FB: Richmond at Virginia Game Notes
Virginia vs. Richmond
Sept. 4, 2010
• Virginia won its season opener for the first time since 2005
• Virginia improved to 77-35-9 all-time in season-openers, 71-19-7 all-time in home season-openers
• Virginia has won 14 of its last 17 openers in Scott Stadium
• Virginia head coach Mike London won his first game as Virginia’s head coach, and improved to 3-0 all-time in season-openers during his head coaching career.
• London became the first UVa coach to win his debut UVa game since the Bill Elias-led Cavaliers defeated William and Mary 21-6 in 1961. London snapped a streak of six-straight first-year UVa head coaches losing their first games at the University.
• London’s career record as a head coach improved to 25-5
• Virginia improved to 26-2-2 in the all-time series with Richmond and won its seventh-consecutive contest vs. the Spiders.
• Virginia snapped Richmond’s streak of 12-consecutive road victories – FCS’s longest streak and second-longest in the NCAA (Boise State’s 13 is NCAA’s best).
• Virginia’s 34 points were the most in a season-opener since 2004 when UVa won 44-14 at Temple in its first game of the season.
• Virginia players seeing their first game action were: Chris Broadnax, Jacob Hodges, Jeremiah Mathis, Morgan Moses, Brian Oden, Justin Renfrow, Jake Snyder and Rijo Walker.
• Rijo Walker and Morgan Moses become the first true freshmen to see game action in 2010. Last season, a total of 14 true freshmen played for the Cavaliers.
• First time starters for the Cavaliers were: Devin Wallace, Trey Womack, LaRoy Reynolds, Ausar Walcott and Aaron Taliaferro on defense. Perry Jones, Oday Aboushi and Max Milien on offense.
• Virginia TB Keith Payne rushed for 114 yards and four touchdowns vs. Richmond. It was the most rushing yards by a Virginia player since Cedric Peerman rushed for 118 yards against Georgia Tech in 2008. It was a single-game career high for Payne (previous high was 70 yards against Middle Tennessee State in 2007).
• Payne scored his first touchdown since Nov. 10, 2007 against Miami in the Hurricanes final game at the Orange Bowl.
• Payne became the first Cavalier to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Mikell Simpson did it against Indiana in 2009.
• Marc Verica had a career-high 283 passing yards and registered his seventh 200+ yard passing game of his career (his previous high was 279 at Wake Forest in 2008).
• Verica’s touchdown pass to Kris Burd in the second quarter was his first touchdown since the Wake Forest game in 2008.
• Virginia TB Perry Jones had a career-long 38-yard rush in the first quarter. His previous long was three yards. It was the longest rush by a Cavalier since Vic Hall (40 yards vs. Virginia Tech in 2008). Jones finished with 73 yards.
• Kris Burd’s 51-yard reception in the fourth quarter was longest of Burd’s career and tied the longest completion for Verica.
• Burd finished with with 122 yards receiving. The last time a Virginia player had a 100-yard receiving game was Kevin Ogletree (100 yards even) vs. Maryland in 2008.
• Burd and Dontrelle Inman set new career highs with 7 receptions (previous high for Inman was three vs. Boston College in 2009), also more than any player for Virginia had in a single-game in 2009 (Simpson, Burd and Hall had six catches during a single game).
• First field goal attempt of Chris Hinkebein’s career (51 yard attempt no good in the second quarter).
• Longest FG attempt of Robert Randolph’s career (50 yards in the second quarter).
• Chase Minnifield’s fourth-quarter 65-yard interception return is the seventh-longest interception return in school history.
• Former UVa standout and current New York Giant Clint Sintim was in attendance.
• Virginia’s uniform combination was orange jerseys and blue pants
• Richmond FB Kendall Gaskins 70-yard rush (his career long) in the first quarter was the longest rush against Virginia since Graig Cooper of Miami in 2009 (also 70 yards).
• The 70-yard TD rush by Gaskins was the the Spiders’ longest rush since QB Eric Ward ran 74 yards for a TD versus Elon in the 2009 NCAA First Round.
• Gaskins previous career long rush was 10 yards.
• Gaskins finished with a team-high 89 yards rushing on eight carries (one touchdown).
• Richmond gained 131 yards off of kick-off returns compared to Virginia’s 67 yards. On punt returns, Richmond had 39 yards compared to UVa’s two.
• Nick Hicks’ punt of the 63 yards was the longest of his career – and was longer than any Richmond punt last season.
• Richmond trailed 14-10 at the half, marking just the 11th time since the start of the 2007 season the Spiders were behind at the half. Richmond is 25-2 in that span when leading at the break, 4-6 when down and 2-0 when tied.
• Senior CB Justin Rogers saw action on the offensive side of the ball for the first time since 2007. He is a three-time All-America pick and on the preseason watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS best defensive player).
• In the modern era of Richmond Football (since 1948), first-year head coaches are now 6-4 in their debut on the Spiders’ sidelines. That includes Mike London — who beat Elon, 28-10, in 2008 — and Jim Reid, who took down VMI, 51-28, in 1995. Both London and Reid were on the opposite sideline Saturday as Latrell Scott made his debut at Richmond.
• The era of starting QB Aaron Corp also began Saturday, and the junior transfer from USC was 18-for-32 passing with 183 yards. He takes over following the graduation of four-year starter Eric Ward, who was 41-12 in his Richmond career.
• Richmond owned a nearly three-minute advantage in time of possession (31:22 to 28:38). The Spiders have trailed in TOP just seven times since 2007 (and did not trail in a game all last season).