FB: VMI at Virginia Game Notes
Virginia vs. VMI
Sept. 25, 2010
• Virginia’s 341 passing yards was the program’s 13th-best output in a game all-time and the most since tallying 358 yards through the air against Virginia Tech in 2003.
• Virginia threw for five touchdowns, marking the most in a game since UVa also threw five against Akron in 2002.
• Three separate UVa quarterbacks threw touchdowns in the same game for the first time since at least 1950 ***Records in the press box are only available back to 1950***.
• Michael Rocco and Ross Metheny each threw a touchdown pass, marking the first time in program history two freshmen threw touchdown passes in the same game.
• Rocco became the second true freshman quarterback to appear in a game since Dan Ellis in 1997 (Peter Lalich 2007)
• Virginia shutout VMI from scoring in the second half and now through three game the Cavaliers have outscored its opponents 44-6 in the second half, and 27-3 in the fourth quarter.
• Chase Minnifield recorded Virginia’s longest punt return of the season, with a 20-yard return on a 42-yard VMI punt in the first quarter.
• Dontrelle Inman recorded his first career touchdown reception on a 25-yard pass from Marc Verica in the first quarter.
• Raynard Horne’s 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter was Virginia’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since Marquis Weeks’ score against North Carolina in 2004. Horne’s return was the 12th-longest return in UVa history and the senior’s first career scoring play.
• Chase Minnifield recorded his second and third interceptions of the season against the Keydets, giving him seven career interceptions. Minnifield became the first Cavalier to record two interceptions in a game since Ras-I Dowling accomplished the feat at Duke in 2008.
• Marc Verica passed for three touchdowns, a career high. Verica’s three passing touchdowns marks the most by a Virginia quarterback in a game since Jameel Sewell passed for three scores against Pittsburgh in 2007. It was the fourth time Verica passed for at least two touchdowns in his career.
• Marc Verica threw for 200 yards or more yards for the eighth time in 13 career starts. Verica ties Mike Groh for the 9th-most career 200-yard passing games in Virginia history.
• Dontrelle Inman became the first Cavalier to have two touchdown catches in a game since Tom Santi recorded two against Duke in 2007.
• Perry Jones had his first career punt return against the Keydets, recording a 12-yard return on a 51-yard VMI punt in the second quarter.
• Jared Green caught his first pass of the season on a 9-yard reception from Marc Verica in the second quarter.
• Green recorded a career high for receiving yards, compiling 63 yards on four catches against the Keydets. Green also tied his career-high for receptions in a game with four, as well as scoring his first touchdown since 2008.
• Virginia’s 31 first-half points marked its highest first-half total since the Cavaliers scored 31 points in the opening half in the final game at the Orange Bowl against Miami in 2007.
• Robert Randolph made his first field goal of the season, converting on a 33-yard attempt at the end of the second quarter.
• Cam Johnson set a career high with 2.5 sacks, passing his previous best of 2.0 sacks at Miami in 2009.
• Matt Snyder recorded a career high for receiving yards against VMI, with three catches for 45 yards.
• Terrence Fells-Danzer had his first career carry against the Keydets with a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.
• Colter Phillips scored his first career touchdown on a 17-yard pass from Michael Rocco in the fourth quarter.
• Virginia’s 48 points ties its highest total since 2007, when the Cavaliers shut out Miami, 48-0 in the final game at the Orange Bowl.
• Virginia players seeing their first game action were: Luke Bowanko, Ross Metheny, Sean Cascarano, Trevor Grywatch, Brendan Lane, Christian Waddy, Kevin Harrington, Mike Price, Connor Miles, Michael Rocco, Billy Skrobacz, Jeremy Martin.
• Michael Rocco became the third true freshman to see game action in 2010, joining Rijo Walker and Morgan Moses. Last season, a total of 14 true freshmen played for the Cavaliers.