The mist has progressively dissipated in Charlottesville, unlike the Tribe offense which has yet to appear.
Virginia held William and Mary to just four first downs and 68 yards on 22 plays in the first half of action.
Eli Hanback was solid and Malcolm Cook made his first career sack. Andrew Brown’s name was not called, but the big two of Micah Kiser and Quin Blanding combined for 9 tackles.
Offensively the ‘Hoos thrived on big plays including a spectacular 34 yard dime of a touchdown pass from Kurt Benkert to Andre Levrone on 4th and 9. Daniel Ham added a 16 yard scamper and Doni Dowling had a 14 yard reception that added to the explosive play category for UVA.
Unfortunately the kicking woes from last season seem to be a problem again this year. Freshman AJ Mejia missed a 42 yarder that wouldn’t have hit from 32. Plus, Virginia only accumulated 14 points on 216 yards of offense.
The Tribe will likely start another QB to begin this half. Tommy McKee wasn’t asked to do much but also didn’t accomplish anything. He was 3 for 5 with just 14 yards in the air. Meanwhile, he served as the team’s punter and booted 5 punts for 173 yards. Not a good combination of stats if you are a W&M fan.