By Jed Williams
September 20, 1999
George Welsh's Cavaliers entered Saturday's home opener with Wake Forest looking more like a horde of sick children than a football team -- a defense devastated by injury, a secondary burned alive against Clemson and a passing offense unable to strike down the field.
But the Cav coach, who has confronted more than his fair share of adversity in his 18 years in Charlottesville, managed to dig deep enough into the medicine chest and unearth the solution to all Cavalier ills: Thomas Jones.
In front of the record-breaking crowd of 50,000 at the revamped Scott Stadium, Jones did his best Heisman pose -- juking, sliding, cutting and steamrolling his way to 164 rushing yards and three scores in a 35-7 Cavalier triumph.