Virginia Travels To Indiana For Big Ten Match-Up
Date: Sept. 10, 2011
Venue: Memorial Stadium
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
Series vs. Indiana: UVa leads, 1-0
In Bloomington: First Meeting
Last Meeting: 2009 (UVa 47, Indiana 7)
Television: Big Ten Network
Radio: Virginia Sports Network (affiliates)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 92, XM 193
Live Stats: VirginiaSports.com
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Rosters: Virginia | Indiana
Game Notes: Virginia | Indiana
Virginia Travels to Indiana For Big Ten Match-up
• The University of Virginia faces Indiana on Saturday for the second time in school history.
• After winning its season opener, UVa is looking to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2005, when the Cavaliers posted three-consecutive victories to open the season.
Noting Road Openers
• UVa is 42-74-3 all-time in road openers, including losses in its last five openers on the road.
• UVa last won its first road game in 2005, a 27-24 victory at Syracuse.
• The Cavaliers were 0-5 on the road in 2010 and 2-3 on the road in 2009.
On the Road Against Non-Conference Opponents
• Indiana represents UVa’s sole non-conference road game of the season.
• It marks the 14th year in a row the Cavaliers have played at least one non-league road game.
• UVa’s last non-conference road win was a 23-21 triumph at Middle Tennessee in 2007.
Virginia vs. Indiana, Big Ten
• UVa won the only meeting between the two programs in 2009, 47-7, at Scott Stadium.
• In all-time meetings with schools currently in the Big Ten, UVa is 5-11.
• This is UVa’s first-ever trip to Bloomington for a football game and first Big Ten opponent since playing IU in ‘09.
• The Cavaliers have a two-game series scheduled with Big Ten opponent Penn State in 2012 and 2013.
• As a head coach, Mike London has not faced a team from the Big Ten.
London Improves to 4-0 in Season Openers
• In his career as a head coach, Mike London has won all four of his season openers: 2008 at Elon and 2009 at Duke while at Richmond and 2010 vs. Richmond and 2011 vs. William & Mary while at Virginia.
• With the Cavaliers’ 40-3 win over William & Mary in the season opener, Mike London became the fourth UVa coach since 1931 to win his debut as head coach of the Cavaliers and then win the season-opening game the following year.
Last Meeting: 2009 (UVa 47, Indiana 7)
• Virginia erupted for 47 points and 536 yards of total offense to smother Indiana in a Oct. 10, 2009, Homecoming game at Scott Stadium. Mikell Simpson rushed for four touchdowns for the Cavaliers.
• Virginia shut out Indiana for three quarters and led 44-0 at the start of the fourth quarter.
• Current Cavaliers’ highlights in that game vs. Indiana: Kris Burd (two receptions, 53 yards), Steve Greer (six tackles [1.5 TFL]), one pass break-up), Perry Jones (one kickoff return for 32 yards), Rodney McLeod (three tackles, one fumble recovered [32 yards]), Max Milien (four rushes, 14 yards), Chase Minnifield (five punt returns, long punt return of 23 yards), Robert Randolph (two field goals – 37 yards and 31 yards) and Tim Smith (two receptions, 17 yards).
Red Zone Accuracy
• In its first game of the 2011 season, Virginia was 5-of-5 with three touchdowns and two field goals in the red zone.
• UVa finished the 2010 season ranked No. 80 in the nation in red zone statistics (39-of-49 for 79.6 percent).
22 Cavaliers Earn First Playing Time
• Twenty-two Cavaliers made their first appearance in a UVa uniform against William and Mary. Playing for the first time last Saturday was Thompson Brown**, Henry Coley, Conner Davis, Matt Fortin, Miles Gooch, Anthony Harris**, D.J. Hill**, Drequan Hoskey, Darius Jennings**, Kelby Johnson**, Kameron Mack**, Jake McGee, Demetrious Nicholson**, Kevin Parks, Brandon Phelps**, Clifton Richardson**, Daquan Romero**, Khalek Shepherd, Zachary Swanson, Dominique Terrell**, Cody Wallace and David Watford**. Of those 22, 12 were true freshman (as noted by **).
