2|
|20 November 1971||College Park, MD||Virginia||29||Maryland||27||MD 19–15–2|
|21 November 1970||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||17||Virginia||14||MD 19–14–2|
|22 November 1969||College Park, MD||Maryland||17||Virginia||14||MD 18–14–2|
|23 November 1968||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||28||Maryland||23||MD 17–14–2|
|25 November 1967||College Park, MD||Virginia||12||Maryland||7||MD 17–13–2|
|19 November 1966||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||41||Maryland||17||MD 17–12–2|
|20 November 1965||College Park, MD||Virginia||33||Maryland||27||MD 17–11–2|
|21 November 1964||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||10||Virginia||0||MD 17–10–2|
|23 November 1963||College Park, MD||Maryland||21||Virginia||6||MD 16–10–2|
|24 November 1962||College Park, MD||Maryland||40||Virginia||18||MD 15–10–2|
|25 November 1961||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||28||Maryland||16||MD 14–10–2|
|19 November 1960||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||44||Virginia||12||MD 14–9–2|
|21 November 1959||College Park, MD||Maryland||55||Virginia||12||MD 13–9–2|
|22 November 1958||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||44||Virginia||6||MD 12–9–2|
|23 November 1957||College Park, MD||Maryland||12||Virginia||0||MD 11–9–2|
|24 November 1945||Washington, D.C.||Maryland||19||Virginia||13||MD 10–9–2|
|4 November 1944||Washington, D.C.||Virginia||18||Maryland||7||Tied 9–9–2|
|6 November 1943||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||39||Maryland||0||MD 9–8–2|
|14 November 1942||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||27||Virginia||12||MD 9–7–2|
|12 October 1940||College Park, MD||Virginia||19||Maryland||6||MD 8–7–2|
|14 October 1939||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||12||Maryland||7||MD 8–6–2|
|22 October 1938||College Park, MD||Virginia||27||Maryland||19||MD 8–5–2|
|16 October 1937||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||3||Virginia||0||MD 8–4–2|
|17 October 1936||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||21||Virginia||0||MD 7–4–2|
|2 November 1935||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||14||Virginia||7||MD 6–4–2|
|3 November 1934||College Park, MD||Maryland||20||Virginia||0||MD 5–4–2|
|4 November 1933||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||6||Maryland||0||Tied 4–4–2|
|1 October 1932||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||7||Maryland||6||MD 4–3–2|
|3 October 1931||College Park, MD||Maryland||7||Virginia||6||MD 4–2–2|
|1 November 1930||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||14||Virginia||6||MD 3–2–2|
|2 November 1929||College Park, MD||Maryland||13||Virginia||13||Tied 2–2–2|
|17 November 1928||College Park, MD||Maryland||18||Virginia||2||Tied 2–2–1|
|12 November 1927||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||21||Maryland||0||UVA 2–1–1|
|13 November 1926||College Park, MD||Maryland||6||Virginia||6||Tied 1–1–1|
|24 October 1925||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia||6||Maryland||0||Tied 1–1|
|11 October 1919||Charlottesville, VA||Maryland||13||Virginia||0||MD 1–0|
|Most total points in a game||89 (2005)|
|Most points in a win||62||48|
|Most points in a loss||30||34|
|Fewest total points in a game||3 (1937)|
|Largest margin of victory||43||45|
|Smallest margin of victory||1||1|
|Total points scored in series||1602||1385|
|Shut-outs of opposing team||10||7|
Maryland: 19, Virginia: 13
In 1945, the two teams met for a neutral site match-up at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. Head coach Frank Murray, a future Hall of Fame inductee, had led 13th-ranked Virginia to a perfect 7–0 record. The Cavaliers also held an undefeated streak of fourteen games. Bear Bryant was in his first and only year as Maryland head coach. Maryland's Sam Behr broke away for a 90-yard touchdown run, but Virginia held the lead in the fourth quarter. In the final seconds of play, Terrapin freshman tailback Bill "Red" Poling completed a forward pass to end Don Gleasner for a 50-yard score. With the win, Maryland tied the all-time series record, and, to date, Virginia has never regained the lead. The final result, 19–13, in favor of Maryland ended Virginia's perfect season and they fell to 20th place in the AP Poll. After this game, the series underwent an 11-year hiatus, and it proved to be the last year that the Tydings Trophy was awarded.
