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Live Blog: UVA faces Indiana in ACC-Big 10 matchup

AFP contributor Scott German leads our live blog during today’s college football game pitting UVA (1-0) vs. Indiana (0-1). The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

 

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Chris Graham and Scott German discuss the search for a new athletics director at UVA, and at the Cavs’ Week 2 game with Indiana.

 

Game Preview

UVA football got out to a better start to its 2017 season than it did in 2016, beating its in-state FCS tuneup.

Week 2 brings a stern test in an Indiana team that gave #2 Ohio State all it could handle for three quarters.

The Hoosiers (0-1) led at the half and again late in the third before melting down in what turned into a 49-21 defeat.

Don’t let that score fool you, though. The Hoosiers did some nice things against the Buckeyes.

Quarterback Richard Lagow threw for 410 yards, completing 40 of his 65 pass attempts. And yeah, that’s an awful lot of pass attempts, with a run game that generated just 17 yards.

Virginia (1-0), for its part, looked pretty good against the pass numbers-wise in its 28-10 win over William & Mary, allowing just 72 yards through the air, and just seven completed passes (on 13 attempts).

But, yeah, you need to keep in mind that W&M came in without an established starter at QB, and that this year’s Tribe is far from being among Jimmye Laycock’s best.

There is still a big question mark regarding how the Cavs’ secondary will match up against top-flight passing games, and Indiana’s numbers against Ohio State seem to indicate proficiency through the air.

Pay attention, in particular, to how UVA matches up with Simmie Cobbs Jr., the 6’4” wideout who hauled in 11 balls for 149 yards last week.

Expect Virginia to roll its coverages to key on Cobbs, which can leave slot receiver Luke Timian (10 catches last week) free to roam underneath.

The best hope for UVA fans is that the ‘Hoos can fight fire with fire on offense. IU was gashed by Ohio State through the air (304 yards) and on the ground (292 yards).

Virginia didn’t exactly pile up the numbers in the stat book, gaining just 92 yards on the ground (averaging 2.9 yards per attempt), and 354 yards total offense.

A key for the Cavs will be keeping QB Kurt Benkert (27-of-39, 262 yards, three TDs) upright (he was sacked three times last week).

Another key will be avoiding the turnover. Virginia didn’t have a turnover in the win over William & Mary, marking the first TO-free game for the program since 2013.

Avoid turnovers, keep Benkert standing and give him some time to find his receivers, get a little something going on the ground, stifle Indiana on the ground and keep Hoosiers receivers from getting yards after the catch: there’s your formula for success from a UVA fan perspective.

It’s a tall order.

Preview by Chris Graham

 

 Virginia vs. Indiana • #INDvsUVA
Date/Time Sat., Sept. 9, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.
Location Charlottesville, Va. | Scott Stadium (61,500)
Television ESPNU
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Coach Mendenhall Monday Press Conference Transcript
   
Discussion
  • Scott German

    Beautiful “fall-like” afternoon here in Scott Stadium. Less than 90 minutes before kickoff of Virginia vs. Indiana

  • Scott German

    Virginia leads all-time series with IU 2-0. UVA won at Indiana in 2011 34-31 on a last second field goal.

  • Scott German

    Coin toss IU wins and will kick to UVA

  • Scott German

    Touchback. UVA ball on 20

  • Scott German

    dropped pass forces a UVA punt. IU takes over at their own 36.
    holding on IU moves ball back to 16

  • Scott German

    IU in a no huddle attack

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    17 yard completion moves ball to 31

  • Scott German

    IU first down after a UVA penalty negates a fourth down hold

  • Scott German

    UVA forces an IU punt

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    punt is dead at the UVA 6. Virginia has second offensive series

  • Scott German

    Wasted series for UVA. IU takes over at the UVA 49. (44 yard UVA punt)

  • Scott German

    3rd a 7 for IU

  • Scott German

    IU to punt as UVA defense holds

  • Scott German

    8:40 in first 0-0 game. UVA with ball at their own 10. Need to flip the field .

  • Scott German

    UVA offense very predictable.

  • Scott German

    holding

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    holding on IU moves ball to 27

  • Scott German

    rushing first down for uva

  • Scott German

    benkerts throw for a first down o the 50

  • Scott German

    3rd

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    3rd a 15 for UVA

  • Scott German

    long pass attempt falls inc. uva punting

  • Scott German

    solid punt pins IU at their own 12

  • Scott German

    IU goes 3& out and will punt.

  • Scott German

    last week against ohio St. IU threw for 420 yards.

  • Scott German

    uva has a 3rd and 4 at their own 46

  • Scott German

    Benkert

  • Scott German

    pass completion of 20 moves the ball to the IU 33

  • Scott German

    deepest penetration for either team as UVA moves to 24

  • Scott German

    ellis moves the ball to the IU 22 and a first down

  • Scott German

    3rd and 6 for uva at the 18

  • Scott German

    fg attempt for uva 36 yards is a fake and the run comes up three yards short

  • Scott German

    end of the first quarter and we are scoreless. Conclusion after one quarter, these two schools are basketball schools. And IU must have caught Ohio St. completely sleep last week.

  • Scott German

    total yards uva 76 IU 33

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    IU

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    IU moves ball to their own 34

  • Scott German

    In that game against Ohio state IU qb Richard Lagow complete 40 passes.

  • Scott German

    3rd and 6 for IU

  • Scott German

    Lagow ‘s pass is intercepted and uva takes over at the IU 44

  • Scott German

    3rd long pass attempt falls incomplete by Benkert

  • Scott German

    3rd

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    and

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    4 for

  • Scott German

    4th and four for uva and they will punt. wasted offensive series. cant say much for the offensive play calling by UVa.

