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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 -- or 13 minutes, 24 seconds longer than did the Hurricanes.

Virginia ranks No. 7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in average time of possession per game (29:37.38), and holding the ball hasn't neccessarily been the Cavaliers' strong suit this season. But Virginia's offense was fairly efficient Saturday, and its defense tallied five interceptions, which gave the offense more opportunities to pick up right where it left off.

Seven of the Cavaliers' 13 offensive possessions lasted six plays or more Saturday, marking just the second time this season that more than half of Virginia's drives in a particular game extended as long. Third down conversions (6 for 17) were still lacking, though Virginia did convert on the two third downs it needed most. What mattered most for Coach Mike London & Co., though, was that the Cavaliers had enough command over the game to hold onto the ball long enough to secure the victory.

"I think one of the keys was we actually held the ball for 13 minutes more than what they did," London said. "And I think that's significant because as we were talking about making first downs and holding onto the ball and not keeping our defense on the field, when we did give the ball up, we got five turnovers and got the ball back. I just thought that was a significant, significant stat in the game. It helped us win."

By Steve Yanda  | November 1, 2010; 12:52 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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