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Virginia intended to play Metheny and Rocco

With just less than seven minutes remaining in the game, redshirt freshman quarterback Ross Metheny replaced fifth-year senior Marc Verica under center for the Cavaliers. Metheny led Virginia on a 14-play, 70-yard drive that concluded with an 11-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Colter Phillips.

Had Virginia gotten one more offensive series, Coach Mike London said true freshman Michael Rocco would have been inserted into the game. The battle for the team's No. 2 quarterback job remains ongoing.

After Verica threw for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on 14 of 30 passing, Metheny come on in relief and completed 7 of 9 passes for 68 yards. Metheny played just one offensive series.

"I thought he moved the ball," London said of Metheny. "He made some good throws. He made a couple throws that were not maybe where we wanted the ball to be, but you know, he stepped in there and just kind of picked up and played football. And that was a good thing to see him be able to step in and direct a drive that led to a touchdown."

Metheny and Rocco both played -- and threw touchdown passes -- in a 48-7 blowout win Sept. 25 over 1-AA Virginia Military Institute. When asked whether either backup had created separation from the other this past week in practice, Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor offered a cryptic response.

"If there’s a week where one outperforms the other, then that guy should go in the game first," Lazor said.

By Steve Yanda  | October 2, 2010; 5:56 PM ET
 
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