CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For the first time since 2016, the Cavaliers find themselves winless in their opening three games of the season. 

After scoring 14 unanswered points to open the game against Maryland, all momentum that the team generated fizzled out as the Terps scored 42 unanswered points to cruise to a comfortable victory. 

Falling on the negative side of momentum shifts is something that this team has dealt with this season. Last week, it was an 11-point burst in the fourth quarter from James Madison that led to a 36-35 loss.  Just like they did heading into Maryland last week, the team recognizes the importance of putting this loss behind them and putting their best foot forward ahead of their ACC opener Friday night against NC State. 

"That's what our DNA is as a program," head coach Tony Elliott said. "We're going to respond and if we get knocked down, we're going to get back up and if get knocked down, we're going to get back up again."

"When you're down like this, losing a tough game like this, that's when it matters the most," junior safety Jonas Sanker said. "Just keeping that trust. We're going to do a great job. We're going to attack this next week and I have a lot of hope and faith heading into this next week."

Senior running Perris Jones helped spark the start for the Cavaliers with a 13-yard rushing touchdown on their opening drive of the game.  With nine games remaining on their schedule, there's still plenty to play for for this team, but if they want to achieve what they want to achieve, it comes down to cleaning up on some things. 

"All of our goals are still on the table," Jones said. " We can still go undefeated in ACC play and that's what we aim to do. Obviously that starts with going 1-0 every week and we know that we are capable of doing that. We just have to fix our mistakes and clean up some stuff in house and be the team that we know, so I know that we will be successful."