Terps look good, but result is bad: Virginia, 28-15 Cavaliers spoil Duffner's debut

September 06, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- New Maryland coach Mark Duffner was dressed in brown pants, a white shirt and he wore a tie. He also wore headphones. He paced the sidelines like a madman. He gave high fives and he seemed to make all the right moves.

He ran the run-and-shoot. He used three receivers to one sideand sometimes two on the other. He went with two tight ends and ran out of the shotgun. His defensive front seven played well, and the multilooks gave Virginia trouble.

But in the end, Virginia discovered Maryland's weaknesses ithe secondary, and the Terps specials teams weren't so special as Virginia defeated Maryland, 28-15, in the season opener for both teams last night at Scott Stadium.

Virginia scored two touchdowns and a field goal in the fourtquarter to seal the victory.

The loss ruined Duffner's debut as Maryland's new head footbalcoach and ended a two-game winning streak by Maryland over Virginia.

Maryland went into halftime with a 7-6 lead, as Virginia missed aextra point after a touchdown with 1:22 left in the second quarter.

The touchdown came on Virginia's only drive of the first half, athe Cavaliers went 68 yards in six plays.

The touchdown came on a 20-yard pass from quarterback BobbGoodman to wide receiver Patrick Jeffers on a slant in pattern.

Virginia, which had problems with Maryland's defense, finallfound the Terps' weakness in the drive. The Cavaliers played long ball, first connecting on a 40-yard pass from Goodman to wide receiver Tyrone Davis to the Maryland 15, as Davis beat Maryland cornerback Gene Green down the left sideline.

On the next play, Goodman overthrew a wide open DemetriuAllen in the left corner, as Allen beat Maryland redshirt freshman cornerback Mike Lacy. But Goodman came back at Lacy again on the touchdown pass.

It was one of the few flawless minutes in the first half for botteams, especially Virginia, which had four fumbles, two of which the Cavaliers lost. Goodman also had one pass intercepted at the Maryland 27 on the Cavaliers' first possession.

But Maryland had trouble capitalizing on the turnovers. For while, the Terps looked like the same bumbling, stumbling group that went 2-9 a year ago.

Senior quarterback John Kaleo overthrew and under-threreceivers in the first half. Two of his passes were batted down. When he was on target, the Terps, especially freshman wide receiver Wade Inge, kept dropping them. Four to be exact. Kaleo threw 28 passes in the first half.

Maryland's first blown opportunity came with 7:48 left in the firsperiod, when nose guard Jim Panagos recovered a fumble at the Virginia 49.

But Maryland gained only 6 yards -- a Mason run of 2 and Mason reception for 4 -- in three plays.

Goodman fumbled again on an option play to the right with 11:4left in the half, and Maryland outside linebacker Chad Wiestling recovered at the Virginia 48. Mason had two runs for 12 yards, but the Terps self-destructed in the next five plays.

Kaleo threw incomplete to slot receiver Frank Wycheck, anMaryland lost the down and 5 yards because of an ineligible player downfield. On the next play, Mason took a shuffle pass to the Virginia 24, but a holding penalty by offensive tackle Steve Ingram nullified the gain. Russ Weaver could not catch a pass from Kaleo, who then threw behind wide receiver Jermaine Lewis to end the threat.

Maryland, though, went on its first scoring drive on its nexpossession going 69 yards in 10 plays. The big plays in the drive were a 14-yard shuffle pass to running back Doug Burnett on a third and seven and an 11-yard pass from Kaleo to wide receiver Marcus Badgett. Then on third and six from the Virginia 27, Kaleo pumped right and threw to Inge on a quick screen to the left. Inge got a great block from Ingram and went down the left sideline for the touchdown with 3:23 left in the half.

Maryland had 156 yards of total offense in the half compared with 184 for Virginia, but Maryland had the ball for nearly six and a half minutes longer.

Maryland opened the second half with an impressive drive goinfrom its 28 to the Virginia 30. But on third and seven, Kaleo threw incomplete to wide receiver Richie Harris. Duffner tried for the touchdown on fourth down, but Kaleo threw a wobbly pass behind Badgett in the end zone. Badgett did a 180 degree turn and had his hands on the ball, but dropped it when he was hit by defensive back Greg McClellan.

The near touchdown seemed to wake up Virginia. The Cavalierwent 70 yards in nine plays on the next series. Goodman ended the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Allen, who beat Lacy again on a slant-in pattern with 4:56 left in the third period. Michael Husted then hit the upright and missed his second extra point.

Maryland, though, came back, led by Kaleo. The Terps went 7yards in eight plays for the touchdown. Kaleo had the big plays in the drive, first scrambling to his right and connecting with Badgett for a 13-yard gain on a third and eight at the Virginia 47.

Then on third and seven from the Virginia 19, Kaleo lofted a perfect touchdown pass to Badgett on a flag pattern to give Maryland a 15-12 lead with 14:53 left.

Greg McClellan then returned the kickoff to the Maryland 47, buon the next play, Maryland linebacker Mike Jarmolowich intercepted a Goodman pass and returned it to the Virginia 47.

Maryland lost nine yards on the next three plays, and facing fourth and 19 on its 44, Terps long snapper Corey Holobetz hiked the ball over Maryland punter David DeArmas. Virginia recovered the ball at the Maryland 7, and Goodman scored on 2-yard option run around right end with 11:16 left for a 19-15 Virginia lead.

Virginia's Husted kicked a 35-yard field goal with 6:27 left to puVirginia ahead, 22-15.

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