With 1:33 remaining and Maryland way ahead in this colossal mismatch today, quarterback Boomer Esiason stood on the sideline and danced the hula.
By that time, Esiason had thrown three touchdown passes and tailback Willie Joyner had run for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead Maryland to a 45-14 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Virginia, before 20,002 at Scott Stadium.
Joyner finished the season with 1,039 yards, becoming only the third Maryland player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
The victory enabled the Terrapins to end the regular season 8-3 and finish 5-1 in the conference, in second place behind Clemson. After the game, Maryland officially accepted the anticipated invitation to the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu on Christmas Day (9 p.m. EST), against UCLA or Washington.
Maryland gained 556 yards in total offense, dismissing any thought that the Terrapins might have their minds on anything other than the Cavaliers today.
As defensive tackle Mark Duda said afterward, "We took the game as seriously as it should have been taken. We showed some character and some maturity."
And, as dejected Virginia Coach George Welsh said, "They're too good for us. It's that simple." Virginia, in its first year under Welsh, is 2-8, 1-5 in the ACC.
The outcome was determined in the first 15 minutes. Maryland led, 21-0, after the first quarter and 31-0 at halftime.
After Virginia opened the game with its customary three-plays-and-punt series, Maryland went ahead, 7-0, on a 42-yard touchdown run by Joyner. It was a short-yardage play in which Joyner was trapped at the line of scrimmage. But he pulled away from defenders and dashed outside, around the right end for the long run.
"It was clogged and I couldn't believe it when I didn't see any Virginia players outside," Joyner said.
The score went to 14-0 with 7:46 left in the first quarter on Esiason's 23-yard pass to Mike Lewis.
Two minutes later, after an interception by Howard Eubanks and 19-yard return, Maryland increased its lead to 21-0 on Esiason's eight-yard pass to Greg Hill, who did a nice job of staying in bounds at the back of the end zone.
A 28-yard field goal by Jess Atkinson and Esiason's six-yard pass to fullback Dave D'Addio made it 31-0 before halftime. D'Addio's 28-yard touchdown run, on a play that started with his fumbling the ball, made it 38-0 in the third quarter.
Virginia made it 38-14 on Wayne Schuchts' nine-yard pass to Kevin Riccio and Quentin Walker's three-yard run. Joyner countered with a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
"I felt sick to my stomach after losing (24-22) last week to Clemson," Esiason said. "And the feeling would have been three times as worse if we had lost today."
Maryland held possession 40 minutes to Virginia's 20, ran 92 plays to Virginia's 55 and had 27 first downs to Virginia's 10.
Besides winning the game, Maryland's offense was intent on helping Joyner reach the 1,000-yard mark, something only Charlie Wysocki and Steve Atkins had done before.
"We were concerned about getting Willie J. his 131 yards for 1,000," Esiason said. "I told the offensive line if they could get 2,000 yards passing for the quarterback and 1,000 rushing for the tailback in one season, they were great."
Joyner, who missed the West Virginia game and half the Wake Forest game because of a foot injury, was surprised he reached 1,000 yards.
"With the way we alternate running backs and the way we pass the ball, I didn't really think I'd get 1,000 yards," Joyner said. "Now, when I go home to Brooklyn for Thanksgiving and people ask me how many yards I gained this year, I can say, 'Yeah, I got it. I reached 1,000.' "
Joyner wasn't the only record-setter today. Esiason set several school season and career passing records, as he completed 16 of 24 passes for 198 yards. Backup quarterback Stan Gelbaugh completed all three passes for 18 yards.
But the game was not the topic of conversation in the Maryland locker room.
A winter trip to Hawaii was.
At halftime, Athletic Director Dick Dull was wearing a lei around his neck. After the game, two Hawaiians stood outside the Terrapin locker room and played "Mele Kalikimaka" -- "Merry Christmas" -- on ukuleles.
Inside, Barry Yap, a representative for one of the Aloha Bowl's sponsors, asked the team, "Do you want to come to Hawaii on Christmas Day?" The response was just a resounding scream that could be heard all over campus: "Yes!"
"It's the greatest reward anybody could think of," Esiason said of the trip.
Duda said simply: "Please pass the suntan oil."
The players were quick to award Coach Bobby Ross with the team lei.
Ross was asked what he would have said at the beginning of the season if someone had told him Maryland would be going to the Aloha Bowl.
"I would have said, 'What the hell are you talking about?' " Ross said. "I wouldn't have believed them."
Now, with the season over, Ross will devote nearly all his attention to recruiting. The team will practice Monday, then take at least two weeks off from full practices until two weeks before the Aloha Bowl.
And over the roar of the locker room, a Terrapin voice could be heard shouting, "They may have Ralph (Sampson). But we've got Honolulu."