Virginia Postgame Notes
Nov. 16, 2002
Sophomore tailback Marquis Weeks had a career day rushing. He rushed for a career-high 129 yards on 19 carries today, far surpassing his CAREER total coming into the game. Prior to the game he had rushed for 53 yards. He had a 32-yard run in the fourth quarter, the longest of his career. He also had a 21-yard run in the second quarter.
Weeks’ 129 yards is the most by a Cavalier runner since Antwoine Womack rushed for 153 yards vs. Penn State in the final game of last season.
Quarterback Matt Schaub became the Virginia single-season record holder for passing touchdowns. He set the record with his first TD in the first quarter. With his two TDs on the day, Schaub now has 23 touchdowns this season. The former record was 21 TDs, held by Shawn Moore (1990) and Bobby Goodman (1992).
Schaub also tied the UVa record for consecutive games with a TD pass with 11. He ties Shawn Moore, who had a TD pass in 11 consecutive games two different times in his career.
Schaub also set a school record with 346 pass attempts this season, breaking the old mark of 320 by Mike Groh in 1995.
Schaub has thrown for 2502 yards and needs nine more yards to pass Mike Groh’s single-season mark of 2510 yards in 1995.
Wide receiver Billy McMullen caught four passes in the game and now has 198 career receptions, third in ACC history. Second place is held by FSU’s Peter Warrick, who finished his career with 207 receptions. Former Wake Forest receiver Desmond Clark caught an ACC-record 216 passes in his career.
Almondo “Muffin” Curry’s interception in the third quarter was his first of the season and second of his career.
Virginia held N.C. State scoreless in the first quarter, the second time this season the Cavaliers shut out an opponent in the first quarter. The Cavaliers also blanked Akron in the opening quarter on Sept. 21.
N.C. State’s three points in the first half are the fewest UVa has allowed in the first half this season (10 was the previous low by both Clemson and Penn State).
The Cavaliers’ held the Wolfpack to 96 yards rushing, the lowest output by the Cavaliers since they gave up just 74 yards to Georgia Tech last season, 14 games ago.
Virginia has won five conference games this season for the first time since going 5-3 two years ago. The Cavaliers, picked to finish eighth in the preseason, are currently third in the league standings with a 5-2 record (could move to second depending on what Maryland does vs. Clemson later today).
The win over the 22nd-ranked Wolfpack is Virginia’s second win over a ranked team this season. The Cavaliers defeated #22 South Carolina 34-21 at home on Sept. 7.
Four of Al Groh’s 12 wins at Virginia have come vs. ranked teams.