- Associated Press - Saturday, October 12, 2013

Maryland and Virginia closed the door on their border rivalry with a wild, seesaw duel that went down to the final minute.

Caleb Rowe threw for 332 yards and hit tight end Dave Stinebaugh for the go-ahead score with 5:14 left, and the Terrapins escaped with a harrowing 27-26 victory Saturday.

Rowe’s 12-yard touchdown pass made it 27-26. Virginia moved to the Maryland 24-yard line in the closing seconds before Alec Vozenilek’s 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with 10 seconds remaining.

The game featured five lead changes, 973 yards in offense and 157 offensive plays — including a whopping 93 by the Cavaliers.


“Well, that will make you feel a few years older, but I’ll take it,” Terrapins coach Randy Edsall said. “It’s good to beat Virginia the last time we’ll see them probably in the foreseeable future.”

The Terrapins and Cavaliers first clashed in 1919 and have played every season since 1957. But Maryland is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference next year to join the Big Ten, leaving the future of the series in doubt.

As it stands now, Maryland leads 44-32-2.

Rowe made his second career start in place of C.J. Brown, who sustained a concussion in last week’s 63-0 loss at Florida State. Rowe went 18 for 34 and directed an offense that accumulated 468 yards.

“I kind of felt like I was too ready,” Rowe said. “But once I settled in I made a few good plays here and there. Luckily, our team rallied around me and we came out with a victory.”

Brandon Ross ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns for the Terrapins (5-1, 1-1), who ended a three-game skid at home against the Cavaliers (2-4, 0-2).

“We know that’s probably the biggest rivalry we have in football here at the University of Maryland,” Edsall said. “So to be able to beat them the last time, it’s something special.”

David Watford went 27 for 44 for 263 yards and a score, and tight end Jake McGee had eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown for the Cavaliers, who have lost three straight. Kevin Parks ran for 112 yards and a touchdown, and Khalek Shepherd contributed 81 yards rushing to an offense that amassed 505 yards.

“Obviously, we’ve got to do better to give us the opportunity to win the game at the end,” coach Mike London said. “Alec should not shoulder the blame or anything like that. That’s his first miss since he’s been kicking. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way the game goes sometimes. The kids were resilient. I’m really proud of their effort.”

The Terrapins trailed 23-20 in the fourth quarter when a Virginia punt hit a Maryland player and was recovered by the Cavaliers. That led to Vozenilek’s fourth field goal with 7:11 remaining.

Rowe brought the Terrapins back with the help of two exceptional receptions. First, Deon Long leaped between two defenders to grab a floater on a third-and-22 for a 47-yard gain to the Virginia 13.

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