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Halftime Notes

An ugly first half by the Cavaliers concludes with a 6-3 deficit.

- Think Virginia misses Mikell Simpson? The Cavaliers have -2 rushing yards, although that total is a bit misleading because sacks count as lost rushing yards. But Rashawn Jackson has five carries for 18 yards and Torrey Mack has four carries for 10 yards.

- The Cavaliers allowed four sacks in the first half. It's partly on the offensive line, but also on Jameel Sewell. Maryland has been blitzing their cornerbacks, and Sewell has not recognized the blitzes.

- Coach Al Groh seldom entertains second guessing, but there's a lot of wondering why he punted the ball on 4th and 5 at Maryland's 35-yard line with 50 seconds remaining. Maryland had three timeouts and Virginia does not have a strong-legged kicker, but Virginia's defense has been holding Maryland throughout the game.

- Virginia did not turn the ball over in wins over North Carolina and Indiana, but it fumbled the ball already in the first half. There were three lost fumbles over in the first half.

- Defensive end Matt Conrath was hurt on the last play of the first half -- a Maryland kneel down. You don't usually see a player hurt on that kind of play. Conrath was helped off the field. It will be interesting to see if Virginia uses Zane Parr to replace Conrath on first and second downs in the second half, or whether Virginia uses a true freshman. Brent Urban travels, but has not yet played. Could Groh burn another redshirt?

By Zach Berman  |  October 17, 2009; 5:43 PM ET
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