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Dec. 30, 2005

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2005 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl vs. Minnesota

Injured Cavalier safety Nate Lyles carried the flag to lead the Cavaliers onto the field.

Virginia senior quarterback Marcus Hagans had the best passing game of his career, throwing for 358 yards. His previous high was 306 yards vs. Florida State on Oct. 15. Hagans’ total ranks fifth on Virginia’s single-game passing list (see below). He finished the 2005 season ranked fourth on the Cavaliers’ single-season passing chart with 2492 yards and completed his career with 4877 yards to place fifth on the school’s career passing list.

Virginia Single-Game Passing Leaders

393 by Matt Schaub vs. N.C. State, 2003
390 by Aaron Brooks vs. Virginia Tech, 1997
372 by Matt Schaub vs. Georgia Tech, 2002
363 by Dan Ellis vs. Buffalo, 1990
358 by Marcus Hagans vs. Minnesota, 2005

Hagans passing total of 358 yards is also a Virginia bowl record. He bettered the previous mark of 244 yards set by Matt Schaub vs. Pittsburgh at the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte.

Today’s victory improves Virginia’s all-time bowl record to 7-9. Virginia is now 4-9 all-time vs. Big 10 teams. The win is UVa’s first game in Tennessee since a 16-13 win over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in 1980.

Virginia tailback Wali Lundy became the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time leader in career touchdowns today. Lundy recorded a pair of rushing scores to finish his UVa career with 52. Lundy’s touchdown totals included 43 rushing and nine by reception. N.C. State’s Ted Brown owned the old record with 51 career scores.

Sophomore tight end Tom Santi had a big day for the Cavaliers playing in his hometown of Nashville. Santi attended Montgomery Bell Academy. Santi entered the bowl game with just three catches in the last five games he played during the 2005 regular season, but he caught 5 passes for a career-high 128 yards. His 128 yards receiving are the most by a UVa TE since Heath Miller had 145 vs. Virginia Tech in 2003. Even though he is a Nashville native, this is the first time Santi ever played in The Coliseum.

Head coach Al Groh has won the final game of the season in four of his five seasons at UVa. The only year he missed was last season.

After rushing for 124 yards on 31 carries in the first half, Minnesota managed just 74 yards on 20 second-half carries. Minnesota’s 198 yards rushing (81.9 yards under its average) is the fourth time this the Gophers have been held under 200 yards. Minnesota was second in the nation in rushing coming into the game.

Virginia rallied from a 21-7 deficit midway through the second quarter today to gain the 34-31 win. The 14-point comeback is the Cavaliers’ best since coming back from a 21-0 halftime deficit vs. North Carolina in 2002.

Virginia team bowl records set:

First downs passing: 14 (old record 11 vs. Illinois 1990 Citrus Bowl, vs. Georgia in 2000 O’ahu Bowl, vs. Pittsburgh 2003 Continental Tire Bowl)

Rushing TDs: 2 (tied)

Passing Completions: 26 (old record, 22 vs. Georgia 2000 O’ahu Bowl)

Completion Pct.: .788 (old record .739 vs. West Virginia in 2002 Continental Tire Bowl)

Yards Passing: 365 (old record 244 vs. Pittsburgh in 2003 Continental Tire Bowl)

Total Offense: 468 (old record: 440 vs. Pittsburgh in 2003 Continental Tire Bowl)

Avg. Yards per Play: 7.4 (old record 6.7 vs. Pittsburgh in 2003 Continental Tire Bowl)

3rd Down Conversions: .636 (tied)

Individual Bowl Records set:

Rushing TDs: 2 by Wali Lundy (ties his record vs. West Virginia in 2002 Continental Tire Bowl)

Pass completions: 25 by Marques Hagans (old record: 20 by Matt Schaub vs. Pittsburgh in 2003 Continental Tire Bowl)

Completion Pct: .781 by Marques Hagans (25×32) (old record: .727 by Matt Schaub (16×22) vs. West Virginia in 2002 Continental Tire Bowl)

Yards Passing: 358 by Marques Hagans (old record: 244 by Matt Schaub vs. Pittsburgh in 2003 Continental Tire Bowl)

Total Offense: 384 by Marques Hagans (old record: 314 by Aaron Brooks vs. Georgia in 1998 Peach Bowl)

Pass Break Ups: 4 by Marcus Hamilton (old record: 3 by Percy Ellsworth vs. TCU in 1994 Independence Bowl; by Sam McKiver vs. TCU in 1994 Independence Bowl)

Marcus Hamilton intercepted his sixth pass of the season, the most by a Cavalier since Muffin Curry intercepted six in 2003. Hamilton becomes the 20th player in school history to intercept 10 passes in a career.

LB Kai Parham led the defense with a season-high 14 tackles. He also made two tackles for loss and finished the season with 15 TFLs, tied for the seventh-highest mark in school history.

Freshman LB Antonio Appleby came into the game with 17 tackles on the season and finished with a career-high 10 vs. Minnesota.

Placekicker Connor Hughes booted the third game-winning field goal of his career. He finished fourth in ACC history (first in Virginia history) with 332 points and tied for fourth in conference history with 66 field goals (first in UVa history).

DE Brennan Schmidt tied the ACC record for most career starts with 51. C.J. Brooks (Maryland) and Philip Rivers (N.C. State) also started 51 career games. Schmidt’s 51 career starts tie the NCAA D1 record by a defensive lineman with Ohio State nose guard Luke Fickell (1993-96).

Marques Hagans was Virginia’s MVP of a bowl game for the second time in his career. He was UVa’s MVP in last season’s MPC Computers Bowl game vs. Fresno State.

Schmidt, Hagans and PK Kurt Smith all played in the 51st game of their careers, tying a school record set by LS Ryan Childress (2000-03) and FB/TE Kase Luzar (2000-03).

NT Ron Darden played (and started) for the first time since he basically “retired” in early November. He returned to make seven tackles, a career high.

DE Vince Redd had seven tackles coming into today’s game and finished with nine in the most extensive action of his career.

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