CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (Ticker) -- Maryland could not take advantage of a favor by North Carolina State.
Matt Schaub passed for three touchdowns as surging Virginia ended the 18th-ranked Terrapins' chances at an Atlantic Coast Conference title with a 48-13 rout.
After Florida State was upset earlier in the day at North Carolina State, the Terrapins (9-3, 5-2 ACC) had a chance to win their second straight conference crown with wins in their last two games. They also would have had to finish five spots ahead of Florida State in the BCS standings to claim the title.
"It wasn't our night tonight," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. "It looked like we couldn't do anything right tonight. Virginia played very well tonight."
But Schaub and the Cavaliers made sure it would never come to that, racing to a 20-7 lead by halftime and cruising the rest of the way. Schaub had two TDs in the first half and his 24-yard connection to Wali Lundy in the third quarter gave the Cavaliers a commanding 34-7 lead.
"I've said repeatedly that if you play in a conference, your goal should be to win the conference championship every year and then everything takes care of itself," Virginia coach Al Groh said. "This had the feel of that a little bit because it was one of those games where both teams were playing for the same thing.
"We hope that in the future that one of these games will be for first, not for second. This was a step in the right direction for where we want to go, but it isn't the pinnacle for the program."
Led by Schaub, the Cavaliers (8-4, 6-2) won for the eighth time in their last 10 games following an 0-2 start.
Scott McBrien passed for a touchdown and Nick Novak kicked two field goals for Maryland, which had an eight-game winning streak stopped.
Boasting their impressive streak, the Terrapins got off to quick start on the game's opening drive, going 80 yards in eight plays. McBrien capped the march with an 11-yard touchdown pass to running back Chris Downs. McBrien went 13-of-25 for 196 yards with two interceptions.
But it was all downhill from there as the Cavaliers took over, getting a little help along the way.
After Conner Hughes kicked a 47-yard field goal early in the second quarter, the Cavaliers forced the first of two turnovers in the period when McBrien was intercepted in his own territory.
One play after the interception, Schaub found Jason Snelling down the left sideline for a 27-yard touchdown, giving the Cavaliers a 10-7 lead with 13:43 left in the half.
Hughes connected from 27 yards with 4:48 left before intermission to extend the lead before the defense came up big again.
On Maryland's ensuing possession, Downs lost a fumble inside his own 25 and Virginia wasted little time converting.
Three plays after the miscue, Schaub found Lundy for a seven-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 20-7 with 2:03 remaining in the half.
Schaub was efficient all day, completing 23-of-27 passes for 249 yards.
Talented wide receiver Billy McMullen got into the act early in the third quarter, throwing a 37-yard touchdown pass to Michael McGrew, making it 27-7.
Schaub threw his third TD pass of the contest, a 24-yarder to Lundy with 7:13 left in the third quarter. Lundy rushed for 84 yards and had four catches for 54 yards.
After Novak kicked a pair of field goals, Lundy scored on a five-yard run with 5:41 left in the fourth quarter. Michael Johnson capped the scoring with a five-yard run just under two minutes later.