October 11, 2008
Cedric Peerman ran for 173 yards and 2 scores, and the Cavaliers held off ECU for a 35-20 win Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium.
Virginia actually got out to a pretty sloppy start against the Pirates. Quarterback Marc Verica threw two first quarter interceptions, which led to two East Carolina field goals. Trailing 6-0, the Cavaliers were in need of a spark, and the Senior tailback provided it. Peerman broke off a 79 yard touchdown run to put Virginia up 7-6. Moments later, he followed that up with a 60 yard touchdown run to make it 14-6 UVa.
The Cavaliers would strike again on their next offensive possession. Mikell Simpson scored on a 5 yard run around the right side to make it 21-6 Virginia. The Cavaliers capped off the first half scoring with a 35 yard touchdown pass from Verica to Kevin Ogletree to take a 28-6 lead at the half.
But the Pirates would rally in the second half. After a 59 yard kickoff return by Dwayne Harris, ECU marched 41 yards down the field and scored on a one yard run by Jon Williams. The Pirates would find the end zone again in the fourth quarter when Patrick Pinkney hit Brandon Simmons for a 10 yard touchdown, cutting the Virginia lead to 8.
Virginia would reach into its bag of tricks though later in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers executed a fake field goal to perfection, with Scott Deke finding a wide open John Phillips for the touchdown that essentially put the game away for Virginia.
The Cavaliers have now won consecutive games for the first time this season. They return to Scott Stadium next Saturday to take on North Carolina in a crucial ACC matchup. Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm.