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The Cavaliers opted to set up a 42-yard field goal attempt by their backup kicker rather than go for a TD.
Virginia running back Kevin Parks runs into the end zone for a touchdown past Maryland defensive back Sean Davis in College Park, Md., Saturday.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Given 24 hours to reconsider Virginia’s late-game strategy Saturday at Maryland, coach Mike London wasn’t inclined to second-guess himself.
The Terrapins held off the Cavaliers 27-26 when Alec Vozenilek’s field goal attempt went wide right from 42 yards, his longest attempt in two games as Virginia’s place-kicker.
“He’s done it in practice a number of times,” London said Sunday night. “When you also consider the matter of ball security, I’d do it again.”
After reaching the Maryland 25-yard line, UVa ran the ball twice, the second time with quarterback David Watford sliding to the ground at a spot that gave Vozenilek the best angle.
Vozenilek already had kicked four field goals and was 6 for 6 in two games since taking over for injured Ian Frye, the Cavaliers’ regular place-kicker.
Frye has a hip flexor injury and won’t resume place-kicking duties “till he can demonstrate that he can generate power from his hip,” London said.
Vozenilek, also the Cavaliers’ punter, has been attempting field goals and extra points. Redshirt freshman Dylan Sims from Jefferson Forest has assumed Frye’s kickoff duties.
London did not have an update on cornerback Demetrious Nicholson, who missed the Maryland game with a lower leg injury, and defensive tackle Brent Urban, who suffered an ankle injury early in the second quarter.
“Any time you have a guy who’s started 30 college games, his absence is noticeable,” said London, referring to Nicholson’s unavailability and its effect on a UVa secondary that was beaten on multiple deep balls.
The Cavaliers had 505 yards in total offense, including 297 yards by sophomore quarterback David Watford.
“It was the best game David has had to date,” said London, whose Cavaliers (2-4, 0-2) entertain Duke (4-2, 0-2) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
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