Wahoos Travel to Maryland for 4 p.m. Saturday Game
Game 6 • Oct. 17 • 4 p.m.
Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium
Playing Surface: Grass
Series vs. UM: Maryland leads, 41-30-2
at College Park: Maryland leads, 20-11-2
P-b-P: Todd Harris
Analyst: JC Pearson
Radio: Virginia Sports Network (affiliates)
P-b-P: Dave Koehn
Analyst: Frank Quayle
Sidelines: Chris Slade
Satellite Radio: XM Radio 191, Sirius 212
Live Stats: Click here for the link to the LiveStats page. Note: Link available 30 minutes before kickoff. Allow 1-2 minutes for it to load at the start.
Rosters: Virginia Maryland
Game Notes: Virginia Maryland
Statistics: Virginia Maryland
Five Things You Need To Know
• Virginia has won the last two meetings with Maryland, but the teams have split the last eight.
• UVa has played 12 true freshmen in the first five games.
• Jameel Sewell moved into sixth place on the UVa all-time passing ledger last week (4,474 yards).
• UVa’s defense has allowed just 22 third-down conversions in 77 attempts (28.57%). That is tied for eighth-best in the FBS.
• Virginia’s opponents are averaging 8.59 yards per completion – third fewest in the FBS (North Carolina, Florida).
• Maryland owns a 41-30-2 record in the series, including a 20-11-2 edge in College Park. UM also holds a 21-19 record in Charlottesville.
• Virginia has won back-to-back games in the series.
• The Cavaliers and Terps have played every season since 1957, the second-longest current streak for a Virginia opponent behind North Carolina (1910).
• Virginia and Maryland have met 73 times on the gridiron, making the Terps the fourth-most played opponent in UVa history (Virginia has faced North Carolina a record 114 times).
Maryland Natives on UVa Roster
• Virginia has nine natives of the state of Maryland on its 2009 roster:
QB Brendan Lane (Annapolis)
CB Rodney McLeod (Oxon Hill)
S Matt Leemhuis (Bethesda)
CB Devin Wallace (Fort Washington)
WR Raynard Horne (Baltimore)
LB Cam Johnson (Greenbelt)
LB Jeremiah Mathis (Bowie)
TE Colter Phillips (Darnestown)
NT Nick Jenkins (Westminster)
UVa Ground Game Key to Victory
• When the Cavaliers are able to run the ball, they increase their chances to win against Maryland.
• Overall UVa is 22-8 since 1937 when gaining at least 150 rushing yards.
• Virginia rushed for 201 yards last season and 191 yards in its wins over Maryland.
• In 2005, the Cavaliers rushed for 295 yards, their fourth-highest total ever against Maryland, to gain a 16-0 win.
• In the 2006 loss to Maryland, UVa rushed for 181 yards, ending a streak of 10 consecutive series wins with at least 150 yards.
• In contrast, when Virginia is unable to run the ball, Maryland typically comes out on top.
• Virginia has lost 15 consecutive games to Maryland when rushing for fewer than 100 yards, dating back to 1957.
• Since 1957 UVa has averaged 213.5 yards rushing in wins over the Terps and 119.8 yards in losses.
• Since 1937 the team with the most rushing yards is 55-5 and won all 38 meetings from 1937-86. The only years the loser had more occurred in 1987, 1990, 1998, 1999 and 2006.
Virginia Defense Tough vs. Terps
• Another factor that has enabled the Cavaliers to win 13 of the last 17 meetings against Maryland is an ability to hold the Terrapin offense in check.
• Virginia has held Maryland under 380 yards of offense 16 times since 1988 and won 14 of those games.
• Overall, Maryland has topped 200 yards rushing only four times since 1987 (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005).
Cavaliers Reverse Turnover Woes
• Virginia has not turned the ball over in its last two games and its last 35 possessions, dating to an interception in the second quarter of the Southern Miss game.
• After being minus-6 in turnover margin the first two games, UVa is plus-6 the last three games, including plus-5 in the two victories.
• Jameel Sewell has not been intercepted in his last 86 pass attempts, dating to the USM game.
Cavaliers Start Games Strong
• Virginia has been particularly strong on defense early in games this year, giving up just one score in the first quarter.
• UVa has not allowed an opponent to score in the first quarter since William & Mary reached the end zone in the opener.
• Virginia is outscoring its opponents 34-7 in the first quarter.
• Virginia has won six straight games in October, dating to 2008, and 11 of its past 12 games in that month.
• UVa last lost an October game on Oct. 27, 2007, a 29-24 defeat at NC State.
• The Cavaliers’ last home loss in October was Oct. 14, 2006, to Maryland.
Twenty-Seven Cavaliers Earn First Playing Time
• Twelve true freshmen have played for UVa this season, while 11 redshirt freshmen have seen their first action.
• Overall, 27 UVa players have earned their first career playing time this year.
• 37 percent of the Cavalier players to see playing time this season have been freshmen (27 of 73).
Three More Make Debuts
• Sophomore TB Max Milien and true freshmen LB Tucker Windle and OL Oday Aboushi made their first college appearances last Saturday.
• Here are the 27 UVa players who have made their college debuts this season:
• True freshmen (12): Oday Aboushi, LoVante Battle, Will Hill, Quintin Hunter, Drew Jarrett, Perry Jones, Corey Lillard, LaRoy Reynolds, Tim Smith, Javanti Sparraw, Dominique Wallace, Tucker Windle.
