Cavaliers Turn Focus to Texas Tech

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

December 18, 2007

Cavalier football coach Al Groh divided his Gator Bowl preparation into two phases. The first is the self-improvement phase, where Virginia focused on fundamentals and fine tuning its skills. That phase concluded on Sunday afternoon, and now the Cavaliers focus on Texas Tech.

Phase two of Groh's plan concentrates on the game plan for the Red Raiders. Virginia heads into this match up on New Years Day and face the top passing offense in the country. Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell averages 441 passing yards per game, and has 45 touchdown passes on the year. He became only the sixth player in NCAA history to eclipse 5,000 passing yards for the season, and threw for a career high 646 yards in the Red Raiders' 49-45 loss to Oklahoma State.

The Cavaliers began scouting Texas Tech in detail this afternoon, and are putting together a game plan for the Gator Bowl. Coach Groh says that the month off has given his players a great opportunity to fine tune, and he was happy with the way that his team improved throughout the first stage of his plan.

Virginia and Texas Tech kick off in the Gator Bowl on New Years Day at 1:00 in Jacksonville, Florida. CBS19 will have you covered with Cavalier Pregame: Road to the Gator Bowl. Marc Davis and Dave Strumpf will be live in Jacksonville, beginning at 12:30, and will take you right up until kickoff.

For complete coverage of the Cavaliers' preparations for the Gator Bowl, check back at for consistent updates.

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