VIRGINIA: Five Days and Counting

Hoosier Nation begins its day-by-day preview of Saturday's match-up with Virginia (1-3/1-0 ACC). Today, we look at five numbers to note about Coach Al Groh's Cavalier squad...

272.3 - total yards per game for Virginia this season, ranking the Cavaliers 117th out of 120 Division I-A teams. Coach Al Groh's team has been equally anemic with the run (93.0 yards/game, ranking 110th nationally) and the pass (179.3 yards/game, 99th). Virginia has been held under 300 yards of total offense in three of its four games, with the lone exception being a 390-yard performance in a 37-34 loss to Southern Miss. These offense struggles are nothing new for Groh's Virginia teams, which were far from potent offensively in 2006 (113th nationally in total offense), 2007 (101st) and 2008 (105th).

7 - consecutive losses for Virginia before its 16-3 win over North Carolina last week. Saturday's win was not only the Cavaliers' first victory since Oct. 25, 2008, but the win over Coach Butch Davis' Tar Heels also made the Cavaliers the last BCS conference team to win a game this season. The struggles have been a pretty abrupt change in fortunes for Groh's Virginia program, which went 9-4 in 2007 for a Gator Bowl berth and then started 5-3 last season before losing its final four games of the campaign to finish 5-7.

2 – consecutive seasons Virginia has started 1-3. A year ago, the Cavaliers were miserable in September, losing to USC by 45, UConn by 35 and lowly Duke by 28 in the season's opening month. But the month of October was an entirely different story, as Groh's team was 4-0 last October with wins against teams that would eventually earn postseason bowl berths - Maryland, East Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. With the win over North Carolina Saturday, Virginia has now won 10 out of its last 11 games in the month of September dating back to 2006, with the lone loss coming to North Carolina State in 2007.

470 – receiving yards for Hoosier wideout Tandon Doss in the season's first five games. His 94.2 yards/game not only ranks 22nd nationally and second in the Big Ten, but his yardage total has already eclipsed last year's best for any player on the IU roster (Andrew Means, 450 receiving yards). He continues to be on pace to become only the fifth player in IU history to have 1,000 receiving yards along with Ernie Jones (1987), Thomas Lewis (1993), Courtney Roby (2002) and James Hardy (2007). Doss' 32 receptions, meanwhile, ranks him third in the Big Ten and 33rd nationally, and he's only 10 receptions away from matching Ray Fisher's team best of 42 last season.

23 – rushes for Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell in the 37-34 loss to Southern Miss two weeks ago, the most rushing attempts by a UVa quarterback since 1942. That game was no aberration for Sewell, a dual-threat quarterback who has had at least 13 rushing attempts in each of the Cavaliers' four games. He's gained a very respectable 250 yards rushing this season, but he's also been sacked 17 times. Those negative plays have brought Sewell's overall rushing totals to just 88 yards on 70 attempts.

Coming Up
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday – Four Names to Know
On Wednesday – Three Key Match-Ups
On Thursday – Two Big Concerns
On Friday – One Bold Prediction

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