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Quick Hitters From Cavs Loss

Another Virginia loss. The 0-2 start appears worse when considering the two losses were in Scott Stadium, and the next two games are on the road. The 30-14 loss was a TCU shutout until the final five minutes.

There will be much in the coming days in this space about the loss, but as always, I’m curious what you think. Please leave any reaction in the comments or send me a note at

Here are some postgame tidbits to leave you with for the night…

- Jameel Sewell seems to be the quarterback going to forward. Coach Al Groh would not speculate if it depends on Vic Hall’s health, but he said the team is going in the direction of Sewell. There was no consideration to playing Marc Verica.

- The second-quarter personal foul on Corey Mosley was the questionable call that really turned the momentum of the game. It was the first question asked to Groh. Here was his full response:

“It certainly was a significant play in the game. It turned into being a seven-point play. The other team was stopped and was probably going to have to turn the ball over. Instead they have the ball deep down there in their territory. But that’s what they call these days. You got to have a conscience when you make certain calls. That’s what gets called, and we have to understand what the rules are. As we say, every player is responsible for his own penalties.”

- The bad snap on the first-quarter attempt might have been avoided had holder Vic Hall not been in there. Battling a hip injury, Hall was medically cleared to play, but he could not extend to catch the ball. Groh's full comment:

“That’s probably a mistake on my part. I have such trust in Vic. That’s a pretty vital position, being the holder. And he was cleared to go medically. It wasn’t the best of snaps. If the ball was snapped on target, Vic wouldn’t have reached for it. Vic is a no-excuse guy. Probably pretty guaranteed if you ask him, he’ll say I probably should have caught it. But it was our judgment from the side that he was inhibited by his injury from making the same catch that he’s rescued the snap on before.”

- The play clock went deep – almost to the final second – on a number of snaps. The was the plan, Groh said. TCU led the nation in time of possession last year, and Virginia wanted to keep the ball longer.

- Groh took responsibility for the fake punt in the second quarter that gave TCU good field position on their second touchdown. Groh said Virginia plays to win the game, not to avoid a loss.

- Groh opened his news conference by thanking the fans who greeted the team into the stadium.

“Those are the people we really want to win for,” Groh said. “Those are what real, true fans are. And we haven’t given them much to be positive about.”

By Zach Berman  |  September 12, 2009; 8:30 PM ET
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Ugh. At least they kept it within 2 scores, even if they did put the points up in garbage time.

Posted by: skabizza | September 14, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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