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Week 10: Virginia, Navy take first place in their divisions

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Week 10: Virginia, Navy take first place in their divisions

Virginia and Navy sit in first place in the ACC Coastal and AAC West, respectively after their Week 10 wins. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, suffered heartbreak in South Bend and Maryland's downward spiral continues.

Here’s a recap of the week’s local action.

Navy 56, UConn 10

The good

Malcolm Perry rushed for 108 yards, passed for another 165 and scored three total touchdowns in the blowout win. It was the fifth-straight 100-yard rushing game for Perry who reached 1,000 yards on the year for the third consecutive season. Perry is now just the second player in school history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in three straight seasons joining Keenan Reynolds.

SMU suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday falling to Memphis. The loss now puts Navy in first place in the AAC West.

The bad

The final score was decisive, but the Midshipmen struggled to put the Huskies away in the first half. With the score 28-10 late in the second quarter, UConn drove the field and had a first down on Navy’s 2-yard line. Linebacker Jacob Springer came to the rescue and forced a fumbled on third down which the Midshipmen would recover allowing them to escape the half with their lead intact.

The ugly

UConn has now lost 16 straight against AAC opponents, explaining, in a nutshell, the impetus for the Huskies wanting to leave the conference.

With Randy Edsall’s bizarre, bonus-laden contract, he likely earned more money during the 46-point beat down, but that has not yet been confirmed.

Michigan 38, Maryland 7

The good

Michigan’s offense obliterated Notre Dame one week ago for 437 yards, 303 of which came on the ground. Maryland’s defense has been porous all year, but put together a strong effort to limit Michigan’s effectiveness.

Hassan Haskins, who rushed for 149 yards against Notre Dame, was limited to just 60 yards on Saturday. Zach Charbonnet, 74 yards against Notre Dame, rushed for 28. A Terps defense ranked dead last in the Big Ten against the pass held Shea Patterson to 151 pass yards.

In total, the Wolverines finished with 331 total yards. Not at all a dominant performance as the defense rose to the occasion and played much better than it had in recent weeks.

The bad

Josh Jackson started at quarterback and completed only nine of his 20 pass attempts for 97 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Maryland also struggled to protect Jackson as he was sacked four times.

Despite the Terps’ struggles on offense, Maryland was able to drive into the red zone twice in the first half while the game was still close. The Terps walked away with zero points from those two trips, however, allowing Michigan to pull away.

Maryland drove 63 yards in the first quarter to bring the ball down to Michigan’s 12-yard line. On third down, Jackson was hit in the backfield as he attempted to pass. The ball popped up to defensive back Josh Metellus who hauled in the interception. That ended a 12-play drive.

In the second quarter, the Terps drove the ball down to Michigan’s 11, but the pass rush again got to Jackson and he took a costly nine-yard sack on third down. That turned what should have been a 28-yard field goal attempt into a 37-yarder which kicker Joseph Petrino missed wide right.

The ugly

Maryland’s only points on the day came on a 97-yard kickoff return from Javon Leake in the third quarter. That was the highlight. For the rest of the game, however, special teams was a major issue and may well have cost the Terps the game.

Giles Jackson returned the opening kickoff 97 yards to give Michigan the early lead, Maryland missed a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter to get on the board. With Michigan’s offense stalling late in the second and Maryland still very much in the game, Jim Harbaugh dialed up a fake punt on a fourth and one. The punt protector Michael Barrett took the direct snap and ran it up the middle for 14 yards. On the very next play, Shea Patterson connected with Nico Collins for 51 yards and two plays later, Zach Charbonnet finished off the drive with the touchdown run.

In the first half alone, special teams essentially accounted for two Wolverine touchdowns, plus three lost points for the Terps on the missed field goal.

Notre Dame 21, Virginia Tech 20

The good

It was not a great performance by the defense as the Hokies gave up 442 yards to the Irish, but ultimately Bud Foster’s defense bent, but would not break for much of the game forcing three turnovers and limiting Notre Dame to just three successful drives and 21 points.

The bad

This loss was a heartbreaker as Virginia Tech didn’t trail at all in the second half until quarterback Ian Book ran seven yards for the touchdown with 29 seconds left to go in the game. The play capped an 18-play, 87-yard game-winning drive for the Irish. On that drive, Notre Dame converted two fourth downs.

The ugly

The defense made a bit of history in the second quarter. With just 24 seconds left in the half, Notre Dame had the ball at Virginia Tech’s one-yard line looking to increase their lead. Jafar Armstrong took the handoff, but a hit sent the ball into the air and into the hands of Virginia Tech’s Divine Deablo. He would return the fumble 98 yards for the touchdown which tied the game at 14 heading into half time.

The play was the longest fumble return for a touchdown against Notre Dame of all-time.

Virginia 38, North Carolina 21

The good

Quarterback Bryce Perkins was absolutely dominant with 450 total yards and five touchdowns. He led the team both in passing (378) and rushing yards (112).  The defense came up big late as North Carolina drove the ball down to Virginia's 6-yard line with a chance to tie it with five minutes remaining in the game. The Cavaliers held strong and forced the turnover on downs after an incomplete pass on fourth down.

This was as close to a perfect road game as you can get. UVA was perfect inside the red zone with points on all five possessions, had only one penalty the entire game and did not turn the ball over.

The win gives Virginia sole possession of first place in the Coastal Division and makes the Cavaliers now bowl eligible for a third-consecutive season.

The bad

While the defense may have come up big late,  that was one of the few stops they had on the day as the Tar Heels finished with 539 total yards. North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns.

