Nov. 18, 2006
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Virginia sophomore tight end John Phillips' 44-yard reception in the first quarter was the longest catch of his career. His previous long was a 21-yard catch at Duke this season, his only other reception this year. The catch was just the fourth in Phillips' career.
Virginia held a moment of silence prior to the National Anthem of today's game in remembrance of Miami's Bryan Pata who was shot and killed outside of his apartment on Nov. 7.
On Virginia's opening scoring drive, the Cavaliers passed on seven of the 12 plays. Redshirt freshman Jameel Sewell was involved in 10 of the 12 plays and totaled 90 of the 92 yards he scoring drive covered.
Today's game marks the sixth time this season the Cavaliers held an opponent without a touchdown in the first half. Five of those games have come against ACC opponents. Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State and Miami failed to score in the first two quarters against the Cavaliers. Wyoming managed three points during the first half in its 13-12 loss to UVa in Scott Stadium.
UVa junior tight end Jonathan Stupar set a career high with seven receptions today. His previous best was five (for 66 yards and 1 TD) last season when the Cavaliers upset No. 4 Florida State 26-21 at Scott Stadium. Stupar entered today's game with six receptions in 10 game appearances.
Virginia honored its 2006 Senior Class before the start of today's game. Those 30 players include: Marshal Ausberry, *D.J. Bell, Ryan Best, Allen Billyk, Emmanuel Byers, Keenan Carter, Ian-Yates Cunningham, Jermaine Dias, David Fairbrothers, *Tony Franklin, Tyrus Gardner, Noah Greenbaum, *Marcus Hamilton, *Michael Johnson, Jordy Lipsey, Kevin McCabe, Fontel Mines, *Christian Olsen, Ben Parziale, John Phillips , Marvin Richardson, *Davon Robb, Mike Robertson, Gordie Sammis, *Jeff Schrad, *Jason Snelling, Jonathan Stupar, Ryan Weigand, Deyon Williams. (* Indicateds fifth-year players)
The UVa senior class posted a 19-5 record at Scott Stadium over the last four years.
Time of possession was close between today's teams despite a wide margin on actual plays run. The Hurricanes held the ball for 26:30 while UVa had 33:30 in possession time. Miami rank 47 plays to 75 for UVa.
UVa had no penalties in today's game marking the first time since the Maryland contest in 2004 that the Cavaliers were penalty free.
Virginia defeated Miami for the first time in program history in three tries. The Cavaliers are now 1-3 in the series with the Hurricanes.
Virginia's Marcus Hamilton intercepted his fifth pass of the season on Miami's final possession. It was Hamilton's 15th career interception, which moved him into a tie for third among active players in the NCAA. Hamilton is also now tied for third place in UVa history.
Virginia is now 7-0 at home following a bye week under Al Groh
Following today's game, Virginia head Al Groh presented a game ball to Lucas Bolen, an 8-year old from Buena Vista, Va. Bolen has attended UVa Children's hospital for several years for treatment for a medical condition and has been visited by Cavalier players on numerous occasions and was a guest of the team for today's game.
RUN STREAK ENDED: Virginia rushed for 132 yards against Miami, ending UM's 0-game streak of holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing. The previous high was 95 yards by Louisville.
OLSEN GRABS FIVE BALLS: TE Greg Olsen caught five passes for 57 yards, his second-most receptions of the season. He had eight catches against North Carolina and also five vs. Georgia Tech.
LEGGETT GOES DEEP: Lance Leggett's 77-yard touchdown reception was the team's longest since Kyle Wright hit Sinorice Moss with a 92-yarder on 10/15/05 at Temple.
"BABY J" DOES IT AGAIN: Freshman RB Javarris James rushed for 95 yards on 21 carries, just missing his fourth 100-yard game of the season. He now has 722 yards this year, the second most ever for a Miami true freshman and just 116 yards behind Clinton Portis, who gained 838 yards as a true freshman in 1999.
SACK TIME: The Hurricanes made five sacks today, tied for the most all season (they also had five sacks against Virginia Tech). Kareem Brown registered 2.5 sacks, a career high. Turning in solo sacks were Darryl Sharpton and Eric Moncur, the first of the season for both players and the first of Sharpton's career.