The Virginia football team lost its fifth game in a row Saturday, as the Cavaliers fell 27-20 at home against Maryland.
UVA is now 2-5 overall, and 0-3 in the ACC.
The 'Hoos have just five games remaining on the schedule, and they would need to win 4-of-5 to be eligible to go to a bowl game for the second year in a row.
Virginia was nearly able to pull off the come-from-behind victory against the Terps, as junior quarterback Michael Rocco came off the bench to throw a touchdown pass to Jake McGee with 4-minutes to go in the game, and just missed on a throw to a wide open Khalek Shepard on the final drive.
"He would still be running, if we made that play," says head coach Mike London, "but it's kind of indicative of the season, with the plays at the most opportune time, that are not being made."
Rocco says, "The game is a game of inches, and you want to be perfect. That's one that got away from us. It would have been a huge play."
The loss overshadowed a strong effort in the ground game for the Cavaliers, as sophomore Kevin Parks ran for a career-high 133-yards, and the UVA defense limited Maryland to Negative-2 yards rushing.
Senior linebacker Steve Greer says, "It is frustrating. One win can kind of turn it the other way. That's what we're trying to do. Another thing that makes it tough is how close we are."
Senior linebacker LaRoy Reynolds adds, "I've always been a very optimistic person. I always kept my faith strong, so like I tell the guys, 'Just keep going,' cause at the end of the day, you always want to end on a good note. You always want to end fighting. You never want to show your opponent or the rest of the season that you quit early. When it comes down to it, you have to continue to fight."
Virginia will continue the fight next Saturday at home against Wake Forest at noon.
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