Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) - Freshman quarterback Perry Hills fueled the Maryland Terrapins to a road win despite rushing for negative-two yards as a team in a 27-20 win over the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium.
Hills completed 14-of-26 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown for the Terrapins (4-2, 2-0 ACC). Their starting running back Justus Pickett carried 15 times for negative-eight yards, meaning Hills' seven yards rushing was a team-high.
Virginia (2-5, 0-3) quarterback Phillip Sims struggled in this one, going just 13-of-28 passing for 139 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked five times and turned the ball over twice before giving way to Michael Rocco in the fourth quarter. Rocco finished 5-of-11 with a touchdown. Kevin Parks ran 17 times for 129 yards to lead the Cavaliers on the ground.
Stefon Diggs put Maryland on the board right away when he returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a score. Then Anthony Nixon's first career interception on 3rd-and-15 set up the Terrapin offense in Cavalier territory, and Hills took advantage. His 20-yard touchdown pass to Pickett five plays later marked the first time Maryland scored a touchdown on their opening drive this season.
Terrapins' kicker Brad Craddock drilled a 33-yard field goal to give Maryland a 17-0 lead with 4:59 remaining in the first quarter.
Both offenses went stagnant for the rest of the half. The only other points of the first half came when Cavalier's kicker Ian Frye made a 20-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. Maryland led 17-3 at the break.
The Cavaliers finally found the end zone late in the third quarter when Sims hit E.J. Scott from 20 yards out. Frye added his second field goal of the game to cut the deficit to 17-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
Hills gave Maryland some insurance with a six-yard touchdown run to begin the final quarter. A Sims fumble led to Craddock's second field goal of the day, and the Terps led 27-13 with just 6:08 remaining.
Rocco, who replaced Sims after the fumble, looked comfortable in the pocket and led the Cavaliers to a scoring drive less than two minutes after Craddock's field goal. Jake McGee was the recipient on Rocco's touchdown throw, and Maryland's lead was seven with 4:10 left to play.
Virginia's defense did its job, forcing a Maryland punt to give Rocco and the offense the ball back with 1:51 remaining. But four consecutive incomplete passes ended any hope of a late-game rally.
Maryland had just one penalty in the game compared to seven for Virginia. The Terps improve to 43-32-2 all-time against the Cavaliers.