Scores

Final

William & Mary 26

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Virginia 14

(0-1, 0-1 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA

1 2 3 4 T
W&M 7 6 3 1026
UVA 7 7 0 014

Top Performers

Passing: R. Archer (W&M) - 184 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: V. Hall (UVA) - 8 CAR, 54 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Moody (W&M) - 3 REC, 70 YDS

William & Mary forces seven turnovers as Virginia's offense falls flat

Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- B.W. Webb had three interceptions and William & Mary shut down Virginia's new spread offense in a 26-14 win on Saturday.

The Tribe forced seven turnovers and Webb returned his last interception for a 50-yard touchdown with 2:39 left in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers used all three of their quarterbacks, trying to get something going, but none were effective.

Fast Facts

• William & Mary shocked Virginia for its first win vs. an FBS opponent since 1998 (defeated Temple 45-38) and first win vs. an ACC team since 1986, when it beat Virginia 41-37.

• The Tribe improved to 1-0 for the first time since 2001.

• It was the first win by an FCS school over a team in a BCS automatic-qualifying conference since 2007, when Appalachian State beat Michigan and Northern Iowa beat Iowa State.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The best quarterback on the field, it seemed, was R.J. Archer. The redshirt senior who grew up near Charlottesville and was a regular in the stands at Scott Stadium threw for 184 yards and made only one mistake -- a fourth-quarter interception that Virginia did not capitalize on.

The loss was Virginia's first to a Football Championship Subdivision school since 1986, when it lost 41-37 to the Tribe. William & Mary last beat an I-A school in 1998 (Temple).

Archer completed 23 of 45 passes despite twice overthrowing his receivers who were well behind the secondary and came up just short. He also rushed for 46 yards on nine carries.

The Tribe, which got four field goals (in six attempts) from Brian Pate, finished with a 309-269 total offense advantage after a start that made it seem like a rout was in order.

The Cavaliers and Hall made it look easy early. Hall completed a 3-yard pass on Virginia's first play from scrimmage, and ran 34 yards untouched for a TD on the third.

Only 2:45 was off the clock, and the crowd at Scott Stadium was delirious.

But the Tribe tied it on Archer's 5-yard pass to Rob Varno, and Virginia's only other highlight was a brilliant drive on which Sewell completed all five of his passes for 45 yards and carried four time for 35 yards, the last 26 on three straight attempts.

That made it 14-7, and it was all Tribe thereafter.

The Tribe attempted five field goals in the second quarter alone. Pate had one blocked, had another hit an upright and a third sail wide left, but he made a 40-yarder with 3:21 left in the half and a 26-yarder on the final play of the half to make it 14-13.

His 20-yarder after Hall's muff gave William & Mary the lead with 5:35 left in the third quarter, and he made a 24-yarder with 3:50 remaining after Verica's fumble on a run.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
W&M
UVA
1st Downs1512
Total Yards309268
Passing184137
Rushing125131
Penalties12-1008-75
3rd Down Conversions5-205-17
4th Down Conversions0-00-2
Turnovers17
Possession35:3624:24

Passing Leaders

William & MaryC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Archer23/441844.211
VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sewell9/17804.703

Rushing Leaders

William & MaryCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grimes19462.409
Archer9465.1023
VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hall8546.8134
Sewell13403.1111

Receiving Leaders

William & MaryRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moody37023.3048
McAulay55110.2027
VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Burd5469.2025
Simpson6284.7011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERW&MUVA
TD12:15Vic Hall 34 Yd Run (Robert Randolph Kick) 07
TD04:57Rob Varno 5 Yd Pass From R.J. Archer (Brian Pate Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERW&MUVA
TD07:29Jameel Sewell 8 Yd Run (Robert Randolph Kick) 714
FG03:21Brian Pate 40 Yd 1014
FG00:00Brian Pate 26 Yd 1314
THIRD QUARTERW&MUVA
FG05:35Brian Pate 20 Yd 1614
FOURTH QUARTERW&MUVA
FG03:50Brian Pate 24 Yd 1914
TD02:39B.W. Webb 50 Yd Interception Return (Brian Pate Kick) 2614