• Redshirt freshmen (11): Javaris Brown, Steve Greer, Torrey Mack, Kyle McCartin, Matt Mihalik, Mike Price, Aaron Van Kuiken, Colter Phillips, Bill Schautz, Ausar Walcott, Devin Wallace.
• Others (4): sophomores Max Milien and Matt Snyder, juniors Patch Duda and Daniel Childress.
True Freshmen Get Chance to Shine
• Al Groh is not afraid to use true freshman, as evidenced by the 12 he already has played this year.
• Since Groh started as UVa’s head coach in 2001, 65 true freshmen have seen playing time for the Cavaliers.
Offense Explodes vs. Indiana
• Virginia racked up 536 yards of total offense vs. Indiana – the program’s most since tallying 549 vs. UNC on Sept. 11, 2004.
• The 536 yards is the second-most total offense by an ACC team this year (VT, 605 vs. Marshall).
• UVa’s 29 first downs tied for the most by an ACC team this year (NCSU, 29 vs. Gardner-Webb).
Sewell Joins Select 300 List
• Jameel Sewell’s 308-yard passing day vs. Indiana was his second 300-yard passing game (312 vs. Southern Miss).
• He is just the seventh QB at Virginia to record multiple 300-yard passing games.
• Sewell joins Matt Schaub (8), Aaron Brooks (6), Mike Groh (3), Shawn Moore (2), Marques Hagans (2) and Dan Ellis (2) to record more than one 300-yard game.
Sewell Moves Up Passing Charts
• With his 308-yard passing day against Indiana, Jameel Sewell moved into sixth place in career passing yards at Virginia.
• Sewell now has 4,474 career passing yards. He passed Mike Groh (4,366) last Saturday.
Career Passing Yards at Virginia
1. Matt Schaub (2000-03) 7,502
2. Shawn Moore (1987-90) 6,629
3. Scott Gardner (1972-75) 5,218
4. Aaron Brooks (1995-98) 5,118
5. Marques Hagans (2002-05) 4,877
6. Jameel Sewell (2006-07, ‘09) 4,474
Simpson Stars vs. Maryland
• Mikell Simpson has had big games against Maryland the last two years.
• In three career games against the Terps, Simpson has 200 career rushing yards (32 rushes) and 165 career receiving yards (16 receptions).
• In the Cavaliers’ last visit to College Park, Simpson touched the ball on each of the last 14 plays during the final, game-winning 15-play drive in the fourth quarter.
• Simpson’s 271 all-purpose yards in that game ranks sixth all-time at UVa.
• Virginia has shown a knack for scoring quickly this season.
• The Cavaliers have scored in less than 2 minutes, 30 seconds in 12 of their 22 scoring drives, including five drives of less than a minute.
• UVa’s longest drive (by time) this season is 4:52 at Southern Miss.
Simpson Posts Monster Day
• Mikell Simpson had a huge game against Indiana, with four rushing touchdowns.
• His four rushing TDs were most by a UVa player since Wali Lundy had four vs. Temple on Nov. 5, 2005. It tied for the second most by a UVa player since 1915 (one of eight to do so).
• His four rushing TDs are most in the ACC this year.
Jackson Gets into Offense
• Fullback Rashawn Jackson has been a big part of the offense the last three games.
• He has shown his pass-catching ability, with 10 catches for 119 yards in the last three contests.
• He did not record a reception in either of the first two games and had 22 catches in 23 career games entering this year.
• Jackson also has recorded 19 rushes for 107 yards the last three games after getting just one carry for two yards in the TCU game.
• He had a career-high 73 yards rushing on eight carries in the win over Indiana.
Hall A Man of Many Roles
• With his first-quarter TD reception vs. Indiana, senior Vic Hall now has scored touchdowns three different ways in his career – via interception, reception and rushing.
• Hall finished the game with a team-high six catches for 85 yards – both career bests.
• Hall has filled a multitude of roles this season, starting at quarterback and wide receiver, while also spending time at tailback, returning kicks and punts and holding for kicks.
• The last two weeks, he also played safety on third-down plays.
• A year ago he made a career-high 59 tackles to lead the team’s cornerbacks and also picked off two passes and forced a school-record five fumbles.
Defense Steps Up In Wins
• Virginia’s defense has been swarming in shutting down its opponents in its two wins.
• Opponents have reached the red zone just one time in the last two games.
• Before Indiana scored with 8:18 left in the game, UVa had held its opponents out of the end zone for the previous 119:43, dating to the Southern Miss game.
Pass Defense Locks It Down
• Virginia’s pass defense has been solid, giving up just 163.2 yards per game – 15th fewest nationally.
• Opponents are averaging 8.59 yards per completion – the third fewest in the FBS. Only North Carolina (7.91) and Florida (8.00) allow fewer yards per completion.
• UVa has allowed no more than 190 yards passing in any game this year.
• Something will have to give this weekend – Maryland has passed for at least 215 yards in each of its last five games.
Rush Defense Comes Along
• While the pass defense has been strong all year, Virginia’s rush defense has been especially stout the last two games.
• UVa has given up just 121 yards rushing the last two games – fewer than each of the first three games (125 vs. W&M, 203 vs. TCU, 214 vs. USM).
• Virginia has avoided big plays in the running game as well – the longest opponent run in the last two games is 12 yards.
Buckling Down on Third Down
• Virginia’s defense has been tough on third-down opportunities this year.
• UVa opponents have converted on just 22 of 77 attempts on third down (28.57%).
• That is tied for eighth best nationally with Air Force and second in the ACC to Virginia Tech.