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2008 Virginia Cavaliers football
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal
2008 record 5-7 (3-5 ACC)
Head coach Al Groh
Offensive coordinator Mike Groh
Offensive scheme West Coast
Defensive coordinator Bob Pruett
Base defense 3–4

Home stadium

Scott Stadium
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »

The 2008 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia during the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football season. It was Virginia's 55th season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Cavaliers were led by head coach Al Groh. They played their home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.

2008 ACC football standings   
    Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
Atlantic
Boston College* 5 3     9 5
#21 Florida State* 5 3     9 4
Maryland 4 4     8 5
Wake Forest 4 4     8 5
Clemson 4 4     7 6
NC State 4 4     6 7
Coastal
#15 Virginia Tech* † 5 3     10 4
#22 Georgia Tech* 5 3     9 4
North Carolina 4 4     8 5
Miami (FL) 4 4     7 6
Virginia 3 5     5 7
Duke 1 7     4 8

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12

* – Division Co-Champion
† – Conference Champion
Final Rankings: AP Top 25 Poll

Contents

Preseason

The 2008 preseason began in early January, with the loss of starting quarterback Jameel Sewell due to academic ineligibility as well as three other players who were not enrolled for the Spring 2008 semester; junior cornerback Chris Cook, freshman wide receiver Chris Dalton and freshman linebacker Darnell Carter.[1]

In February 2008, defensive back Mike Brown was arrested by UVa police and charged with one count each of grand larceny, possession of stolen property with intent to sell, altering serial numbers, and possession of marijuana. Al Groh said of the situation, "At this time we are currently gathering the facts. In view of the nature of the allegation, Mike Brown is not participating with the program at this time."[2] Also in February, defensive end Jeffery Fitzgerald left the school, and subsequently the team, after allegations of honor code violations; the university stating that, "Fitzgerald is no longer enrolled and will never play again for the 'Hoos."[3][4]

Peter Lalich Controversy

On July 24, 2008, Peter Lalich, quarterback, was charged with unlawful purchase and possession of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Coach Groh would not comment on the charge, and stated that any disciplinary action would be dealt with internally, within the team. Lalich's case has been continued until July 21, 2009, at which point his charges will be dropped should he avoid further trouble.[5]

On September 5, 2008, it was reported that Lalich had admitted to court officials that he had used marijuana and alcohol while on supervised probation. The voluntary admission came during a regular probation interview with officials from the office of Offender Aid and Restoration/Virginia Alcohol Safety Program. He is scheduled for a hearing on September 26th.[6] On September 10, 2008 it was announced through a statement from Virginia's sports information office that Lalich would not be starting in the September 13 game against the University of Connecticut.[7]

On Thursday, September 18, Lalich admitted that he had violated the terms of his probation.[8]. Later the same day, he was dismissed from the Cavalier football team.[9] In a statement, UVA Athletic Director Craig Littlepage said, "We have supported Peter, but believe today a point has been reached where it’s best for all concerned that [Peter] no longer participate on the team. This is my decision, and it has support of head football coach Al Groh. We wish Peter the best in the future." [10]

Schedule

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Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30* 3:30 pm #2 USC Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ABC L 7-52   64,947
September 6* 3:45 pm Richmond Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ESPNU W 16-0   51,007
September 13* 7:30 pm at Connecticut Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT ESPNU L 10-45   40,000[12]
September 27 12:00 noon at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ESPNU L 3-31   25,527
October 4 7:00 pm Maryland Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA (Maryland-Virginia rivalry) ESPNU W 31-0   50,727
October 11* 12:00 noon East Carolina Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA Raycom W 35-20   52,398
October 18 3:30 pm #18 North Carolina Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA (South's Oldest Rivalry) ABC W 16-13 OT  52,342
October 25 3:30 pm at #18 Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ESPNU W 24-17   47,416
November 1† 12:00 noon Miami Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA Raycom L 17-24 OT  53,308
November 8 3:30 pm at Wake Forest BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ESPNU L 17-28   34,014
November 22 12:00 noon Clemson Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA Raycom L 3-13    
November 29 12:00 noon at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA (Commonwealth Cup) ESPN L 14-17    
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff

Position Name Season
Head Coach: Al Groh 7th
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Coach: Bob Pruett 1st
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach: Mike Groh 7th
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach: Steve Bernstein 2nd
Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Bob Diaco 2nd
Defensive Assistant Coach/Assistant Defensive Line Coach Lervern Belin 2nd
Wide Receivers Coach: Wayne Lineburg 1st
Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely 2nd
Asst. Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Coach Anthony Poindexter 4th
Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Bob Price 10th
Graduate Assistant Offense Jim Jones 1st
Graduate Assistant Defense Vincent Brown 1st
Head Strength Coach Matt Balis 1st
Director of Football Video Operations Luke Goldstein 6th

Players

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Game notes

USC

The No. 3 ranked Trojans scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to beat the Cavaliers to win the first game of the season. USC quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for 338 yards, CJ Gable ran for 73 yards, and Ronald Johnson had 78 yards in receiving. The second half was all USC, with UVA turning over the ball three times.