• Three Virginia players started for the first time in their career vs. William & Mary: Michael Rocco, Demetrious Nicholson and Luke Bowanko.
Noting True Freshmen Around the Nation
• Virginia played 12 true freshmen in its season opener. Based on a survey of FBS media relations contacts, here is a breakdown:
School Opponent # of True Freshmen Played
Texas Rice 18
Auburn Utah State 13
Virginia William & Mary 12
Tennessee Montana 12
Clemson Troy 12
Ohio State Akron 12
Wyoming Weber State 11
Florida State Louisiana-Monroe 11
California Fresno State 10
Indiana Ball State 10
North Carolina James Madison 10
Kent State Alabama 10
Tulane SE Louisiana 10
Arkansas Missouri State 10
Louisville Murray State 10
Rocco Shines In First-Career Start
• Making his first career start, UVa QB Michael Rocco went 8-of-8 in the first quarter, finding seven different receivers. Rocco started the game 11-of-11 passing until his attempt to Kris Burd with 2:19 left in the opening half was batted away by a Tribe defender.
• Entering the 2011 season with 25 career passing attempts, Rocco completed 21-of-29 attempts for 174 yards.
• Rocco became the sixth Virginia quarterback since 1955 to pass for at least 170 yards in their first-career start. Here is a breakdown of the most passing yards by a Virginia QB in their first-ever start:
Year (Opp.) Name A-C-I Yards TD
1997 (Auburn) Aaron Brooks 41-25-1 305 2
1994 (Navy) Mike Groh 35-26-1 257 3
1964 (WFU) Bob Davis 27-14-2 250 0
1989 (Clemson) Matt Blundin 34-14-2 248 2
1999 (Ga. Tech) David Rivers 30-18-1 228 3
1993 (Maryland) Symmion Willis 23-15-1 192 2
2011 (W&M) Michael Rocco 29-21-0 174 0
Plenty of Options
• Virginia had 10 different receivers catch at least one pass against William & Mary.
• In 2010 UVa used 19 different receivers, which matched the most by a Cavalier team since the 1959 season.
• Eight different players had rushes for gain against the Tribe.
Smith Catches Career-High Seven Passes
• WR Tim Smith’s first game back after missing the final 10 games of 2010 with an injury commenced with a career-high seven receptions in the season opener vs. W&M, topping the three he had at Southern Miss during his true freshman season in 2009.
Randolph Tied For Third in Field Goal Percentage In the History of the ACC
• Senior PK Robert Randolph has connected on 34-of-41 (82.9 percent) field goal attempts in his career, which ranks him tied for third in the history of the ACC:
Player, School (Yrs) FG% FG-FGA
Brandon Pace, VT (2004-06) 85.3 58-68
Connor Hughes, UVa (2002-05) 83.5 66-79
Robert Randolph, UVa (2008-11) 82.9 34-41
Bob Paulling, CU (1979-83) 82.9 34-41
Will Snyderwine, DU (2009-11) 82.6 38-46
(Bold indicates active player)
• Randolph made a career-high four field goals against William & Mary and has made 14 of his last 15 field goal attempts. He had a streak of 10-straight makes in 2010.
• Randolph, who scored on a fake field goal at Duke in 2010, was one of only two kickers to record a touchdown last season in FBS play. He’s the only ACC kicker to find the end zone since at least the 2005 season.
Pro Style Offense Pays Dividends
• With 496 yards of total offense in its season opener, UVa has amassed over 400 yards of total offense in 6-of-13 games since offensive coordinator Bill Lazor brought his pro-style attack to Charlottesville. UVa’s 2010 season finale is the only game during the Mike London tenure were the Cavaliers failed to amass at least 300 yards of total offense.
Nicholson Wastes No Time Making An Impact on ‘D’
• Freshman CB Demetrious Nicholson was 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.
• Nicholson recorded his first-career interception in the third quarter and returned it 31 yards.