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So he zipped out of the end zone. And while Edsall didn’t expect to see Diggs run out, the outcome wasn’t stunning.

“Nothing he does surprises me,” Edsall said.

As for who was caught off guard? That would be Virginia, which appears to have regressed to its 2010 levels of disorganization after what appeared to be a breakthrough 8-5 season last fall.

“We knew that Diggs was a special player, a dynamic player,” Cavaliers coach Mike London said. “Your job is to run down on the kickoffs and cover the kickoffs. Regardless of what you think someone is doing, that’s what we’re supposed to do and obviously we didn’t do it.”

That wasn’t the last time the Terps received a lift from their precocious star.

It was Diggs’ 60-yard reception that set up the field goal to make it 17-0 – the first time Maryland dropped 17 first-quarter points on a major-college opponent since 2002. It was a fake to Diggs that opened things up for quarterback Perry Hills to stroll into the end zone with 6:08 to play to make it 27-13.

Virginia switched quarterbacks after that, opting for Michael Rocco over Phillip Sims. He proceeded to lead a 10-play touchdown drive, but tossed four incompletions after taking over near midfield as Maryland sealed the victory.

The Terps have already doubled their victory total from a year. They’ve avenged three losses and will get a crack at a fourth Saturday when N.C. State visits Byrd Stadium.

And despite some statistical anomalies, the Terps have massaged four tight games into tightrope victories.

“They just keep playing,” Edsall said.

And they keep counting, too.