With Saturday's dramatic 45-40 victory over BYU serving as the anomaly, Virginia's weekend expedition westward was a bit rockier than expected. Following the late night heroics, the team bus was without escort, delaying the squad's arrival at the airport until nearly 1 a.m.
Exactly how much of a time differential is there between Charlottesville and Provo? Is it two hours, like the map says, or was I thrown into some alternate, bizarre dimension where everything is thrown into chaos? After catching up on all the wackiness that went down in the world of sports this weekend while I was in Utah, I'm beginning to subscribe to the latter idea. We'll begin close to home with our own football team.
It's not how you start; it's how you finish, right? Well, maybe. After suffering a 3-2 overtime loss yesterday to in-state rival Old Dominion, the Virginia field hockey team was left wondering whether their lackluster performance in the first half was the deciding factor in a hard-fought physical defeat. The Monarchs took advantage of the slow start to jump to a 2-0 lead.
PROVO, UTAH-You are Jerton Evans and you just intercepted a pass from Heisman Trophy candidate Kevin Feterik to preserve a 45-40 win.
PROVO, UTAH-Thomas Jones rushed for a career high 210 yards and Jerton Evans snagged two interceptions, including one on then-No.
In what looked like a massacre on paper, the Virginia men's soccer team just barely escaped Klockner Stadium with a 2-1 victory over Virginia Tech last night. Tech "is a better team than we thought they were," Cav coach George Gelnovatch said.
Casey Crawford did not get to contribute to Saturday's 35-7 win against Wake Forest, but the Virginia tight end got some good news yesterday. Crawford has not played this season because of the hernia surgery he had this summer, but he was one of 11 Division I-A football players to be named to the 1999 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.
The relationship between athletes and the media is a vexing one, a bond that continues to baffle me to this very day.
Robbie Bosco knows all too well what it feels like to be Kevin Feterik - to live every second of every Saturday in a pressure cooker. That's because Bosco, a former Brigham Young quarterback who led the Cougars to the national championship in 1984, was in Feterik's position, right under center, 11 years before Feterik arrived in Provo, Utah. So that may explain why, instead of advertising his protégé like a garage sale, Bosco, who now coaches the BYU signal callers, pulled his prodigy aside for a stern dose of reality.
Sitting on the brick wall surrounding the interior of Scott Stadium, I watched George Welsh's post-game press conference. I nearly took a great fall. After witnessing Virginia's win over Wake, I expected the usual we-need-to-do-better jargon from Welsh.
Two of the U.Va. football team's finest starters, tailback Thomas Jones and defensive lineman Yubrenal Isabelle, were named ACC Players of the Week for their respective positions after Virginia's 35-7 rout of Wake Forest Saturday. Jones, a 5-10, 207-pound fourth year from Big Stone Gap, Va., led a formidable offensive attack for Virginia, rushing for 164 yards and posting three touchdowns - a personal career high - including touchdown runs from 15 and 12 yards out.