October 12, 2009
Whether the Cavaliers know it or not, Al Groh is dominating in the month of October. The Virginia football team has won eleven of its last 12 games in the tenth month of the year, including its most recent victory, a dominating 47-7win over Indiana. Now the Cavaliers take their act on the road once again, as they head to Maryland in search of their third win in a row.
The Terrapins enter with a 2-4 record, 1-1 in the ACC, and coming off a loss to Wake Forest this past Saturday. Virginia has won the last two meetings with their border rivals to the north. Last year the Cavs began a four game winning streak with a 31-0 shutout win over the Terps, and Virginia won a dramatic 17-16 game in its last trip to College Park, part of a seven game winning streak in 2007. The two teams have split their last eight meetings.
Virginia is 2-3 after Saturday's win over the Hoosiers and 1-0 in the ACC. The Cavaliers looked dominant on Saturday, tallying 536 yards of total offense, including 308 passing yards by Jameel Sewell. It marked his second game of the season in which he eclipsed the 300 yard mark, and he threw for a touchdown and rushed for a score as well. Mikell Simpson also had a career day, rushing for a career high four touchdowns on 83 yards. His day was cut short by a neck injury, but early indications are that he could be ready to play this Saturday in College Park.
The defense also put together a solid day on Saturday, giving up just 272 yards. Cornerback Ras-I Dowling led the charge with a team high nine tackles, including a sack. Dowling also forced a fumble on Indiana's opening drive, and had a second quarter interception as well. For his efforts, he was awarded the ACC Defensive Back of the Week honor.
The Cavaliers and Terrapins kickoff at 4:00pm at Byrd Stadium on Saturday. Virginia fans can catch the game on ESPNU. Click on the above video link to hear Al Groh's thoughts on getting consistant play from his team.