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Sunday Teleconference Notes

Coach Al Groh said he does not put much thought into his October success, but he joked you could call it "Octoberfest". Here is some more pertinent information from his Sunday-night teleconference...

- Safety Rodney McLeod was probable on Thursday's injury report, so it seemed he would play. But McLeod's injured knee continued to bother him and the coaching staff concluded Friday that McLeod could only play in an emergency situation. Brandon Woods, whose previous starting experience has been as a weak-side safety, started in place of McLeod, who plays strong-side safety. Groh wanted to keep Corey Mosley on the weak side because that was where he has the most experience.

Groh said there was never discussion among the coaches about not bringing Woods back for a fifth season.

- Groh does yet know how Scott Stadium's field survived last Thursday's U2 concert. Groh is happy he did not go, though, considering the result of Saturday's game.

"I got a couple U2 CDs, so in my word, that will suffice for a tradeoff for a win in the game," Groh said.

- The Cavaliers had a touchdown called back with an ineligible player down field. The player appeared to be wide receiver Javaris Brown, who did not line up properly. Groh said he saw the transgression before the play.

- Virginia scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to take a 15-3 lead. Groh elected to kick the extra point to take the 16-3 lead instead of trying to make it a two-touchdown game.

Here was Groh's rationale: "Just to get all the points that we could and make sure that the other would have to have two scores. If they scored 14 points, they were still going to have more than us, but if they were only going to scoring 10, they weren't going to have more than us. So, at the very least, we had safeguarded that fact."

By Zach Berman  |  October 5, 2009; 12:26 AM ET
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Great and much needed win! But Al's logic on not going for two is baffling and just flat out wrong. He must have been an English major because his math sucks.

Posted by: topshelf_22304 | October 5, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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