THIRD QUARTER:Cavs still in command, leading 23-0 and driving again. They now have five sacks, including one on fourth down that crushed what was left of N.C. State’s spirits.
Looks like about half the crowd has departed.
Quarterback swap continues for Cavs.
We go to the half with the Cavaliers holding a surprising 16-0 lead over the Wolfpack. Defense has been the story, as the Cavs have sacked Mike Glennon four times, including one that netted a safety. UVa had only seven sacks total in its first eight games.
UVa’s Ian Frye missed a 23-yard field goal at the end of the quarter that could have extended the lead to 19-0. That followed a false-start penalty on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
State has only 103 total yards on 37 plays. Glennon has thrown two picks and State also lost a fumble.
Virginia’s quarterbacks have been alternating, with each taking two series before handing it to the other guy. Rocco has enjoyed some scrambling success, running for 25 yards on three carries.
I saw both of UVa’s wins this year and the Cavs didn’t look this good in either. Still, State faced the same halftime deficit against Florida State on Oct. 6 before rallying to win 17-16, so this one’s far from over. Wolfpack will get the ball first to start the second half.
FIRST QUARTER: Wahoos are razor-sharp early, leading 14-0 and it could be even a bigger lead than that. The Cavs lost a fumble at the N.C. State 7 to thwart a scoring chance, but other than that they’ve been dominating.
UVa’s line is blowing State off the ball. UVa’s receivers are getting wide open — and both QBs are hitting them. Sims has a TD run and Rocco has a touchdown pass. In short, this doesn’t look like a team on a six-game losing streak.
The Cavs outgained State 162 yards to 38.
One gaffe to note that may or may not be important later: Coach Mike London challenged the fumble ruling when it was obvious to everyone that the ball was out. They lost the challenge and were charged with a timeout (no big deal) but also forfeit the right to challenge again the rest of the game (probably not a big deal, since almost everything’s reviewed anyway, but we’ll see).
UVa—Sims 1 run (Frye kick), 10:09. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 4:51. Key play: Swanson 27 pass from Sims to NCSU 4. Virginia 7, N.C. State 0.
UVa—Jennings 18 pass from Rocco (Frye kick), :27. Drive: 10 plays, 68 yards, 4:56. Key play: Jones 15 pass from Rocco to NCSU 18. Virginia 14, N.C. State 0.
UVa—Safety, 3:17. Virginia 16, N.C. State 0.
UVa—Smith 38 pass from Sims (Jarrett kick), 11:10. Drive: Six plays, 64 yards, 2:23. Key play: Jones 15 run to NCSU 49. Virginia 23, N.C. State 0.
Greetings from Raleigh, where we’re less than an hour away from Virginia-N.C. State. The Wolfpack is favored by 10.5 with the over-under set at 52.
Kickoff at 12:30 p.m. from Raleigh.