Virginia Tech at Virginia
Nov. 26, 2011
Virginia Game Notes
• Virginia finishes the 2011 regular season with an 8-4 record, a 5-3 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play and a 4-3 record in Scott Stadium.
• UVa allowed a first-quarter touchdown today, just the second it has surrendered this year. The Cavaliers have allowed 17 points in the first quarter this season – fewest in the nation. Virginia Tech joins Southern Miss (7) and Maryland (3) as the only teams to score in the first quarter against UVa this year.
• Attendance was 61,124. It marked UVa’s largest attendance for a home game since drawing a stadium-record 64,947 on Aug. 30, 2008, against Southern California.
• Virginia was shut out for the first time in 61 games, dating to a 17-0 loss at Virginia Tech on Nov. 25, 2006. The Cavaliers were blanked at home for the first time in 172 games since Sept. 8, 1984, a 55-0 loss to Clemson.
• Virginia did not force a turnover today; it marked the first time this year UVa has not forced an opponent turnover.
• UVa tied a season high with four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles). The Cavaliers committed three turnovers or more in each of their four losses this season (season-high four at Indiana, vs. NC State).
• UVa was held to a season-low 30 yards rushing; the Cavaliers’ previous low came last week with a 78-yard day at Florida State.
• The contest marked the 12th-consecutive contest that the Virginia offensive line has had the same five starters – OG Austin Pasztor, OT Oday Aboushi, OG Luke Bowanko, C Anthony Mihota and OT Morgan Moses. The last time the same five players started an entire season on the offensive line at UVa was 2004.
• Virginia held Senior Day ceremonies prior to the game, honoring the following fourth- and fifth-year student-athletes: Mike Ahunamba, Kris Burd, Matt Conrath, Terence Fells-Danzer, Steve Greer, Trevor Grywatch, Chris Hinkebein, Jacob Hodges, Jimmy Howell, Nick Jenkins, Cam Johnson, Dom Joseph, Ray Keys, John Maghamez, Kyle McCartin, Rodney McLeod, Matt Mihalik, Anthony Mihota, Max Milien, Chase Minnifield, Corey Mosley, Brian Oden, Austin Pasztor, Colter Phillips, Johnny Pick¬ett, Robert Randolph, Buddy Ruff, Billy Schautz, Ryan Shaw, Aaron Taliaferro and Eric Thornton.
• With seven catches for 100 yards, Kris Burd upped his career receiving yards total to 2,087, sixth on UVa’s all-time list. He needs 55 receiving yards to tie fifth-place Germane Crowell (2,142, 1994-97) and 66 to match fourth-place Tyrone Davis (2,153, 1991-94).
• Burd now has made at least one catch in 35 of the last 36 games for the Cavaliers (only game in that streak was 2009 contest at Miami where UVa had 75 passing yards).
• Burd has at least one reception in 27-consecutive games, dating to Nov. 14, 2009. That is tied for the second-longest streak of games in UVa history, matching Billy McMullen (2000-02). Patrick Jeffers (1993-95) is the only Cavalier to have a longer streak of games with at least one reception (31 games).
• Burd registered his eighth career 100-yard receiving game and his fourth of 2011. Burd also had 100-yard games this year against North Carolina (110), Idaho (123) and Maryland (112).
• Burd has 60 receptions on the year, placing him No. 5 all-time at UVa for catches in a season.
• Burd has 810 receiving yards, placing him No. 10 all-time at UVa for receiving yards in a season.
• Michael Rocco passed for 211 yards, marking his sixth 200-yard effort of the season.
• Rocco now owns the most passing yards by a first-year UVa starting quarterback. Rocco has 2,359 passing yards this season. The passing yards places him No. 6 in the UVa annals for single-season passing yardage.
• Michael Rocco had a streak of 81-consecutive passes without an interception snapped in the third quarter. Rocco had not been intercepted since the fourth quarter of the Maryland game on Nov. 5.
• It was just the third Rocco interception since becoming the full-time QB on Oct. 27 at Miami – all three interceptions came on passes that first hit the hands of UVa receivers.
• Rocco is seventh in single-season passing completions (196) and eighth in single-season passing attempts (325) at UVa.
• Ray Keys recorded a career-long 24-yard reception in the third quarter; his previous high was 14 against William and Mary earlier this season. The catch was Keys’ third of the year.
• Aaron Taliaferro recorded a career-high nine tackles. His previous high was seven at Georgia Tech in 2010.
• Kyle McCartin (No. 7) wore his brother Connor’s No. 51 jersey today. Connor was forced to stop playing this season because of concussions. Kyle plays on some special teams (kick coverage). Connor helps out Anthony Poindexter (special teams coordinator) and was upstairs in the box during the game.
• OT Landon Bradley was on the sidelines in a jersey top (not full uniform). He has not been with the team this season because of injuries and has not been on the sidelines for any games.
• Bradley started all 12 games in 2009 at left tackle and the first five in 2010 before suffering a hand injury. He came back from the hand injury to play again, but suffered a leg injury vs. Duke (his last game). Because of the injuries and surgeries, he has not practiced or played this year.