Virginia Postgame Notes vs William & Mary
Virginia Postgame Notes
William & Mary vs. Virginia (Sept. 3, 2011) • Scott Stadium
• Virginia held William & Mary to 169 total yards, the fewest yards gained by an opponent since Duke only managed 100 total yards on Sept. 30, 2006 in Durham.
• Virginia was 5-of-5 (3 TD, 2 FG) in the redzone against William & Mary after finishing 2010 ranked No. 80 in the nation at 79.5 percent.
• Freshman Demetrious Nicholson is the first true freshman to start a season-opening game for UVa since Branden Albert in 2005 against Western Michigan at Scott Stadium. He is the first true freshman to start on defense since Ahmad Brooks opened up the 2003 season at linebacker in Scott Stadium against Duke. Nicholson also became the first freshman to start the season-opener at the cornerback position since Kevin Cook did so in 1986, when the Cavaliers faced South Carolina in Scott Stadium.
• Twenty-two Cavaliers made their first appearance in a Cavalier uniform against William and Mary. Playing for the first time Saturday was Anthony Harris**, Darius Jennings**, Kevin Parks, Dominique Terrell**, Drequan Hoskey, Henry Coley, Demetrious Nicholson**, Zachary Swanson, D.J. Hill**,Matt Fortin, Kameron Mack**, Brandon Phelps**, Clifton Richardson**, David Watford**, Miles Gooch, Daquan Romero**, Jake McGee, Khalek Shepherd, Conner Davis, Cody Wallace, Thompson Brown**, and Kelby Johnson**. Of those 22, 12 were true freshman (as noted by **).
• Four Virginia players started for the first time in their career: Michael Rocco, Will Hill, Demetrious Nicholson, and Luke Bowanko.
• Robert Randolph scored the Cavaliers first points of the season, converting a 32-yard field goal on his first attempt this year.
• For the third game in a row, UVa held its opponent scoreless in the first quarter. Last season, neither Boston College nor Virginia Tech scored against the Cavaliers in the opening period.
• Kevin Parks scored his first career touchdown against the Tribe with his 19-yard rush to the endzone in the second quarter.
• Corey Mosley forced the second fumble of his career in the second quarter against the Tribe. Steve Greer recovered the fumble, marking his first-ever fumble recovery.
• Michael Rocco completed his first eleven passes of the game, recording his first incompletion with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
• Michael Rocco’s 40-yard pass to Tim Smith in the third quarter marked the longest completion of Rocco’s career.
• Michael Rocco became the 16th Virginia quarterback since 1955 to pass for at least 150 yards in his first career start under center. Finishing with 174 total passing yards against the Tribe, Rocco ranks seventh in passing among first-game quarterbacks.
• Kevin Parks became the first Cavalier since Keith Payne to rush for three touchdowns in a game. Payne scored four touchdowns against Richmond in 2010.
• Running for 114 yards against the Tribe, Kevin Parks ranks ninth in rushing yards among Cavalier running backs who have scored three or more touchdowns in a game.
• Kevin Parks became the first Cavalier to rush for three touchdowns in his collegiate debut since Bob Davis in 1964. Davis did so as a sophomore since freshmen were ineligible to play at the time.
• Parks’ three scores mark the sixth time a Virginia player has recorded three touchdowns in the team’s season opener.
• Freshman Demetrious Nicholson recorded his first career interception in the third quarter.
• Freshman Clifton Richardson scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter, rushing five yards for the score.
• Robert Randolph had a career record four field goals against William and Mary. Randolph’s previous career-high was three in a game, which he accomplished against both North Carolina and Georgia Tech in 2009.
• The Tribe failed to score a touchdown for the first time since 2007, when they fell 44-3 at Virginia Tech.
• Kris Burd grabbed four passes to give him 100 for his UVa career, placing him in a tie for No. 14 all-time at Virginia with Tom Fadden (1973-76).
• With 29 receiving yards Kris Burd now has 1,306 for his career moving him past Tim Finkelston (1986-88) for No. 15 all-time in the Virginia annals.