Some leftover morsels,
* A week after gouging Georgia Tech for 272 yards rushing, its most in seven years, Virginia ran for a season-low 124 against the Wolfpack.
"I think the difference was that we stayed in our gaps," State coach Tom O'Brien said. "A lot of their stuff last week came at the perimeter and that was one thing we weren't going to let them do. If they gashed us, it was going to be inside. They weren't going to run to the boundary on us like they did a week ago. I mean, they probably got 175 yards outside the tight end box last week."
The Cavaliers averaged 5 yards a carry in the first half but opened the second with seven passes in their first nine snaps.
"I thought we could come out in the second half and use that (first-half running success) to get some (passes) down the field," offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said.
Didn’t work. Quarterbacks Michael Rocco and
"We have to do a better job of post-snap reads and where to throw the ball," Virginia coach Mike London said.
* Linebacker Steve Greer and tackle Matt Conrath led the Cavaliers with 14 and 10 tackles, respectively, but it was a missed tackle that will haunt Virginia.
On a third-and-10 from his own 21 late in the third quarter, State's Mike Glennon threw a routine sideline pass to redshirt freshman Bryan Underwood. But cornerback Dom Joseph failed to wrap him up, and Underwood tight-roped down the sideline for a 79-yard touchdown.
"It was an out route." Underwood said. "I jumped up and didn't expect to continue running. I guess he thought he had me out of bounds and I was able to keep my balance and continue to run. I was shocked that I did it."
"At practice he is known for being the weak dud," Wolfpack receiver T.J. Graham said of Underwood. "I have been in his ear the whole time and trying to get him ready for this and clearly it has worked. I was more excited for him than I was for myself."
* True freshman tailback
"I came out blocking a linebacker and then threw him off me," Richardson said. "I tried to get the quarterback to see me (in the end zone). Rocco threw it over and I made the play. Rocco did a great job rolling out and looking down the field."
* Virginia’s 249 yards of offense are its fewest since 149 in a 52-17 loss at Miami two years ago. And where do the Cavs head next? To Miami, of course, for an
"We're a better team than the way we played today," cornerback Chase Minnifield said. "We just have to go back to work now. It's disappointing. It's tough. But we have to go back to work since it's a short week. You've got to let it go and try to come up big next week."