Brandon Ross has continued his banner day, but repeated mistakes by Maryland on both sides of the ball have left the Terps trailing 16-14 at halftime. Ross has seven touches for 123 yards and two touchdowns, but Maryland has struggled in the other phases of the game.
Virginia started the quarter with the ball in Maryland territory, and were unable to get out as the Terrapin defense forced a punt.
On the first play of Maryland's next drive, Stefon Diggs did his thing. Caleb Rowe threw a poor pass down the field intended for Deon Long, and after Anthony Harris deflected it, Diggs found his way there for the 39-yard catch. After being sacked on the next play, Rowe made another bad throw -- this one tipped by Maurice Canady -- that found its way into the arms of Levern Jacobs, who caught it for a 17-yard gain. The Terps showed a new wrinkle in their offensive gameplan, as Albert Reid took a direct snap in the Wild Crab for a 20-yard touchdown, but it was called back for holding (when Reid was already ten yards down field). On the next play, Rowe fumbled the ball and Virginia recovered.
Virginia was unable to do anything on their next drive, as Watford ran for no gain, and threw two wildly incomplete passes to force the punt. After a one-yard loss for Brandon Ross, Rowe found Deon Long on the right side, who broke off a 37-yard gain. After an incomplete pass to Culmer, Ross ran 36 yards down the right side to bring Maryland into the red zone. Four plays later, Rowe pitched it outside to Ross, who ran seven yards for the touchdown, making it 14-6 Terps.
On the Cavaliers' following drive, Khalek Shepherd broke off a 44-yard to bring the ball into the red zone. A few plays later, Watford made an incredible play down the left side, running around the Maryland defense before finding Jake McGee in the end zone for the score to make it a one-point game.
True freshman Jacquille Veii got some play on Maryland's next drive, running for 16 yards on the first play before catching a screen pass for six more. After a rush for no gain by Veii, Rowe found Nigel King for a first down to keep the drive alive. Rowe was sacked for a loss of 13 yards, and on third-and-long he went deep to Deon Long -- too deep, and the Terps punted the ball away.
On the first play of the following drive, Watford found Parks for a 35-yard screen pass, before targeting the McGee/Hendy mismatch for 14 more. After two stops by the Maryland defense, Watford completed another screen to Parks for the first down. After a two-yard rush from Shepherd, Watford threw two incomplete passes (including a nice play by Hendy to break one up), but Vozenilek hit the 27-yarder to make it 16-14.