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Virginia 20, Maryland 9

Virginia is now 3-3 and in sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division. If you could have predicted this in the final hours of Sept. 5 after Virginia lost to William & Mary, you should move to Las Vegas. As always, I'm curious what you think. Please leave comments below or e-mail me at

In the meantime, here are some quick notes from Byrd Stadium that did not make the story you'll see in the Washington Post and on

Fullback Rashawn Jackson started at tailback in place of the injured Mikell Simpson and helped the Cavaliers to Saturday’s comeback. Jackson rushed for 73 of his 90 yards in the second half.

“This is my kind of weather; I’m a big back,” Jackson said. “I look forward to these games. I prepared the same way I usually prepare, to learn the offense. Fortunately, I was able to do my job really well.”
Virginia faced a 4th and 5 at Maryland's 35-yard line with 50 seconds remaining in the first half while trailing, 6-3, and Groh elected to punt. Groh said after the game he did consider otherwise.

“It’s a low-scoring game, field-position game at that particular time,” Groh said. “It just made sense.”
Maryland’s four fumbles – two lost – was not entirely because of the weather.

“We went into the game with a big emphasis on that had the sun been shiny,” Groh said. “But we did emphasize that the elements might increase our opportunities to do so.”
Quarterback Jameel Sewell and Matt Conrath both left the game and did not return, but Groh did not know whether the injuries will be long-term.

“It probably means they won’t be too spritely tomorrow,” Groh said. “But outside of that, other than my checking that each kid was okay, I haven’t taken the time to look too far into the future.”

Sewell said after the game he sprained his right ankle.

"I think it's fine; it's just a sprain," Sewell said. "I had already sprained it, but I just aggrevated it."

By Zach Berman  |  October 17, 2009; 9:24 PM ET
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