CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- University of Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger began soliciting last-minute bowl bids yesterday.
Maryland's 35-30 upset of No. 8 Virginia may have put the Terps back in the bowl picture, especially because of the low number of Division I-A teams with winning records.
Maryland (6-5) hasn't been involved in postseason play since the Cherry Bowl in 1985, which until now was the most recent time the Terps had a winning season.
"I'm going home, watch television and check out who did what," said Geiger. "I'll be making a lot of phone calls tomorrow. It's time to get refocused on this again."
Bowl bids officially are extended Nov. 24. Geiger said he would not estimate the team's chances, because he was awaiting scores from other games.
"I feel that these kids had a great season, and they played a very tough schedule," said Maryland coach Joe Krivak. "They deserve to play another game. So if they're any bowl people out there looking for another team, then we're available."
Geiger might be making some of his phone calls to Atlanta, where Peach Bowl officials appear to be in a wait-and-see mode. Theirs is one of a number of bowls that is interested in Auburn or Alabama. Should either of those schools accept another bowl invitation, that might leave an opening for Maryland.
* Virginia quarterback Shawn Moore, a Heisman Trophy candidate, dislocated the thumb on his right hand and was expected to undergo surgery yesterday, said a Virginia official.
Moore injured the thumb in the last minute while being sacked by linebacker Louis Johnson.
Moore will miss the Cavaliers' game with Virginia Tech next week and possibly the USF&G Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.
* Virginia wide receiver Herman Moore, regarded as one of the best receivers in the country, had only four receptions for 33 yards, two of those on Virginia's last possession. He had caught at least one touchdown pass in the past nine games, but was shut out yesterday.
"We lined our strong safety up on him, and he pretty much followed him wherever he went," said Maryland cornerback Mike Hollis.
* Where has freshman running back Mark Mason been all season? On the bench.
The freshman replaced injured (turf toe) junior starter Troy Jackson in the second half and rushed for a total of 116 yards on 18 carries. He had touchdown runs of 8 and 59 yards.
"I wanted more playing time, sure," said Mason. "But Troy deserved to play, he carried this team most of the season."
* Virginia coach George Welsh said there was some merit to the Maryland players' claim that the Cavaliers were looking forward to the Sugar Bowl instead of being focused on the Terps.
"There was a lot of talk about New Orleans during the week, and that's not good," said Welsh. "But that usually affects you early in the game. We came out mentally prepared to play well early, I thought."
* Hollis intercepted a pass he wrestled away from Herman Moore in the third quarter, and then proceeded to taunt Virginia players by dancing in front of them.
The dancing caused the fans to chant his name and Krivak to yell at him after the interception.
"They were taunting our players, so I decided to do the same to them," said Hollis. "Coach just came over to me and told me to have more class, of course, with a few expletives. He also said the bus was in the parking lot waiting for me if I didn't shape up."
* Maryland senior wide receiver Barry Johnson had three catches for 41 yards yesterday, giving him 105 for his career. He missed the career mark of 108 held by Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof.