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Virginia vs. Western Michigan Game Notes

Sept. 16, 2006

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Virginia junior quarterback Kevin McCabe started for UVa today. It marked the first time in his three-year, seven-game UVa career he has started. McCabe appeared in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2004, one contest last year and all three games this year.

McCabe's 34-yard completion to TE Tom Santi in the second quarter was the longest pass play in his UVa career. McCabe recorded career highs in completions (13) and passing yards (111).

Louis Delmas' first-quarter interception for Western Michigan was the fifth in his career and the second this season.

The Western Michigan game marked the third straight time this season Virginia's opponent scored first. The streak extends to six games including last season. Virginia Tech, Miami and Minnesota all scored first in their games with Virginia last season. The last time UVa jumped out to the early lead was the Georgia Tech game on Nov. 12 when the Cavaliers scored the game's first 17 points.

For WMU, the game was the second consecutive where the Broncos scored first.

When Western Michigan's Desman Stephen returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter, it marked the third time an opponent has done that against the Cavaliers this season (twice in season opener at Pittsburgh). That is the most interception returns for scores against Virginia since 1956 when the Cavaliers also allowed three. Western Michigan (C.J. Wilson) also returned an INT for a score in last year's game with Virginia.

For WMU, it was the second straight game the Broncos has scored on an INT return.

During the brief three-game series between the two teams, there have been four INTs returned for scores. Two by UVa in 2003, one by WMU last season and one by the Broncos today.

Chris Gould's 59-yard punt in the third quarter was the longest in his career. It is the longest punt by a Cavalier since Mike Abrams had a 67-yarder vs. Florida State in 2001. Gould also averaged a career-best 47 yards per punt against the Broncos.



WMU's Desman Stephen recorded his first career INT and TD on a 34-yard interception return in the second quarter.

Today's game marks the first of two meetings between Western Michigan and an ACC opponent (Florida State on Nov. 18)

Virginia WR Fontel Mines has now caught a pass in 14 consecutive games, the longest streak on the team.

WMU has held its first three opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing (Indiana *71; Toledo *88; Virginia *69).

Virginia red-shirt freshman quarterback Jameel Sewell made his second career appearance when he started the second half for the Cavaliers. Sewell completed 7-of-10 passes for 51 yards and rushed four times for 17 yards.

This was the first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for Western Michigan. The Broncos were winless in seven tries against the ACC. (1-2 UVa; 0-1 against Florida State; 0-1 against Maryland; 0-3 against Virginia Tech). WMU's win was also the second Mid-American Conference win over an ACC opponent. Akron defeated NC State last weekend.

WMU's Mark Bonds rattled off his second run of over 50 yards in the last two games. He had a 56-yard run in the Broncos' second possession of the third quarter. Bonds also rushed for 100 yards for the second straight week as he finished with 118 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown.

This also was the first time that Virginia suffered a loss to an opponent from the MAC. UVa was 8-0-1 against the conference entering today's game.

Virginia allowed its fewest yards (179) in a loss since Navy gained 167 yards in 1969 in a 10-0 outcome in Annapolis. It is also the third-fewest yards gained by an opponent in the Al Groh era. The last time, the Cavaliers held an opponent under 200 yards was Temple (170) last season.


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