Sept. 2, 2006
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Virginia's loss marked the first time since the 2002 season the Cavaliers failed to win their season opener. That season UVa dropped a 35-29 decision to Colorado State and went on to finish 9-5 and win the Continental Tire Bowl.
Pittsburgh now leads the series with Virginia 3-1. The Panthers have won all three regular-season match-ups between the two schools.
Pitt returned two interceptions for touchdowns in today's game. It marked the first time a Virginia opponent has done that since Duke in the 1956 season.
Fontel Mines has now caught a pass in 12 consecutive games. That is the longest active streak by any current Virginia player.
Kevin McCabe's 20-yard completion in the fourth quarter was the longest pass play of his career.
Tom Santi set a career high for receptions with seven receptions. His previous high was five receptions for 128 yards in last season's Music City Bowl.
The following players made their first appearance in a game as a Cavalier: CB Vic Hall, PK Chris Gould, S Brandon Woods, WR Simon Manka, LB Rashawn Jackson, LB Denzel Burrell, DE Jason Fuller, DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald, TB Cain Ringstaff, WR Andrew Pearman, OT Will Barker, DE Nate Collins, TB Mikell Simpson, QB Jameel Sewell and OT Zak Stair.
Virginia traveled only one true freshman, defensive end Nate Collins
. Collins appeared for the first time during the opening drive of the game. Collins becomes the 49th true freshman to play during head coach Al Groh's
tenure at UVa. He is the 28th to play in the season opener.
Simon Manka became the first Cavalier lacrosse player to appear in a UVa football game since Patrick Kerney lettered in football for UVa from 1995-98. Manka played lacrosse for the Cavaliers in 2005, appearing in six games for the team that reached the NCAA semifinals.
Chris Gould became the first Virginia player to handle all of the kicking and punting duties in a game since Russ Henderson in 1977.
Ghris Gould's 48-yard field goal in the first quarter was the first attempt of his career. It is the longest field goal make in the first attempt of a player's career in UVa history. The previous long of 47 yards was shared by several players, most recently Connor Hughes in 2002. Hughes' 47-yard kick vs. Maryland in 2002 is tied for the longest field goal on a player's first attempt in school history. Former soccer All-American Jeff Gaffney made a 47-yarder on the first try of his career against Navy in 1986.
Gould's 48-yard field was the longest by a college or NFL opponent in a game at Heinz Field.
Andrew Pearman recorded his first reception as a Cavalier, a one-yard catch, during the second quarter.
Derek Kinder's 78-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was the longest pass play against the Cavaliers since a 79-yard catch by Craphonso Thrope (from Chris Rix) of Florida State in the Seminoles' 19-14 victory in 2003.
Nate Lyles 47-yard interception return in the second quarter was the longest of his career. The pickoff was the third interception of his career. It was the longest UVa interception return since the 2003 season when Muffin Curry had a 58-yarder vs. Virginia Tech.