Virginia’s Perry Jones, Kris Burd chase milestones

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Just one Virginia running back has run for 1,000 yards in the last decade, that being Alvin Pearman in 2004.

Junior Perry Jones is poised to join the club if he can keep up his productivity.

A 139-yard day gave Jones 782 on the season. With four games remaining, he’ll need to average just 55 yards a game to break the barrier.

Jones said that it would be a nice distinction, but that he was more pleased about the team’s other milestones after Saturday’s 31-13 victory against Maryland — breaking a 13-game losing streak in November and reaching bowl eligibility.

“Coming into this game, we didn’t want to let the past two or three years affect right now,” he said.

Senior receiver Kris Burd also used a productive day to propel into the record books. His nine catches give him 142 career receptions, good for third all-time. He needs just two more to tie Heath Miller for second place.

Rivalry game produces heated feelings

Of all the reasons to be despondent about Saturday’s loss — that his team won’t be bowl eligible, that the Terrapins appeared to quit late in the game, and that the quarterback carousel will continue — Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien said it stung most because it was against U.Va.

“That’s the last team you want to lose to,” he told reporters afterward.

While Ralph Friedgen is gone, along with his legendary hatred of all things Virginia, the players echoed the former coach’s thoughts this week.

Offensive lineman Justin Gilbert, who played for Monacan High School, told The Washington Times how he felt about the Cavs.

“Everybody always says back home if you’re from Virginia, you hate Virginia unless you went to Virginia,” he said. “Definitely, Tech’s the big in-state school. Especially in my town, everybody hates U.Va. I’ve never really liked U.Va.”

Former Terrapins standout Torrey Smith weighed in on Twitter during the game, saying that he’d be fine with Maryland going 1-11 if its victory was against U.Va.

Extra points

Rodney McLeod’s three interceptions were the most in a game since Anthony Poindexter did so against N.C. State in 1996. … Maryland fans proved skeptics wrong with an attendance of 37,401 — a healthy crowd after a lackluster showing last Saturday. … U.Va. offensive lineman Morgan Moses (Meadowbrook) had to be helped off the field with an apparent ankle injury late in the fourth quarter.

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