Snyder Reflects on Loss to Terps

COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- The defense surrendered 468 yards of total offense to Maryland's back-up quarterback Caleb Rowe on Saturday in the 27-26 loss to Maryland. Virginia defensive end Jake Snyder talked to the media about the defensive performance, Brent Urban's injury and the team's frustration below.

"This is tough," said defensive end Jake Snyder on Saturday after Virginia's 27-26 loss to Maryland. "We've had some ups and downs this season. I think everything is in place; the belief is there and the guys want it, just little mistakes here and there that add up and have us losing games."

Snyder stepped up for Virginia on Saturday after teammate, defensive tackle Brent Urban, left the field with an injury. The end moved to tackle where he made his best Urban impression with a career-high of three pass break-ups.


Snyder says Urban's loss was definitely felt, "he's our best defensive player. That's the only way to really put it. He has been a force this year, no one has been able to stop him. He is a guy you can rally around."

The defense did not have an outstanding outing on Saturday by all accounts, but the defense had a solid day. The group did force two turnovers and recorded three sacks on the day, but they did allow 468 total yards on offense and failed to complete a few big plays. One of those was big play changed the game, the 3rd-and 21 completion to Deon Long in the fourth quarter, which lead to Maryland's winning touchdown.

"Anytime you give up a third down and long it hurts. Our aim is to get them off the field as fast as possible. I didn't get to see it, but I think the kid just made one heck of play, and that's football, so credit to him (Deon Long)."

As one of the few seniors on the UVa roster, Snyder continues to aim for an extended season.

"Urgency has been there all year.Coming into the season we have 13, 14 games if we do our job. We've been pretty aware that we have only 8 seniors, we know what a football season is like. We've been here long enough to know how it works and it goes by fast. One day you are at camp, the next your season is over."

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