Thursday, December 05, 2013 6:12 AM
Published on: Friday, October 11, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
The annual border rivalry between Maryland and Virginia resumes on Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
However, the 78th all-time meeting between the two schools will also mark the 57th and final time that Maryland and Virginia will meet in ACC action as the Terrapins will be leaving for the Big Ten in 2014.
Maryland (4-1) has won two of the last three meetings including last year’s matchup in Charlottesville, 27-20.
Meanwhile, Virginia (2-3) will be searching for the program’s fourth consecutive road win at Byrd Stadium.
Both teams are looking to rebound from lopsided losses; Maryland suffered a 63-0 setback to Florida State and Virginia was defeated by Ball State, 48-27.
“They ran the ball really well against Ball State, had over 240 yards,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “Kevin Parks is very quick, does a really good job in terms of finding the hole. Khalek Shepherd is also a really good back. (David) Watford is a good quarterback. They run things out of the pistol and they’ll run some of the zone-read things as well, but again Parks is a good tough runner and really a good football player.”
Parks has had some of his finest days as a collegian against Maryland, registering 196 yards on 31 carries in two previous games. He also has amassed three receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown against the Terrapins.
The Maryland defense will have its work cut out and after last week’s outcome, the Terrapins look to redeem themselves with a good showing.
“The goal is still to win every game; you never know what is going to happen,” said Maryland linebacker Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil. “Definitely, don’t think the chances of us becoming ACC champs have gone down the drain. In the meantime, you just have to control what you can control and going out there and giving it your all and trying to win every game.”