It was a solid day of predictions as far as Maryland was concerned …
1. Justus Pickett will start at tailback —- assuming a tailback is on the field to start.
CORRECT. Pickett got the call but had 15 carries for minus-8 yards. He did add three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown, but it was a lackluster day (to say the least) for Maryland’s rushing attack.
2. Kenneth Tate will start at linebacker.
CORRECT. Tate assisted on seven tackles while making his first start of the season and handling the bulk of the work at strong-side linebacker. Alex Twine was not credited with a tackle.
3. Virginia will use multiple quarterbacks.
CORRECT. It took a while —- until the last six minutes —- but Michael Rocco relieved Phillip Sims and immediately led the Cavaliers on a 10-play scoring drive. Rocco was 5-for-11 for 79 yards and a score; Sims was 13 of 28 for 139 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble.
4. It will be a 10-tackle day for Demetrius Hartsfield.
INCORRECT. The senior had eight tackles, third on the team behind Joe Vellano and Anthony Nixon, who both had nine stops. Hartsfield is up to 52 tackles through six games and is on pace for his second straight 100-tackle day.
5. Maryland will win.
CORRECT. The Terps won for the third time in four trips to Charlottesville and improved to 4-2 on the season. Maryland is the last remaining unbeaten team in ACC play, though it only had an edge of one game in the loss column compared to Florida State (3-1), Clemson (2-1) and N.C. State (1-1).
—- Patrick Stevens