Virginia Postgame Notes
Southern Miss at Virginia
Sept. 24, 2011
Virginia Postgame Notes
• Virginia’s 2011 record went to 2-2 overall and 1-1 at home. The Cavaliers are now 0-2 all-time vs. Southern Miss.
• Virginia had its second two-point conversion of the season in the fourth quarter (QB David Watford to WR Kris Burd). When lining up in an offensive formation, Virginia is 2-for-2 in 2011 on two-point conversions (the Cavaliers did not succeed on a fake PAT in the first quarter).
• Southern Miss’ touchdown in the first quarter was the first touchdown given up by Virginia on an opening drive in 2011. It was also the most points allowed by UVa (seven) in a first quarter in 2011 after allowing three in the first quarter against William & Mary (Sept. 3) and Indiana (Sept. 10) and zero at North Carolina (Sept. 17).
• During the game, the Virginia coaching staff wore Coach to Cure MD patches to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.
• In honor of President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, Virginia joined nearly 5,000 NFL, college and high school football teams across American by participating in the Ronald Reagan Centennial National Football Coin Toss prior to the game. Forrest Jones, a student at Virginia from 1997-2001, was on the field for the coin toss. Upon graduation in 2001, Jones was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Jones served for six years on active duty, deploying four times.
• QB Michael Rocco’s six-yard rush into the end zone in the first quarter was his second-career rushing touchdown. His first was last week at North Carolina.
• Rocco finished 16-of-24 for 140 yards with three interceptions (career-high).
• QB David Watford was 10-of-20 for 81 yards and had his first-career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to TE Jeremiah Mathis.
• Kevin Parks’ nine-yard touchdown rush in the first quarter was his sixth rushing touchdown of the season. Coming into the game, Parks led all FBS freshmen in rushing touchdowns. He is now one shy of the Virginia school record for rushing touchdowns by a freshman, which is seven by Howard Petty (1983) and Marcus Wilson (1987).
• Perry Jones rushed for 82 yards on 17 attempts, seven yards shy of his career-high 89 yards in 2010 (at Duke).
• Jones also set a new career-high with six receptions. Jones finished the 2010 season with 31 receptions for 224 yards. Four games into the 2011 season, he has 17 catches for 158 yards.
• With nine catches (career-high) for 88 receiving yards, Kris Burd continued his climb up Virginia’s all-time receiving yards and all-time receptions lists.
• For his career, Burd moved into seventh place on the all-time UVa receptions list and now has 118. He moved past Kevin Ogletree (2005-06, 2008) with 117.
• Burd moved into 10th place on the all-time UVa receiving yards list and has 1,527 yards for his career. No. 9 on the list is Bruce McGonnigal (1987-90) with 1,556 yards.
• TE Jeremiah Mathis’ 1-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was the second of his career and first of this season.
• Senior PK Robert Randolph kicked a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter. Randolph improved to 40-of-48 for his career (.833) and 10-of-11 this season.
• LB Aaron Taliaferro registered his first-career sack in the first quarter, an eight-yard loss.
• Elton Brown’s No. 61 jersey was retired at a halftime ceremony. Brown was a consensus All-American lineman as a senior in 2004.