Three Cavaliers Receive ACC Player of the Week Honors
Dec. 1, 2003
Greensboro, N.C. – Three University of Virginia football players received Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week accolades for their role in returning the Commonwealth Cup to Charlottesville. The Cavaliers ended a four-game losing streak to Virginia Tech by handing the Hokies a 35-21 loss on Saturday.
Senior quarterback Matt Schaub had a masterful performance in guiding the Cavaliers to a big win over their bitter rivals and was shared the ACC Offensive Back of the Week with Maryland’s Bruce Perry. Schaub completed 32 of 46 passes for 358 yards (all season highs vs. the Hokies) and two touchdowns. He was 14 of 24 for 202 yards and had both scores in the second half to rally UVa from a 14-7 halftime deficit. Schaub tossed a beautiful pass to tailback Alvin Pearman on 3rd-and-15 for a 49-yard TD in the third quarter for what proved to be the winning score.
Sophomore tight end Heath Miller earned the league’s Offensive Lineman of the Week award following a 13-catch, 145-yard performance. Ten of Miller’s 13 receptions went for first downs, including one on a fake field goal that led to UVa’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter. This is the second game in a row Miller had 100+ yards receiving, a first by a UVa TE, while his 13 receptions are second-most by a TE in ACC history. He holds ACC TE records with 66 catches for 751 yards this season.
Inside linebacker Kai Parham turned in one of the best performances of his young career to capture the league’s Rookie of the Week award. The redshirt freshman from Virginia Beach was in on nine tackles, including six solos, to share as the team’s second-leading tackler. Parham also had two tackles for loss, a pass break-up and a quarterback pressure. As a team, UVa held explosive Kevin Jones to just 75 yards, his third-lowest total of the season and 54 yards under his average. Overall the Hokies rushed for 151 yards, 68.7 yards under their average and had 365 yards of offense, 27 yards under their average and fourth-lowest of the season.