Scores

Final

Richmond 0

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Virginia 16

(1-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

3:45 PM ET, September 6, 2008

Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA

1 2 3 4 T
RICH 0 0 0 00
UVA 3 0 0 1316

Top Performers

Passing: P. Lalich (UVA) - 204 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Simpson (UVA) - 23 CAR, 36 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Grayson (RICH) - 8 REC, 111 YDS

Virginia's defense pitches shutout vs. Richmond

Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia's Chase Minnifield stopped a late Richmond threat with an interception, and Vic Hall returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown to seal the Cavaliers' 16-0 victory Saturday.

Richmond kept it close until Mikell Simpson's 1-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter finally gave Virginia (1-1) a little breathing room at 10-0, and the defense did the rest.

Minnifield intercepted Eric Ward's pass at the goal line and returned it to the Virginia 28 with 4:10 left, one of several big defensive plays that allowed the Cavaliers to overcome poor field position and three unsuccessful fourth-down gambles.

Two minutes later, Hall picked off another Ward pass and broke one tackle en route to the clinching score.

Until late, it was a frustrating afternoon for the Cavaliers, coming off a 52-7 season-opening loss to top-ranked Southern California. However, they were able to sack Ward at key times to keep the Spiders (1-1) out of the end zone, and Nick Jenkins blocked a 29-yard field goal attempt by Andrew Howard, who also missed a 29-yarder.

The worst of Virginia's fourth-quarter miscues came just before the half when Richmond's Jordan Shoop intercepted Peter Lalich's pass and returned it 63 yards before being caught from behind at the Virginia 24. But Howard's miss left Virginia with a 3-0 lead.

Virginia also failed on an earlier fourth-down pass from Richmond's 31, and Lalich was stopped for no gain on a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1 from the Virginia 29 early in the third quarter. A third-down sack of Ward pushed the Spiders out of field goal range and, moments later, Howard's field goal attempt was blocked.

The Cavaliers' only first-half points came on Yannick Reyering's 26-yard field goal.

Lalich was 21-of-29 for 204 yards and two interceptions for Virginia, which improved to 19-3 against Football Championship Series opponents, including 12 consecutive victories. Kevin Ogletree had eight receptions for 103 yards.

Ward was 16-of-33 for 175 yards and two interceptions. Kevin Grayson caught eight passes for 111 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICH
UVA
1st Downs1718
Total Yards194295
Passing175204
Rushing1991
Penalties7-509-103
3rd Down Conversions1-127-18
4th Down Conversions0-01-4
Turnovers32
Possession28:2031:40

Passing Leaders

RichmondC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ward16/331755.302
VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lalich21/392045.202

Rushing Leaders

RichmondCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vaughan13524.0021
Forte331.004
VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peerman10606.0017
Simpson23361.619

Receiving Leaders

RichmondRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grayson811113.9026
Forte12828.0028
VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ogletree810312.9025
Covington44110.3019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICHUVA
FG06:27Yannick Reyering 26 Yd 03
FOURTH QUARTERRICHUVA
TD07:25Mikell Simpson 1 Yd Run (Yannick Reyering Kick) 010
TD02:08Vic Hall 60 Yd Interception Return (Pat Failed) 016