The Washington Times - October 17, 2009, 06:39PM

It figured that neither offense would actually get the end zone first.

Instead, it was Virginia defensive end Nate Collins‘ interception return of a tipped Chris Turner pass that has shifted the lead to the Cavaliers and pretty much forced the Terps to somehow score a touchdown on this miserable day if they want to realistically save the season.

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And make no mistake. That’s what is on the line in the next 15 minutes. Maryland’s chances of turning things around in the final five games aren’t so great if it needs to go 4-1. Asking the Terps to go 3-2 – based on performance to date – is a little steep. There’s absolutely no evidence this team can take four of five.

So that’s what is on the shoulders of Turner and the rest of the offense for the remainder of the evening. Pull out an ugly victory, and there’s hope. Otherwise, the chances of reaching a fourth straight bowl simply aren’t all that great.

– Patrick Stevens