October 6, 2009
The Virginia football team takes the field at Scott Stadium for a home game on Saturday for the first time in nearly a month. The Cavaliers' last home game was September 12 against Texas Christian, and while it will mark homecoming on Saturday, it will also be that in the literal sense for Al Groh and his team.
Virginia will face Indiana for the first time in program history. The Cavaliers struggle historically against teams from the Big Ten Conference, as they are 4-11 all-time against squads from that particular league. The Hoosiers are making their first trip to the Commonwealth of Virginia, and this game will mark the only match up this season between a Big Ten and ACC team.
The Hoosiers are 3-2 on the season. After starting out 3-0, Indiana has fallen in each of their last two games, losing at Michigan, 36-33, and falling against Ohio State in Bloomington, 33-14. The match up with the Wolverines nearly saw Indiana escape Ann Arbor with a win, as it led with less than three minutes to play, before Michigan put the winning touchdown on the scoreboard.
When looking closer at Indiana's team, one will find several things that Virginia will need to contain. It all starts at quarterback with Ben Chappell, who enters averaging 230.8 passing yards per game. Chappell has thrown five touchdown passes and six interceptions. His favorite target is wide receiver Tandon Doss, who averages 94 receiving yards per contest, as well as 131.4 all-purpose yards as well. Expect Doss to return kicks on Saturday and also take a few hand-offs as well. Offensively, the Hoosiers will run some trick plays and wildcat formations, as well as some unconventional formations as well.
Defensively the Hoosiers are pretty good at getting to the quarterback. Bill Lynch's squad runs a 4-3 defense, and the front four have tallied nine combined sacks on the year. This will pose a challenge to Virginia's offensive line. Cavalier quarterbacks have been sacked 17 times this year, including eight by TCU in the Cavs' last home game.
Kickoff is set for 3:30pm on Saturday from Scott Stadium. Catch Cavalier Pregame Live, presented by StellarOne Bank, at 2:30pm on ABC16.