Virginia: 28, Maryland: 16
Tom Nugent's Terps entered their last season game boasting a 7–2 record that included a win over a seventh-ranked Syracuse with Heisman Trophy-winner Ernie Davis and the only victory over Penn State in school history. They faced a Virginia team that started off their season by breaking a three-year, 28-game losing streak against William & Mary. The Cavaliers had lost the last three meetings against Maryland by an average of 38 points. With a win against Virginia, the Terps would secure the ACC title and a trip to the Gator Bowl. After Maryland scored for an early lead, Virginia quarterback Gary Cuozzo tossed three short touchdown passes to third-string receiver John Hepler. Defensive back Ted Rzempoluch returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown, and sealed the Terps' fate to go bowl-less. The other three-loss team in the ACC, Duke, won the conference.
Virginia: 24, Maryland: 23
In the final minutes of the game, with the Terps trailing the Cavaliers 24–17, Maryland quarterback Neil O'Donnell was injured and taken out of the game. He was replaced by a young second-stringer Scott Zolak. Zolak led a drive which culminated with a three-yard option run for a touchdown narrowing the deficit to a point. With 69 seconds remaining on the clock, Maryland attempted the two-point conversion. Zolak threw into the endzone to running back Ricky Johnson. Johnson appeared to catch the ball before being hit by defensive back Keith McMeans, knocking the ball loose. An official in the endzone immediately signaled for a catch, before others waved it as incomplete. After the game, the usually level-headed Terps head coach Joe Krivak ran to the official who made the initial call, following him to the locker room, and then ran over to yell at referee Don Safrit. Several witnesses claim that Krivak said to the officials that "If it takes every ounce of energy, I'm going to get you out of this league." Virginia (7–4) broke their 16-game losing streak in the series and finished second in the conference. Maryland (5–6) failed to achieve a winning season for the third consecutive year. However, the Cavaliers failed to secure a bowl game berth, while N.C. State with a worse record went on to the Peach Bowl.
Maryland: 35, Virginia: 30
Besieged Maryland head coach Joe Krivak, with a 17–25 record, led his Terps (5–5) to a sold-out Scott Stadium in Charlottesville for their final regular season game. George Welsh's eighth-ranked Virginia (8–1) had spent three weeks atop the AP poll at number-one until a loss against Georgia Tech. At halftime, Maryland trailed 21–7. Then freshman reserve running back Mark Mason put the Terps back in the game with a 59-yard touchdown breakaway, and a team best run for the year. Maryland quarterback Scott Zolak threw for two more touchdowns and Mason scored the go-ahead with an 8-yard rush to put the Terps ahead 35–30. With the win, Maryland secured a bowl berth for the first time since Bobby Ross left four seasons prior. Virginia took a nose-dive in the AP rankings to 17th, and after another loss to Virginia Tech settled for the Sugar Bowl where they were edged by Tennessee, 23–22.
Virginia: 34, Maryland: 30
After starting the season 5–2, Maryland had suffered a devastating three-game losing streak before their finale at Byrd Stadium. The Terps (5–5) needed to beat the Cavaliers to finish with a winning season and likely secure a berth in the Aloha Bowl or Oahu Bowl. At the end of the first quarter, Virginia led 17–0. Maryland's freshman quarterback Latrez Harrison was pulled and replaced by former safety Randall Jones. Jones along with Heisman prospect running back LaMont Jordan led the Terps to tie it at 17–17 before halftime. In the third quarter, Jordan ran 90 yards to bring it to 24–17, but the Cavaliers equalized shortly thereafter. With 5:18 remaining, Terps kicker Brian Kopka made a field goal to bring it to 30–27. In the next series, the Cavaliers went for it on fourth down but a Dan Ellis pass was incomplete. The Terps took over on downs with 1:40 left on the clock. Victory seemed assured, but Maryland failed to convert a first down and the inexperienced Randall Jones ran out of bounds on third down, which stopped the clock when Virginia had no time-outs. The Cavaliers got the ball on their own 24-yard line. In nine plays and just 46 seconds, Dan Ellis led a 76-yard drive that culminated with a touchdown pass to Billy McMullen to clinch the game with 26 seconds left. The 33–30 final result evaporated the Terrapins' hopes for their first bowl game in nine years. After the game, Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden remarked "Devastating. The worst loss I've ever been associated with because of what was on the line."
Virginia: 48, Maryland: 13
After Terps head coach Ralph Friedgen stated Maryland expected to "beat teams like Duke and Virginia", the Cavs sought vindication for the comparison to ACC football's perpetual underdog. While Maryland's Scott McBrien passed for a touchdown in the first series, Virginia went on to score 20 unanswered points in the second quarter with two Matt Schaub passes and two field goals. In the second half, the Cavaliers delivered four more touchdowns: another Schaub pass, a pass by receiver Billy McMullen, and two short rushing scores. The Terps only managed to use Nick Novak to make good two field goals. The loss broke Maryland's eight-game winning streak, and prevented them from sharing a piece of the ACC championship. Instead, Florida State finished with a better conference record (7–1), and secured the title outright.
Maryland: 27, Virginia: 17
With leading rusher Bruce Perry out due to a sprained ankle, Terps running back Josh Allen adeptly filling in, and racked up 257 yards and two touchdowns. Virginia quarterback Matt Schaub threw for a touchdown and ran for another, but his second-half comeback attempt ultimately fell short. In the game, Schaub overtook Shawn Moore's career passing record at the school. There was also some excitement even before the game started. Maryland assistant coach James Franklin and Virginia head coach Al Groh had a heated exchange after a Cavaliers player interrupted the Terps' warm up drills. Then, after Virginia won the coin toss, Al Groh infamously elected to kick off to start both halves. Immediately after the decision, the entire Maryland team rushed the field in celebration and was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty before the opening kickoff. The win kept the Terps' ACC title hopes alive, but Florida State narrowly beat N.C. State 50–44 to win the conference outright. Maryland finished second-place in the ACC.
Maryland: 28, Virginia: 26
After giving up 255 yards, the Terps trailed 20–0 at halftime. Cavaliers punt returner Emmanuel Byers muffed a third-quarter punt to give Maryland possession on the Virginia one-yard line. Lance Ball rushed for a touchdown on the next play, and the Terps went on to score another 21 points in the final quarter to include a 56-yard breakaway by Keon Lattimore and a 45-yard pick-six by linebacker Erin Henderson. With 2:37 left on the clock, the Cavaliers responded with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree, to pull to 28–26. Virginia attempted a two-point conversion to send the game into overtime. Cornerback Josh Wilson, who was scored on twice earlier, broke up the pass to clinch the win for the Terps.
Virginia: 18, Maryland: 17
Reserve sophomore running back Mikell Simpson racked up 119 yards rushing and two TDs to go along with 152 receiving yards, for 271 all-purpose yards, as 19th-ranked Virginia came from behind to defeat Maryland. The game ended when, with 16 seconds remaining, Simpson dived into the endzone as the ball was knocked out of his hands. It was ruled a touchdown and Virginia defeated Maryland. Terps coach Ralph Friedgen said "I saw the ball come out on the goal line. I saw it and I don't think he had possession." Simpson himself stated, "It crossed the line. I knew I scored because I looked down and saw the yellow line and I saw the ball cross [before] they hit it out." With the victory, the Cavaliers reached seven wins in a row for the first time since 1990 and for only the fourth time in school history. They also accomplished the feat in 1914 and 1949. That season, Virginia won an NCAA record of five games by two points or less, with the other edged teams being North Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Connecticut, and Wake Forest.
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