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Richmond Vs. Virginia Final: Cavaliers Pummel Spiders In Season Opener, 43-19

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).

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