The Sunday Sampler – Maryland

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Terence Fells-Danzer scores on a fake field goal.

So, yeah, Mike London and the Cavaliers like a little special teams’ trickery don’t they? For the second straight week and third time this season Virginia scored a touchdown on a special teams’ fake, this time victimizing Maryland with a fake field goal in the first quarter of Saturday’s contest. Unfortunately, the Hoos came up short in the end despite the gusto associated with the surprise play as the Terrapins rallied to win 42-23.

Still, the hocus pocus touchdown play was fun to watch. Coincidentally, the drive started with a little bit of misdirection on the kickoff return when Perry Jones handed off to Kris Burd , who ran 47 yards to the Maryland 35-yard line. After gaining 16 yards on the drive’s first four plays, UVa faced a 4-th-and4 from the Terp 16. Already trailing 7-3, the Cavaliers sent the field goal team out from the sidelines and lined up the formation. Robert Randolph had already made a 35-yarder earlier in the contest so the 33-yard attempt was well within his wheelhouse.

Virginia holder Jacob Hodges said the Hoos had a read to make and if the defensive alignment looked favorable, then the fake was on.

“We had saw something the way they went to block field goals that we liked and we saw it the first time when we out there for a field goal, they did exactly what we expected them to so we decided we’d go out there and call it,” Hodges said.

Randolph and Hodges, who had executed a blind over-the-shoulder pitch and touchdown run last week at Duke, set up to show the defense a kick. On the snap, Hodges makes the catch and starts his motion of getting the ball down before flipping an option-style pitch back toward the offensive line on a forward shovel pass. Fullback Terence Fells-Danzer crossed left to right behind the line and caught the pass in stride before he turned upfield on the right edge of the formation. Offensive lineman