September 8, 2008
The Cavalier football team hits the practice field fresh off its first victory of the 2008 season. After only scoring three points in the first three quarters, Virginia slammed the door on Richmond by stepping up its game in the fourth quarter for a 16-0 victory.
Peter Lalich made his second career start at quarterback, completing 24-of-39 passes for 204 yards and two interceptions. Though he did not complete any touchdown passes, Al Groh feels that he his moving in the right direction. Another offensive bright spot was Kevin Ogletree, who pulled down eight receptions for 103 yards. Cedric Peerman also showed good form in the running game, gaining 60 yards on just ten carries. His running mate, Mikell Simpson, scored the only offensive touchdown of the game, a one yard run up the middle in the fourth quarter.
The defense shined brightest for Virginia on Saturday. The unit was challenged by field position on numerous occasions, but was able to prevail, and keep the Spiders off the scoreboard. The defense held Richmond to just 194 yards of total offense, and came away with two interceptions and six sacks by days end. Vic Hall's fourth quarter interception was returned 60 yards for a touchdown to put the nail in the coffin.
Virginia hits the road for the first time this season on Saturday, as they travel to Hartford to battle Connecticut. The Huskies are coming off a 12-9 overtime win over Temple this past weekend. Click on the above video link to view this week's Monday Evening Quarterback.