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Halftime: Maryland 17, Virginia 3

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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Running through the good and the bad from the first half during which Maryland seized a 17-0 lead before yielding a second-quarter field goal. …

UPSIDE

* Stefon Diggs. The freshman returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. It is only the fourth 100-yard kickoff return in Maryland history and it is Diggs’ first special teams touchdown.

* Anthony Nixon. The freshman safety has a team-high six tackles and also collected a tipped interception. He’s done well in his second start.

* Pass defense. The Terps have been helped by dropped passes and Phillip Sims‘ generally unimpressive play, but they’ve only give up 61 yards on 17 pass attempts plus a sack. That’ll generally do.

DOWNSIDE

* The second quarter.  The Terps ran 10 plays for minus-1 yard in the period. Maryland’s 17 points might be enough, but they’d be wise to at least string a couple first downs together.

* The tailbacks. At one point, Justus Pickett had six carries for minus-12. He’s still in the red (10 for minus-3) and Albert Reid lost a yard on his only carry. The running game is going nowhere overall, with Devin Burns the leading rusher with a 3-yard rush.

* The run defense. The Terps have been strong against the run all year, but Virginia has 132 yards on the ground at the game’s midpoint. At some point, that’s going to generate something more than a field goal for Virginia.

Patrick Stevens

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