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Maryland tops UVa 27-20

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Maryland tops UVa 27-20

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Stefon Diggs returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and fellow freshman Perry Hills threw for one TD and ran for another as Maryland defeated Virginia 27-20 in Atlantic Coast Conference action on Saturday, extending the Cavaliers' losing streak to five.

The kickoff return started a disastrous first quarter that put Virginia (2-5, 0-3) in a 17-point hole it could never climb out of, despite moving the ball well at times and rallying behind backup quarterback Michael Rocco.

Rocco came on in relief of a struggling Phillip Sims in the fourth quarter with the Cavaliers down 27-13 and promptly directed a 10-play, 81-yard drive. His 24-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee pulled Virginia within 27-20 with 4:10 left.

But that was all the magic Rocco could muster. After a three-and-out by Maryland, the Cavaliers got the ball back at the Terrapins' 49 with 1:51 left but four Rocco passes fell incomplete.

The Cavaliers, down 7-0, had their first possession ended when Anthony Nixon intercepted a Sims pass and returned it to the Virginia 32. Five plays later, Hills connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Justus Pickett to put Maryland ahead 14-0 less than five minutes into the game.

Virginia pinned the Terrapins at their own 2, but a 27-yard pass from Hills to Kevin Dorsey got Maryland out of trouble. On the next play, Diggs caught a pass and appeared to be hemmed in, but he reversed his field and wove his way down the right side for 60 yards. After two running plays lost yardage, the Terrapins settled for Brad Craddock's 33-yard field goal to make it 17-0 with 4:59 left in the quarter.

Maryland's big pass plays negated a stellar effort by Virginia's run defense. The Terrapins had zero yards rushing in the first half.

Sims, the Alabama transfer making his second start for the Cavaliers, had a rough outing. He had at least three passes batted down at the line of scrimmage, and he lost a fumble on a sack at the Virginia 15 in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers were trying to come back from an 11-point deficit.

The Cavaliers continued to struggle converting points when they got the chance. After kicker Drew Jarrett's line-drive field goal attempt was blocked, he was replaced by Ian Frye who was good from 20 yards on his first career try to cut Maryland's lead to 17-3 at the half.

Virginia dodged a bullet in the third quarter when Maryland's Matt Furstenburg dropped a sure touchdown pass, and Craddock's field goal attempt clanked off the left upright.

After the teams traded three-and-outs, Virginia cut the margin to 17-10 on Sims' 20-yard touchdown pass to a well-covered E.J. Scott, who caught the ball falling down in the back corner of the end zone.

On the next play, Virginia's Will Hill recovered a Hills fumble at the Virginia 31. The Cavaliers reached the Maryland 3, but Sims' third-down lob to tight end Jake McGee was incomplete and Virginia settled for Frye's 22-yard field goal.

A personal foul penalty against Virginia after the field goal forced the Cavaliers to kick off from their 20, and Diggs' return put the Terrapins in business at the Virginia 47. A 22-yard pass from Hills to Furstenburg set up Hills' 6-yard touchdown run to make it 24-13.

Maryland added a 28-yard Craddock field goal after the Sims fumble.

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NCAA Finances: Maryland increases revenue total in second Big Ten season

NCAA Finances: Maryland increases revenue total in second Big Ten season

The University of Maryland saw its total sports revenue increase according to the most updated NCAA Division 1 public school athletics spending and revenue list released by USA TODAY Sports. 

Since joining the Big Ten, Maryland has seen drastic increases in the money they bring in from sports. 

In 2013-2014, Maryland's final year in the ACC, the Terps earned $73,434,869 in sports revenue, a little less than a $10 million increase from the previous year. 

The following year, in the Terps first financial season as a part of the Big Ten, that number jumped to $92,686,128, with the most notable increase being an almost $18 million rise in rights and licensing. 

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According to the most updated report, in the 2015-2016 year, Maryland's total revenue continued to rise, although slightly, totaling $94,101,697.

Just seeing the revenue rise is a promising thing. With that total, the Terps rank No. 36 in school revenue in the country.

While being seen as a very successful feat, the Terps have some ground to make up compared to their Big Ten counterparts.

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The Terps ranked 11th in the Big Ten, only ahead of Rutgers and Purdue. 

The entire Big Ten conference is in the top 50 on the list, making it one of the most lucrative conferences in the country. Ohio State (No. 3) and Michigan (No. 5) lead the way.

The approximate $2 million rise for Maryland mainly came from a rise in the "contributions" category.

Maryland needs to continue to see their revenue rise if they want to stay competitive in the Big Ten due to costly expenses. The expenses quickly add up, with coaching staffs, scholarships, and facilities all requiring millions of dollars.

In the 2015-2016 year, for example, Maryland matched their expenses with their revenue total: $94,101,697.

An approximate $3 million rise in coaching/staff fees, $2 million increase in scholarships, and $4 million increase in other expenses is what led Maryland to come out even at the end of the 2015-2016 year.

The move to the Big Ten was a financial one and Maryland is justifying the change as their total sports revenue has increased since joining the conference. For the Terps, that needs to continue. 

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With two championships in two days, Maryland's lacrosse teams join unique club

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With two championships in two days, Maryland's lacrosse teams join unique club

Any NCAA Championship deserves an explosive celebration because of the guaranteed adversity faced and collective team effort to go all the way. The Maryland men's lacrosse team — in addition to its challenging 16-3 season — has been fighting four decades' worth of adversity on its way to its first title since the 1975 season.

But when the Terrapins took down Ohio State — which handed Maryland one of its losses in overtime this season — on Monday, 9-6, for the championship, they gave the school, the athletic department and its fan base an extra boost of Terps pride after the women's team claimed its third title in four seasons Sunday. It's also just the third time in NCAA lacrosse history — or since the women began playing in 1982 — a school's men's and women's teams returned to the same campus as champions in the same season. 

Last season, both North Carolina teams won their respective championships, and before that, there was only Princeton in 1994. 

Topping Boston College on Sunday to cap a perfect, undefeated season, the women's program reaffirmed its power, earning its 13th championship — the most of any school and six more than second-place Northwestern — while the men opened what could be a new era of Terrapin dominance. 

It's a special lacrosse weekend for Maryland, and its fans should cherish the rarity of their men's and women's teams rising to the top of the NCAA. UConn's basketball teams have done it a couple times, and it happens in sports like swimming relatively often. But in lacrosse, both teams being the best in the nation is truly exceptional, and it deserves to be celebrated as much as the individual championships themselves.

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