October 5, 2009
The Cavalier football team got a much needed win on Saturday, topping North Carolina, 16-3. Now Virginia looks ahead, as Indiana visits Scott Stadium this weekend in the Cavaliers' final non-conference game of 2009. Al Groh and his team saw things start to go right in Chapel Hill, and now look to build on things towards another hopeful win. During their weekly press conference Monday, Groh and his players were adamant in saying they did not want to talk about North Carolina and would rather look ahead.
When the Hoosiers visit on Saturday, the Cavaliers will look to their defense for another solid performance. The unit played as close to perfect as it has all season this past weekend at North Carolina, holding the Tar Heels to 175 total yards, and only allowing 39 rushing yards. The Cavs got interceptions from Chase Minnifield and Chris Cook, and Nate Collins and Zane Parr each tallied a sack. Steve Greer led the way for Virginia with seven tackles and two tackles for loss, and the secondary looked as good as it has all season.
Offensively, Virginia only gained 254 total yards, but was also going up against the 14th best defense in the FBS. Mikell Simpson became the first Cavalier to hit the 100 rushing yard mark, and scored his first touchdown of the season as well. Al Groh also said that Jameel Sewell looked much better and had a lot of well-thrown balls this past Saturday. Sewell's progression and Simpson's break-out game of the season give Virginia great stepping stones heading into this week.
Special teams had been a point of concern heading in, after giving up 205 yards on special teams at Southern Mississippi. That phase of the game looked much better at North Carolina. Groh said that he would have liked to seen a couple punts executed a little better, but other than that, was pretty happy with the performance.
The Cavaliers return home for their first game at Scott Stadium since September 12, a 30-14 loss to TCU. They'll welcome an Indiana squad that is 3-2 on the season and that has lost its last two games, including a 33-14 loss to Ohio State this past Saturday. This will mark the first meeting in history between the Hoosiers and Virginia, and it also marks the only match up between a Big Ten and ACC school all season.
Kickoff is set for 3:30pm on Saturday. Click on the above video link to hear from Al Groh and the players.