Virginia Hosts Maryland on Saturday
Oct. 10, 2006
Virginia returns home following a three-game road trip to begin the second half of the season against Maryland this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game is available via webcast on ESPN360.com.
This is the first of six consecutive ACC games for the Cavaliers who are tied with Miami for third in the Coastal Division with a 1-1 conference record. Overall Virginia is 2-4, the first time the Cavaliers have stood 2-4 since 1988.
Playing at home has certainly been to the Cavaliers’ liking. Virginia has won at least five home games the last four seasons. Since 2003 the Cavaliers are 16-4 (.800) at home. Overall under Al Groh UVa is 26-8 (.765) at home. His 26 home wins are second-most in program history behind George Welsh who won 81 home games from 1982-2000.
The Cavaliers haven’t had a losing record coming into the Maryland game since they were 0-1 in 1987.
The Terrapins are 3-2 overall this season, but have yet to win on the road (0-2). They are sixth in the Atlantic Division with a 0-1 conference record.
This week Virginia and Duke both play their third home game of the season, the fewest in the ACC. Every other league school has already played at least three home games.
1941 Cavaliers to Be Honored Saturday
Twelve members of the 1941 Cavalier team return for a 65th reunion this weekend. Under the tutelage of offensive mastermind head coach Frank Murray, the ’41 Cavaliers established themselves as one of the greatest teams in school history and led by the greatest player to ever wear the orange and blue-Bullet Bill Dudley. At the dawn of World War II the Cavaliers finished with an 8-1 record while outscoring the opposition 279-41. The defense recorded five shutouts while the offense was among the nation’s most potent averaging 31 points per game. Virginia won the state championship with resounding victories over Hampden-Sydney, Richmond, VMI, Washington & Lee and Virginia Tech.
Dudley led the nation in scoring and all-purpose yards, and finished second in total offense. He received the Maxwell Award winner as the nation’s outstanding player and was named a first-team All-American.
Dudley concluded his career with one of the greatest performances in college football history in a Thanksgiving Day match-up vs. North Carolina. He ran for 215 yards, threw for 117 more, scored three touchdowns, passed for a fourth and made all four extra points to lead the Cavaliers to a 28-7 win over the Tar Heels.