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Virginia vs. NC State 2012: Cavaliers roll over Wolfpack

The Virginia Cavaliers won their first ACC game of the season, 33-6 over the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday.

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Cavaliers hammer Wolfpack in North Carolina

The Virginia Cavaliers went on the road and beat up on the North Carolina State Wolfpack, surprising most of the country with a 33-6 pounding of their ACC rival.

Virginia's defense played extremely well, limiting N.C. State to just 19 yards on the ground.

Over at Streaking The Lawn, Brian Schwartz talked a little bit about the defensive performance:

Mike London and the coaching staff clearly had the unit fired up, focused, and ready to play today, a tall task for a 2-6 team with little hope remaining coming off a bye week. This led to players being in the right place, playing to the whistle, playing aggressively, and making big hits, which is how a team picks up 5 turnovers. Some of our past struggles were bad luck, just as some of our success today was good luck.

However, there are ways to make your own luck, and the Hoos did so today. A good defense forces punts. A dominant one picks up 5 takeaways, 6 sacks, and a safety. A performance to be proud of today.

For most of the season, Virginia has been a team without much punch offensively, largely due to a quarterback situation that still needs resolving. Phillip Sims and Michael Rocco split duties on Saturday, and it obviously worked out pretty well in the victory.

The biggest difference against North Carolina State was the turnover differential. For most of the year, the Cavaliers have constantly been the giver of gifts, and not so much the receiver. However, they flipped the script this weekend, only turning the football over once and forcing five by the Wolfpack.


Virginia defense shines in 33-6 win over NC State

Virginia's defense forced five N.C. State turnovers, as the Cavaliers cruised to a 33-6 win over the Wolfpack to notch their first ACC win of the season.


Virginia leads N.C. State, 23-0

The Virginia Cavaliers are just 15 minutes away from their first ACC win in 2012, as Virginia currently leads the N.C. State Wolfpack, 23-0.

Virginia took a 16-0 lead into halftime, thanks to two first quarter touchdowns and a safety. The Cavaliers missed an opportunity at the end of the first half to extend their lead to 19-0, when Ian Frye missed a 23-yard field goal, but Virginia kept the pressure on in the second half.

Phillip Sims connected with Tim Smith for a 38-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, giving the Cavaliers a commanding 23-0 lead over the Wolfpack.

Sims and Michael Rocco have been part of a tag-team attack at quarterback for Virginia. Sims has completed 7-of-9 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, and also added a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Rocco started the game 4-of-4 passing, but is now just 12-of-21 for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Virginia's defense, as a shutout would indicate, has played exceptionally well, forcing three turnovers, while holding the Wolfpack to just 18 yards rushing through the first three quarters.


Cavaliers lead Wolfpack at halftime, 16-0

So far, so good for the Virginia Cavaliers, as they look to notch their first ACC win of the season. Virginia leads the N.C. State Wolfpack at halftime, 16-0.

The Cavaliers got the scoring started early in the first quarter, when quarterback Phillip Sims rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. Virginia then turned to Michael Rocco behind center, and Rocco delivered with an 18-yard touchdown strike to Darius Jennings at the end of the first quarter.

Virginia added on to their lead late in the second quarter, when N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked for a safety, giving the Cavaliers a 16-0 lead.

Virginia had a chance to extend their lead to 19-0 at the end of the half, but Ian Frye missed a 23-yard field goal.

Since starting the game 4-of-4 passing with a touchdown, Rocco is just 3-of-12 passing. Altogether in the first half, Rocco is 7-of-16 passing for 50 yards and a touchdown.

Perry Jones leads the Cavaliers with 32 rushing yards on six carries.

Virginia's defense has been excellent so far as well, forcing three N.C. State turnovers, including two interceptions.

Virginia has yet to commit a penalty, while the Wolfpack committing just two.


Cavaliers lead Wolfpack after first quarter, 14-0

Virginia Cavaliers quarterbacks have been the difference makers so far, as the Cavaliers lead the N.C. State Wolfpack after the first quarter, 14-0.

Phillip Sims scrambled for a 1-yard touchdown run, giving Virginia a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.

Sims wasn't the only Virginia quarterback scoring early on Saturday. Michael Rocco connected with Darius Jennings for an 18-yard touchdown strike with 1:20 left to go in the first quarter, extending Virginia's lead to 14-0.

Virginia's two-quarterback attack was apparently planned, and thus far, it's worked, as Sims and Rocco are each 4-for-4 passing.

As the 14-0 score reflects, Virginia has dominated play in the first quarter, outgaining the Wolfpack 157-38 in total yards. The Cavaliers have run more than double the amount of offensive plays N.C. State has, running 23 first quarter plays compared to just 10 for the Wolfpack.

Virginia has rushed for 65 first quarter yards as well, led by Kevin Parks' 29 yards on seven carries. Perry Jones has carried the ball three times for 24 yards.

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