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Virginia Notes

This is the third time this year the Cavaliers have come from behind in the fourth quarter to win.

This is the first time since 2005 Virginia defeated a team with a 5-0 record or better. The Cavaliers beat 5-0 Florida State 26-21 two years ago.

Virginia held Connecticut to season lows in points (16), rushing yards (78), and total offense (254).

The Cavaliers tied for the most points scored against UConn this season (17).

Virginia has now won 15 of its last 16 Homecoming games.

QB Jameel Sewell tied his career high with 16 rushing attempts (for a team-leading 66 yards). He also rushed 16 times vs. Florida State last season.

The Cavaliers have won six consecutive games, their longest winning streak since a six-game streak in 2002.

UVa cornerback Vic Hall threw the first pass in his career today, a 35-yard completion to Chris Gorham to set up UVa’s second touchdown of the game.

UVa defensive end Chris Long recorded his eighth sack of the season today and marked the sixth time in seven games this year he has registered a sack. He is now tied with LB Wali Rainer (1995-98) for ninth in school history with 16 career sacks.

Senior wide receiver Chris Gorham led the team in receiving for the first time with three receptions for 76 yards. His 35-yard catch of Vic Hall’s pass in the second quarter is the longest of his career, as well as the longest reception for a UVa wide receiver this season. Gorham came into the game with two catches for eight yards.

Redshirt freshman cornerback Mike Parker started for the first time in his career today, while junior Andrew Pearman made his first start at tailback. Pearman started twice at wide receiver last year.

Junior tight end John Phillips had his second receiving TD today in as many games. He entered the season with just one scoring catch dating back to his freshman season in 2005.

Josh Zidenberg had the first kickoff return of his career todaya 17-yarder.

With his sack in the first quarter, Clint Sintim became the seventh linebacker in UVa history to record at least 10 sacks in a career.

Cavalier redshirt freshman tailback Keith Payne scored the first TD of his career today on a one-yard run in the first quarter.

During the coin toss for today’s game the Virginia athletics department honored former serviceman Rich Hursh as part of the Wounded Warrior Project. A non-profit organization, the Wounded Warrior Project has partnered with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to raise awareness in the collegiate community. Hursh resides in Norfolk and works at Lockheed Martin while also pursing a mechanical engineering degree from Old Dominion University. He enlisted in the Army in September of 2001 and was deployed to Mosul, Iraq in March of 2004. He was injured in a suicide bomb attack on Dec. 21, 2004. Hursh lost his right thumb and suffered serious damage to his right scapula (shoulder) due to the attack. He was in Walter Reed Medical Center for eight months while recovering from the injuries.

Virginia’s game at Maryland next Saturday (Oct. 20) is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.

UConn Notes


With the loss, UConn dips to 5-1, still its best start to a season since opening the 1998 campaign at 7-1.

It is the latest into a season that UConn has lost its first game since 1995 when UConn did not lose until Oct. 21 (24-19 at Rhode Island.

UConn wraps up its non-conference schedule at 4-1. It matches the 2004 squad’s mark for the best regular season non-conference record since joining the BIG EAST.

The Huskies have now played every current member of the ACC other than Clemson and Florida State.

D.J. Hernandez’s second quarter fumble snapped a string of 19 consecutive red zone scores for UConn dating back to a missed field goal at Duke.

Prior to Virginia’s first quarter touchdown, UConn had not yielded a score in the first quarter since the opening drive of the entire season on Sept. 1 when Duke scored a touchdown 1:44 into the game on a six-yard pass from Thaddeus Lewis to Brandon King. The UVa score snapped a first quarter shutout streak of 87:38 for the Husky defense.

UConn has now scored on its opening drive in four out of six games this year (Duke, Temple, Pitt at Virginia).

The Huskies have an interception in all six games this year and in each of their last eight overall dating back to the Nov. 17, 2006 game at Syracuse.

Today’s attendance of 60,004 is the third largest crowd to ever see a UConn football game behind the 65,115 at Virginia Tech on Sept. 27, 2003 and the 63,879 at Kentucky on Sept. 11, 1999.

Robert Vaughn’s third quarter interception was his fifth of the year, leaving him one shy of the school’s Division I-A (FBS) era mark of six set by Maurice Lloyd in 2002 and tied by Justin Perkins in 2003.

Tony Ciaravino’s two first quarter field goals gave him nine consecutive made field goals and tie him for the second longest streak in school history with David DeArmas (1994). His 52-yard miss in the second quarter snapped the streak one shy of the school record of 10, set by Matt Nuzie in 2004. The 52-yard attempt was the longest of Ciaravino’s career.

Dahna Deleston’s first quarter interception was the second of his career and the first since Oct. 7, 2005 against Syracuse.

Andre Dixon made his first career start at tailback.

Desi Cullen’s first quarter punt of 58 yards was a career long and was later eclipsed by a 60-yard boot in the third quarter.

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