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Halftime Notes

Virginia entered halftime trailing, 14-0, and outraged by a tough penalty and lack of execution at the end of the first half.

- The penalty will be a source of frustration after the game, I imagine. The game was scoreless, and the Cavaliers stopped TCU on third down. As the TCU receiver dropped the pass, he was hit by safety Corey Mosley. Mosley appeared to hold up, but his momentum took him into the receiver. A personal foul was called, TCU had a first down and quickly scored. Coach Al Groh was livid, continuing his frustration with the officials all the way to TCU’s kickoff.
- Virginia struggled to even call a play as the clock was expiring in the final minute of the second quarter. The offense appeared confused, and after 30 seconds of trying to call a play at the line of scrimmage, Jameel Sewell was sacked. That was how the first half ended for Virginia.
- Vic Hall has neither played quarterback nor returned punts. He held on a field goal, but the ball was snapped over his head.
- Virginia has not turned the ball over, which was a major point of emphasis during the week. The offense ran 29 plays for 72 yards, showing little improvement in week 2.

Here are some notes supplied by Virginia’s sports information department:

Virginia Notes
- Freshman wide receiver Tim Smith made his first career start today. He
played last week vs. William and Maryl
? After not playing last week, senior fullback Rashawn Jackson started the
game at running back.
- Junior tackle Isaac Cain made his first career start today.
- Sophomore punter Jimmy Howell had his longest punt of season (51 yards) at
end of the first quarter.
- Senior cornerback Chris Cook had a career long 22 yard kickoff return in
second quarter.


TCU Notes
- Jerry Hughes has a team-high six tackles in the first half, equaling his
season-best total from last year. His career-high is eight against SMU in
2007.
- Seven Horned Frogs made their first collegiate starts: linebacker Tank
Carder, defensive end Wayne Daniels, defensive tackle Cory Grant, safety
Alex Ibiloye, center Jake Kirkpatrick, safety Tyler Luttrell and offensive
guard Josh Vernon
- Tight end Logan Brock's first career reception was an 11-yard
first-quarter grab from Andy Dalton.
- Tyler Luttrell, who moved from wide receiver to safety during preseason
camp, recorded his first career sack in the first quarter.
- True freshman Matthew Tucker¹s first collegiate rushing attempt was a
3-yard first-quarter carry.
- Two of TCU’s opening three games are against ACC competition. The Frogs
travel to Clemson on September 26.

By Zach Berman  |  September 12, 2009; 5:21 PM ET
 
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