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Georgia Tech 34, Virginia 9

It's back to reality for Virginia, which followed a three-game winning streak with a performance that appeared more similar to the season opener against William & Mary than the previous ACC wins.

As always, I'm curious to hear what you think. Please e-mail me at or leave your comments below.

Here are some post-game notes that didn't reach the story:

- Defensive end Nate Collins played nose tackle on Saturday, with John-Kevin Dolce lining up at defensive end. Usual starter Nick Jenkins only played on the goal line and on special teams.

The move was made based on Collins’s performance against Georgia Tech while playing nose tackle last season. He had 16 tackles on Saturday and played as well as a nose tackle could play, Coach Al Groh said.

“It just made sense to put him right back where he was last year, and clearly he confirmed that with his performance,” Groh said.

- Kicker Robert Randolph missed his first field goal of the season, but also made a career-high 49-yard attempt. The 49-yarder hit the support beam – and might not have been complete for 50 yards.

“Certainly not much [farther] than that,” Groh said.

- While trailing by 11 points early in the fourth quarter, Virginia stopped Georgia Tech on a third down at Georgia Tech’s 37-yard line. The Cavaliers thought they were getting the ball back until a penalty flag indicated a personal foul that Groh could not explain after the game. Groh said an official needs “a real conscience to make that call.”

“We just hope all the time in competitive athletics that it’s the competition from snap to end of the play that determines the outcome,” Groh said. “I think that’s what all competitors are hoping for.”

- The only cheering in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game came when students slid down mudslides on the hill at Scott Stadium.

“I heard about it, actually,” Burrell said. “I was wondering what the cheers were when we were on timeouts. That was kind of interesting. It felt like we were sliding around a little bit on the field as well.”

Asked if he would stand out in the rain as a Virginia fan to watch Saturday’s game, Burrell said he would. But he did admit it was likely “rough” for the fans, and appreciated their support.

Also, here are notes provided by Virginia's media relations department:

- Georgia Tech wins in Scott Stadium for the first time since Nov. 3, 1990,
when the No. 16 Yellow jackets topped No. 1 UVa 41-38.
- The loss ends a seven-game winning streak by UVa in the month of October,
dating to 2006.
- Virginia has now won 12 of its last 14 in the month of October, dating to
- UVa is now 0-2 this season against teams ranked in the Top 25.
- Georgia Tech rushed for 362 team yards, becoming the first opponent to
gain over 300 yards on the ground since Connecticut (382) did so in 2008.
- Today serves as the first game this season UVa has failed to score a
- UVa yielded over 400 yards of total offense (447) for the first time since
Miami tallied 448 total yards last season.
- UVa's 12 rushing attempts are the fewest since the Cavaliers attempted
nine rushes in a home game against Florida State on Oct. 18, 2003.
- UVa entered the game as the nation¹s 10th-best defense (29.3) in third
down situations and held the nation's most efficient offense (52.6) in third
down situations below their season average (47.1)
- Jameel Sewell connected for 168 yards on the afternoon, moving his career
total to 4,779 where he still stands in sixth place in the Virginia annals,
needing 99 yards to pass Marques Hagans (4,877) for fifth all-time.
- Sewell was not intercepted today. He now has thrown 141 consecutive passes
without an interception.
- UVa was even in turnover margin (one takeaways, one giveaway) today and is
now +9 in its last five games.
- Today¹s game marks the first rain during a home game since hosting No. 22
N.C. State in Scott Stadium on Nov. 16, 2002.
- John-Kevin Dolce and Zane Parr each made their first career starts on
- Defensive end Nate Collins made his first start of the season at nose
- Scott Blair's 24-yard field goal at 8:14 in first quarter is the first
opponent points UVa has allowed in the opening period since the season
opener against William & Mary, spanning a streak of five games.
- Blair's field goal also snapped a four game streak in which UVa scored
- Robert Randolph¹s 49-yard field goal is the longest attempt and make of
his career, besting his 43-yarder at North Carolina earlier this season.
- Randolph¹s 49-yard field goal is the longest by UVa since Chris Gould hit
a 51-yarder at North Carolina on Sept. 15, 2007.
- UVa has outscored its opponents 40-10 in first quarter scoring this
- Georgia Tech¹s second quarter touchdown is the first UVa has allowed an
opponent in the first half since the season opener against William & Mary.
- Robert Randolph¹s failed 35-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter
was his first miss of the season after connecting on his first 11 attempts.
- Randolph¹s failed 35-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter was the
first time UVa has failed to score in the red zone all season after being
successful on 18 straight trips.
- Georgia Tech¹s third quarter touchdown ate up 10:47 of game clock, the
longest such scoring drive against UVa this season.
- Redshirt freshman Colter Phillips collected his first career reception in
the third quarter on a 13-yard gain.
- Robert Randolph ties a career high with three field goals (49, 19, 30),
matching his output earlier this season at North Carolina.
- Al Groh coached his 173rd career game at an ACC school (Wake, Virginia)
today. That moves him from a fifth place tie all-time with former Clemson
coach Frank Howard into a fourth place tie all-time with former N.C. State
coach Earle Edwards.
- At halftime UVa honored former offensive lineman Ray Roberts by retiring
his No. 72 jersey.

By Zach Berman  |  October 24, 2009; 5:50 PM ET
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Thanks for the coverage. Can you get to the bottom of the mystery personal foul? That was a huge turning point in the game. The TV guys had no idea what it was for, and it sounds like Groh didn't either. What happened?!?

Posted by: skabizza | October 24, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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