  • Scott German

    IU punt receiver for some reasons fields the ball at the 1. 1st and 10 for IU.12:30 left in the second and IU has 49 total yards.

  • Scott German

    a draw gets one yard for IU. another run of one and now its 3rd and 8 for IU

  • Scott German

    IU punts from their own endzone. Is UVA calling IU plays ?

  • Scott German

    Hamn takes the punt to the IU 24. Now what play calling will uva go to?

  • Scott German

    mis

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    hand

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    off

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    and

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    benkert

  • Scott German

    3rd and 6 from the 20 for uva

  • Scott German

    uva forced to call a timeout / not enough players on the field. Really?

  • Scott German

    Both of these schools have played in the final four (of basketball)

  • Scott German

    benkert completes pass to the IU 5

  • Scott German

    IU holds and UVA will attempt a 22 yard fg

  • Scott German

    fg is good. UVa leads 3-0. 8:08 left in the second quarter.A.J. Mejia (freshmen) on the kick

  • Scott German

    total yards. uva 99 IU 51

  • Scott German

    IU takes the kickoff back to their own 36.

  • Scott German

    Peyton ramsey new IU qb.

  • Scott German

    IU moves ball to uva 31

  • Scott German

    ramsey passes for a 31 yard score. courtesy of at least three uva blown tackles. IU leads 7-3

  • Scott German

    IU changes signal callers and marches right down the field and scores.

  • Scott German

    anemic uva offense is 3 and out.

  • Scott German

    IU punt return to the UVa 30

  • Scott German

    26 yard td run by ramsey against a bewildered uva defense. 14-3

  • Scott German

    quick observation: UVA is slow, small and just overmatched at this moment.

  • Scott German

    uva takes over at their own 18. 3:44 left in quarter 2

  • Scott German

    another highly questionable series of play calling results in 3 and out for UVA. 1:44 left. pleny of time for IU

  • Scott German

    shank punt of 19 gives IU the ball at UVA 45.

  • Scott German

    crowd was never loud, now almost silent in Scott Stadium.

  • Scott German

    IU 2nd and 6 at the UVA 29.

  • Scott German

    sack by uva defense.

  • Scott German

    4th and 11 for IU at the UVA 34. IU to attempt a 51 yard fg

  • Scott German

    51 yard fg is good at the half 17-3 IU.

  • Scott German

    Halftime information.
    Indiana scored 17 in-answered points in the final 8:08 of the half.
    Peyton Ramsey replaced IU quarterback Richard Lagow and went 6-6 with a td to lead the IU charge.
    UVA has 111 total yards.

  • Scott German

    UVA kicks off to start the second half

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    IU starts at their own 23

  • Scott German

    IU punts and UVA starts at their own 47.

  • Scott German

    38,993 announced attendance,

  • Scott German

    benkert first down pass to the IU 44

  • Scott German

    another nice completion by benkert

  • Scott German

    3rd and 2 for uva

  • Scott German

    pass interference gives uva a first down at the IU 21

  • Scott German

    benkert passes to the IU 11. 3rd and 1

  • Scott German

    ellis on an 11 yard scoring run up the middle TD UVA! PAT makes it 17-10 IU

  • Scott German

    pretty impressive uva drive 6 plays for 55 yards. aided by a pass interference call against IU

  • Scott German

    UVA did what it had to do. score first in the second half. now lets see if they can capitalize on the momentum.

  • Scott German

    IU takes over at their own 25. 10:30 left in the third.

  • Scott German

    IU moves the ball to the UVA 29 after a 15 yard face mask call

  • Scott German

    3rd and 6 for IU

  • Scott German

    sack by UVA defense. makes it 4th and 11 and a 47 yard fg attempt. kick is good. 20-10 IU.

  • Scott German

    IU field goal kicker Griffin Oakes is the all time Hoosier kicker. Today he has connected on 1 and 47 yard try’s. Both kicks split the hill endzone uprights.

  • Scott German

    51 and 47 yards today for Griffin

  • Scott German

    UVA starts at their own 25.

  • Scott German

    false start for uva makes it 2nd and nine.

  • Scott German

    uva moves to the 41. 1st and 10

  • Scott German

    hamm nice carry for 2 makes it 3rd and five

  • Scott German

    uva forced to punt. IU takes over at their own 26. UVA defense needs to hold

  • Scott German

    impotant 3rd down for uva defense.

  • Scott German

    IU forced to punt, after Ramsey’s first incomplete pass after going 11-11

  • Scott German

    IU punt forces UVA to start drive at their own 3

  • Scott German

    eventually uva will stop throwing deep. another benkert incompletion

  • Scott German

    uva forced to punt. absolutely horrendous playcalling

  • Scott German

    IU takes over at the UVA 32. and 1st play is a 2 yard td. 27-10 IU.
    fans leaving stadium in droves.

  • Scott German

    UVA faces 3rd and 4 from the 31 and completes a first down pass. end of three quarters 27-10 IU.

  • Scott German

    start of 4th quarter. UVA with ball at their own 40. A must scoring drive for UVA or this game is over. Benkert is 0-5 of pass attempts over 20 yards.

  • Scott German

    Benkert runs for a first down to the IU 36

  • Scott German

    Benkert just absolutely air-mails a pass to IU defender for an interception. However off-sitting penalties negate the play.

  • Scott German

    Uva moves to the IU 31. Benkert throws to the IU 25.

  • Scott German

    Benkert now 0-6 on deep pass attempts.

 
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