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Cavaliers Journal: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Duke 55, Virginia 48: Three up, three down

It's safe to say that if Virginia ever is able to amass 643 total yards, 33 first downs and 48 points again, the Cavaliers most likely will come out on top. On Saturday, they did all those things and still...

By Steve Yanda  | November 6, 2010; 11:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Morgan Moses logged time at two spots on offensive line against Duke

True freshman Morgan Moses started Saturday's game at Duke at right guard. Junior Landon Bradley's right hand had healed enough for him to play, and he started at right tackle, pushing Moses to the interior of the line. Sophomore Oday...

By Steve Yanda  | November 6, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Placekicker Robert Randolph scored first career touchdown on 2nd quarter fake

On fourth and six from the Duke 20-yard-line with just more than six minutes remaining in the second quarter, Virginia placekicker Robert Randolph lined up to attempt a 37-yard field goal. But at the snap, Randolph took off to his...

By Steve Yanda  | November 6, 2010; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Loss sours big day by WR Dontrelle Inman

Duke did a pretty decent job of containing Virgina's top receiving threat -- junior wideout Kris Burd -- on Saturday. As for senior wide receiver Dontrelle Inman? Not so much. Inman caught a career-high 10 passes for 239 yards and...

By Steve Yanda  | November 6, 2010; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live from Wallace Wade Stadium: Virginia at Duke

Fresh off the first signature victory -- a 24-19 upset over then-No. 22 Miami -- of the Mike London era, Virginia (4-4, 1-3 ACC) will attempt Saturday to accomplish what, of late, has been quite an arduous task: earning a...

By Steve Yanda  | November 6, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll: How will Virginia fare against Duke?

"We're finding our way as who we are, and I think the next couple games, this second half of the season, as I've tried to refer to it to (the players), will also tell a lot, whether we've grown up...

By Steve Yanda  | November 5, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dowling, Horne, Minnifield listed as questionable for Duke game

Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling, fifth-year senior tailback Raynard Horne and junior cornerback Chase Minnifield were listed as questionable on an injury report released by the Virginia football team Thursday night. Each player's injury was listed as "lower extremity," which is...

By Steve Yanda  | November 4, 2010; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Young Virginia tight end corps showing progress in pass protection

Virginia had a fair amount of success rushing the ball Saturday against Miami, and as the game progressed, the Hurricanes made adjustments. On a couple of plays, the Miami defense offered a blitz that Cavaliers Tight Ends Coach Scott Wachenheim...

By Steve Yanda  | November 4, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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For Mike London, a season of emotional firsts

Much has been made in recent days of Virginia Coach Mike London falling to his knees upon the final whistle of the Cavaliers' 24-19 upset victory Saturday over then-No. 22 Miami. London has been asked several times about that moment...

By Steve Yanda  | November 3, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cavaliers preparing to face revived Duke offense

Prior to Duke's 34-31 victory over Navy last week, the Blue Devils offense had been mired in a bit of a slump. Against Miami on Oct. 16, Duke compiled 292 total yards, including only 187 passing yards. For a pass-happy...

By Steve Yanda  | November 3, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Improved Virginia pass rush trying to take advantage of 'strip-tackling' opportunities

Virginia might have recorded only one sack last week against Miami, but Defensive Line Coach Jeff Hanson was pleased with his unit's overall effort in rushing the Hurricanes' quarterbacks. According to Hanson, the members of the defensive line accounted for...

By Steve Yanda  | November 3, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike London: Ras-I Dowling has 'still got a story to write'

On Sunday, Virginia Coach Mike London described senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling as a player who would admit that "even if he was 80 percent he'd probably be like, 'Coach, I know that a 100 percent Mike Parker or a Devin...

By Steve Yanda  | November 2, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia offensive line has shown dramatic improvement in recent weeks

After allowing 15 sacks in its first five games, Virginia has allowed two sacks in its three games since. In fact, the Cavaliers have not allowed a sack since the second quarter of their Oct. 16 game against North Carolina....

By Steve Yanda  | November 2, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Darnell Carter: Miami 'took us too lightly'

Miami rushed the ball nine times for 13 yards in the first quarter of Virginia's 24-19 win Saturday. For a Cavaliers defense that had allowed three of its previous four opponents to rush for more than 250 yards, getting off...

By Steve Yanda  | November 2, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'New season' continues Saturday against pass-happy Duke offense

Following Virginia’s 24-19 upset win Saturday over then-No. 22 Miami, junior cornerback Chase Minnifield proudly proclaimed that the Cavaliers were 2-0 ... in their “new season,” that is. Before Virginia defeated Eastern Michigan by 27 points on Oct. 23, the...

By Steve Yanda  | November 1, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia's home finale vs. Maryland to kickoff at 3:30 p.m.

The Virginia football team will host Maryland at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 in the Cavaliers' 2010 home finale. The game will be broadcast on the Internet at ESPN3.com....

By Steve Yanda  | November 1, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cavaliers tallied season-high time of possession against Miami

Part of the reason Virginia was able to hold on to its shutout for so long against Miami on Saturday was the Cavaliers' dominance in time of possession. Virginia held the ball for a season-high 36 minutes, 42 seconds --...

By Steve Yanda  | November 1, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lesson learned helped Chase Minnifield corral end zone interception

Following fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica's lone interception of the day Saturday, Miami drove into the red zone and appeared set to finally put some points on the scoreboard. But on first and 10 from the Virginia 15-yard-line, Hurricanes quarterback...

By Steve Yanda  | November 1, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia secondary continues to evolve without Ras-I Dowling

Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling sat out his fourth* game of the season Saturday during Virginia's 24-19 upset victory over then-No. 22 Miami. Dowling dealt with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the first two games of the season...

By Steve Yanda  | November 1, 2010; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Off-the-field inspirations sparked Virginia's effort vs. Miami

Heading into an Atlantic Coast Conference game in which his team was a double-digit underdog to then-No. 22 Miami, first-year Virginia Coach Mike London used several off-the-field examples to provide the Cavaliers with a sense of reality and a deeper...

By Steve Yanda  | October 31, 2010; 7:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Virginia 24, No. 22 Miami 19: Three up, three down

The first question in Virginia Coach Mike London's postgame press conference Saturday afternoon following the Cavaliers' 24-19 upset win over No. 22 Miami came from a television reporter who wanted to know London's thoughts on his program moving in the...

By Steve Yanda  | October 31, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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