October 7, 2008
Fresh off its 31-0 win over Maryland this past weekend, the Cavalier football team now sets its sights on East Carolina. Virginia kicks off with the Pirates on Saturday at noon to close out its non-conference schedule.
The last time these two teams met was 2006 in Greenville, where the Pirates jumped out to a lead and topped the Wahoos, 31-21. It marked only the second meeting between the two teams. ECU used four rushing touchdowns to fuel the victory. Jason Snelling rushed for 103 yards and a score in the losing effort.
Several of this year's Cavaliers were on that 2006 team, and remember that loss well. John Phillips, Kevin Ogletree, Byron Glaspy, and Clint Sintim all commented on the loss, and remember the feeling down in Greenville.
As for this year's match up, East Carolina enters at 3-2. After topping Virginia Tech and West Virginia to open the season, the Pirates struggled past Tulane, before falling to NC State and Houston in their last two games. ECU is coming off a bye week, giving them a little extra time to prepare for the Cavaliers.
Virginia is 2-3, but is coming off its best performance of the season against Maryland, where they set several season high marks, including points, total offense, and passing touchdowns. The Cavaliers also committed no turnovers. They are 0-2 all time against East Carolina.
Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for noon. It marks the second of a three game homestand for Virginia.