The ugly

Virginia's starting safety Brenton Nelson did not play in the game and has officially been declared out for the season with an injury.

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Jalen Smith's career night propels No. 17 Terps past Northwestern

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Jalen Smith's career night propels No. 17 Terps past Northwestern

Jalen Smith scored a career-high 25 points, and No. 17 Maryland rallied to beat Northwestern 77-66 on Tuesday night.

The Terrapins trailed by as much as 15 in the first half and were down 10 in the second when they went on a 15-2 run.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Aaron Wiggins and Anthony Cowan Jr. gave Maryland (15-4, 5-3 Big Ten) its first lead of the game at 56-55 with 9:10 remaining before Smith punctuated it with a hard dunk. Smith also hit a huge 3 with just under two minutes left to make it 72-63, lifting the Terrapins to their second straight win after back-to-back losses.

Smith, a sophomore, surpassed his previous high of 21 points against Minnesota last season. Wiggins scored 17. And Maryland came away with the win after dropping four straight away from home despite shooting just 35%.

Pat Spencer led Northwestern (6-12, 1-7) with 17 points. Miller Kopp scored 16. But the Wildcats lost for the eighth time in nine games.

Northwestern came into the game ranked 13th in the Big Ten in scoring, but took a 40-26 lead to the locker room after a blistering first half.

Kopp scored 11 and Nance added nine points. Northwestern shot 15 of 25 overall, made 4 of 6 3's and clamped down on Maryland. Cowan and Jalen Smith each scored just four points, and the Terrapins shot just 6 of 25 overall and 5 of 17 from beyond the arc.

Northwestern led 36-21 after a floater by A.J. Turner and had a 14-point lead at the half.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: Though the Terrapins struggled in the early going, they steadied themselves down the stretch. They also seem to be getting their footing back, beating Purdue and Northwestern after getting pounded at Iowa and losing by two at Wisconsin.

Northwestern: The Wildcats built the big lead early on, only to drop another tight game after losing by four at Illinois on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Maryland: The Terrapins will try to make it a two-game sweep when they visit Indiana on Sunday. Maryland beat the Hoosiers 75-59 on Jan. 4.

Northwestern: The Wildcats will try to stop their skid when they host Ohio State on Sunday.

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Wolfpack overcomes 10-minute scoring drought to top Virginia

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Wolfpack overcomes 10-minute scoring drought to top Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- North Carolina State took a page from the book Virginia used to win a national championship last season and used it against the Cavaliers.

The Wolfpack overcame a second-half drought of more than 10 minutes on Monday night and recovered just in time for a 53-51 victory over the Cavaliers.

D.J. Funderburk scored 14 points before fouling out and C.J. Bryce added 13 points for N.C. State (14-5, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), including a jumper with 27 seconds left after allowing the shot clock to race to near 0:00. The victory ended an eight-game losing streak against the Cavaliers.

"This is the second game in a row where I thought our guys stepped up and won the game on the defensive end," Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts said.

It took plenty of patience, Bryce and fellow guard Markell Johnson said.

"We were stuck at 42 for the longest time," Johnson said of the drought that lasted from a basket with 13:51 left until Jericole Hellems' 3-pointer with 3:38 left. "I just tried to do whatever I could to get the lead and then C.J. hit a great shot and took it from there."

Johnson and Bryce each played nearly 38 minutes.

"We did a really good job of keeping our composure and staying patient and it worked out for us." Bryce said.

Virginia (12-6, 4-4) had used a 15-0 run during the N.C. State drought that lasted 10:13 to take a 46-42 lead, bringing the crowd at John Paul Jones Arena back into the game. Hellems' 3-pointer ended N.C. State' skid, and, after a free throw by Mamadi Diakite for Virginia, Johnson hit a 3-pointer and then Hellems followed two Virginia misses with a putback that gave the Wolfpack a 50-47 lead.

Johnson and Bryce both missed the front end of one-and-one free throw opportunities, and Kihei Clark hit a pair for Virginia. Braxton Beverly made the first and missed the second for the Wolfpack with 7.2 seconds left, and the Cavaliers Casey Morsell was short on a contested 3 at the buzzer.

"They made a couple plays,. That's what you have to do down the stretch to win," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said after his team's third home loss of the season, which is more than the two they had the last two seasons combined.

Clark led Virginia with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The Wolfpack had used an 8-0 run to go ahead 42-31. Virginia helped out by going scoreless for more than 6 1/2 minutes. Francisco Caffaro, who had just been inserted into the game, ended the drought with 11:13 left, sparking Virginia's run.

BIG PICTURE

N.C. State: The Wolfpack seemed on their way to a solid victory until the drought, during which they were 1 for 8 from the field with five turnovers and repeatedly let the shot clock run down into single digits, forcing bad shots. ... NC State also played without 6-foot-11 ACC shot-blocking leader Manny Bates (2.94), who is in the concussion protocol, and forward Pat Andree (ankle). Keatts said he didn't know is Bates will be available come Saturday.

Virginia: In the Cavaliers' continuing search for scoring help, freshman Casey Morsell had as many as three field goals for the first time since a 65-56 victory against Navy on Dec. 29. He was 4 for 20 from the field in his last five games. He finished the night 4 for 9 and his buzzer-beater attempt was closely guarded. Morsell said he was trying to get the ball to Clark but when he couldn't find him quickly, "time was ticking so I had to let it go."

UP NEXT

The Wolfpack remains on the road and plays at Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The Cavaliers go on the road and play at Wake Forest on Sunday.

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