The low-point of the game: UVA's performance in the trenches. The defensive line got beat badly by the Spiders on their two quick-strike touchdown drives and failed to get consistant pressure on Richmond's quarterbacks. The offensive line could never seem to get a good push against an undersized UR front, notably failing to get Kevin Parks a yard on 4th and 1. There are explanations: Richmond's short-passing game neutralized our pass rush (but didn't allow the Spiders the chance for needed game-changing plays). Their loading up the box on defense neutralized the UVA running game at times (while allowing Rocco to throw over their heads). Still, in a game against inferior competition, I expect the Hoos to dominate the trenches, and they didn't. I would like to see improvement from both units, and I expect that we will see it.
Virginia will host the Penn State Nittany Lions next Saturday. Penn State was upset 24-14 by Ohio in Happy Valley on Saturday.
The Virginia Cavaliers had little trouble in their 2012 season opener on Sunday, destroying the Richmond Spiders 43-19 in Charlottesville, VA. UVA jumped out to a 16-0 lead seven minutes into the game and never looked back, rolling up 545 yards of offense in the dominant performance.
Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco had an outstanding day, throwing for 311 yards and a touchdown on 25 of 37 passing. Three Cavaliers running backs found the endzone on Saturday, with Perry Jones, Khalek Shepherd and Kevin Parks all topping 50 yards on the ground and scoring. As a team, Virginia ran for 184 yards on 42 carries.
The overmatched Spiders, who had negative rushing yards in the first half, finished up with just 28 yards on 21 carries, good for a 1.3 yard per carry average. Richmond had just three more yards on the ground than they did in penalty yardage (three penalties for 25 yards).
The Virginia Cavaliers jumped out to an early 16-0 lead in their 2012 season opener against the Richmond Spiders, stretching the margin to 22-0 before the Spiders finally got on the board, with Richmond now trailing 22-6 at the half.
Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco was 14-23 in the first half, for 201 yards and a touchdown. Perry Jones has led the way on the ground for the Cavaliers, gaining 44 yards on eight carries, with fellow backfield mate Kevin Parks chipping in 32 yards and a rushing touchdown. Darius Jennings has been the beneficiary of Rocco's strong first half, catching four balls for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Richmond has been outgained 291 yards to 105 yards, and the Spiders' running game has been absolutely abysmal, amassing negative yards in the first half on 12 carries.