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 21 3 14 14 52
Virginia 7 0 0 0 7


Richmond

1 2 3 4 Total
Richmond 0 0 0 0 0
Virginia 3 0 0 13 16


Connecticut

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 0 0 3 7 10
Connecticut 7 21 14 3 45


Duke

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 3 0 0 0 3
Duke 0 3 14 14 31


Maryland

1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 0 0 0 0 0
Virginia 7 14 10 0 31


East Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 6 0 7 7 20
Virginia 7 21 0 7 35


North Carolina

1 2 3 4 OT Total
North Carolina 7 0 0 3 3 13
Virginia 0 0 3 7 6 16


Georgia Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 3 7 7 7 24
Georgia Tech 14 0 0 3 17

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Miami

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Miami 7 3 0 7 7 24
Virginia 10 7 0 0 0 17


Wake Forest

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 0
Wake Forest 0


Clemson

1 2 3 4 Total
Clemson 0
Virginia 0


Virginia Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 0
Virginia Tech 0


Rankings

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP
Coaches
Harris Not released
BCS Not released

Statistics

Team

Team Opp
Scoring    
  Points per Game    
First Downs    
  Rushing    
  Passing    
  Penalty    
Total Offense    
  Avg per Play    
  Avg per Game    
Fumbles-Lost    
Penalties-Yards    
  Avg per Game    
Team Opp
Punts-Yards    
  Avg per Punt    
Time of Possession/Game    
3rd Down Conversions    
4th Down Conversions    
Touchdowns Scored    
Field Goals-Attempts-Long    
PAT-Attempts    
Attendance    
  Games/Avg per Game    

Scores by quarter

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 0
Opponents 0

Offense

Rushing

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total                  
Opponents                  

Passing

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Total                  
Opponents                  

Receiving

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total                  
Opponents                  

Defense

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

References

  1. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2008-01-18). "U-Va.'s Sewell Not Enrolled For the Spring". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/17/AR2008011702761.html. 
  2. ^ "UVA football player arrested". WSLS. 2008-03-03. http://www.wsls.com/sls/sports/college/college_football/article/uva_football_player_arrested/6688/. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  3. ^ Hudtloff, Marty. "Fitzgerald Leaves University of Virginia". NBC-29. http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.asp?s=7929878. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  4. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2008-08-04). "Five Questions for Virginia". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/03/AR2008080301703.html. 
  5. ^ White, Jeff (2008-07-24). "U.Va. QB Lalich charged with alcohol possession". http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-07-24-0189.html. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  6. ^ McKenzie, Bryan (2008-09-05). "More charges for UVa’s Lalich". Daily Progress. http://www.dailyprogress.com/cdp/sports/cavalier_insider/ci_football/article/more_charges_for_uvas_lalich/27361/. 
  7. ^ Doughty, Doug (2008-09-10). "UVa QB Lalich won't play Saturday". Roanoke Times. http://www.roanoke.com/sports/breaking/wb/176395. 
  8. ^ "UVa dismisses Lalich from team". Daily Press. 2008-09-18. http://www.dailypress.com/sports/spt_lalich_0919,0,7961835.story. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  9. ^ "UVA QB Lalich off the team". ESPN. 2008-09-18. http://myespn.go.com/blogs/acc/0-2-161/UVA-QB-Lalich-off-the-team.html. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  10. ^ White, Jeff (2008-09-18). "U.Va. football team dismisses QB Lalich". http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/sports.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-09-18-0231.html. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Football - 2008 Schedule / Scores". VirginiaSports.com. http://www.virginiasports.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=88792&SPID=10606&DB_OEM_ID=17800&Q_SEASON=2008. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Game Summary - Connecticut vs. Virginia Game Date: 09/13/08". NCAA. 2008-09-14. http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/worksheet.jsp?year=2008&game=200800000016420080913.xml. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  13. ^ "Virginia Upsets #18 Georgia Tech". WCAV-TV. 2008-10-25. http://www.charlottesvillenewsplex.tv/sports/headlines/33311989.html. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 

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