Perry Jones ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns, Michael Rocco threw for two scores, and Virginia beat Maryland 31-13 Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.
The Cavaliers (6-3, 3-2 ACC) trailed 13-7 before scoring the game's final 24 points. By winning four of its past five games, Virginia has reached the mandatory six-victory plateau necessary to earn a bowl invite.
It was also the Cavaliers' first November win in four years.
Jones scored on the game's initial play from scrimmage and added a 1-yard touchdown run in the pivotal third quarter, when the Cavaliers outscored the Terrapins 14-0 to take a 28-13 lead. He had 100 yards rushing in the first half alone.
Maryland (2-7, 1-5) committed five turnovers in its fifth straight loss under first-year coach Randy Edsall.
Edsall started Danny O'Brien at quarterback but also used C.J. Brown. O'Brien went 16-for-36 for 241 yards and two interceptions; Brown was 4-for-7 for 28 yards and a pick.
Rocco completed 23 of 36 passes for 307 yards in his second game since coach Mike London ditched a two-quarterback rotation.
With Virginia up 14-13 in the third, London kept his offense on the field for a fourth-and-goal at the Maryland 1. Jones bounced off left tackle for a score, ending a 95-yard drive that lasted nearly six minutes.
N.C. STATE 13,
NORTH CAROLINA 0
Mike Glennon threw a touchdown pass to help North Carolina State beat North Carolina for its fifth straight win against its rival.
James Washington ran for 110 yards for N.C. State (5-4, 2-3), which again saved its best for the Tar Heels in a surprisingly one-sided — and often ugly — contest.
The Wolfpack rank in the bottom half of the league's defensive statistics, but they overwhelmed the Tar Heels (6-4, 2-4) and shut down freshman runner Giovani Bernard. N.C. State also knocked quarterback Bryn Renner from the game by the end of the third quarter.
It was N.C. State's first shutout in the series in more than five decades.
With that type of defense, Glennon and the offense didn't need a big day. Glennon threw an interception on the first drive, but N.C. State protected the ball the rest of the day.