The Virginia Cavaliers trail Penn State, 7-3, after one half in Charlottesville. The Cavs have struggled to get anything going on offense but finally broke the shutout towards the end of the second quarter with a Drew Jarrett 46-yard field goal. Quarterback Michael Rocco is 10 of 19 for 83 yards and a touchdown, and the Cavs have been unable to establish much of anything on the ground. The PSU defense has applied consistent pressure to Rocco, making him uncomfortable on most of his throws.
Penn State began the game with a clock-eating drive that ended with a Matt McGloin eight-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Carter. The drive was 17 plays and kept the UVA defense on the field more than six minutes. But the defense would respond and keep PSU in check from there, despite some aggressive play calling by Bill O'Brien.
The big development of the first half was Ausar Walcott knocking McGloin out of the game. McGloin was hit on the elbow in the exact same spot on two consecutive series and was forced to the locker room in the middle of the second quarter. True freshman Steven Bench came on in relief for the Nittany Lions.