Schaub Leads Cavaliers Over Akron, 48-29
Sept 21, 2002
By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Matt Schaub threw touchdown passes to fivedifferent players, and Virginia also scored on defense and special teamsSaturday in a 48-29 victory over Akron.
The Zips (0-4) got a huge day from quarterback Charlie Frye, who threw forone touchdown, ran for two more and set career bests for completions, attemptsand yards. Frye finished 27-for-47 for 336 yards and three times kept touchdowndrives alive with big completions on fourth down.
The Cavaliers (2-2), however, turned Frye’s only mistake into a 42-yardinterception return by Art Thomas late in the third quarter, and they got a9-yard touchdown off a blocked punt by Darryl Blackstock.
Schaub also had a big day, throwing scoring passes of 8 yards to MichaelMcGrew, 1 yard to Jason Snelling, 2 yards to Billy McMullen, 4 yards to PatrickEstes and 16 yards to Heath Miller. The last two came in a span of 1:37 in thefinal quarter to put the Zips away.
Until then, the outcome seemed in doubt because of Frye’s ability to pickapart the Cavaliers’ defense. He completed a 17-yard pass to Ashanti Barbee onfourth-and-1 on the Zips’ first scoring drive, connected with Jamie Goodwin for31 yards on fourth-and-9 from the Virginia 36, and hit a diving Brandon Paynefor 12 yards to the Virginia 6 on fourth-and-3, with the game still close.
Frye also gained key yards scrambling, and dove a yard for a touchdown onfourth-and-goal with 9:20 left, pulling the Zips to 34-29.
But Schaub’s scoring pass to Estes, the Zips faced a fourth-and-11 at theirown 43, chose to snap the ball to a tailback and didn’t come close. Two playslater, Schaub found Heath Miller for 16 yards and the touchdown, and it wasover.
Schaub finished 19-for-27 for 202 yards.