Virginia Gets An OT Win After Missed Conversion

Virginia quarterback Christian Olsen, above, again was ineffective, and was replaced by Kevin McCabe. The Cavs gained just 206 yards of total offense.
Virginia quarterback Christian Olsen, above, again was ineffective, and was replaced by Kevin McCabe. The Cavs gained just 206 yards of total offense. (By Andrew Shurtleff -- Daily Progress Via Associated Press)

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By Larry O'Dell
Associated Press
Sunday, September 10, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Sept. 9 -- A missed extra point in overtime by Wyoming's Aric Goodman allowed Virginia to escape with a 13-12 victory over the Cowboys on Saturday.

The Cavaliers (1-1) went ahead on the first play of overtime when backup quarterback Kevin McCabe hit Kevin Ogletree for a 25-yard touchdown. Chris Gould added the extra point.

Wyoming (1-1) pulled within one after Jacob Doss threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Chris Sundberg on fourth and one, but Goodman's point-after attempt sailed wide right, and he dropped to his knees and bowed his head as the Cavaliers celebrated.

"Its too bad it had to come down to that," Wyoming Coach Joe Glenn said.

McCabe, who replaced struggling starter Christian Olsen on Virginia's first possession of the fourth quarter, finished 8 of 13 for 85 yards. Ogletree had 10 catches for 95 yards.

The Cavaliers sputtered again, gaining only 206 yards after a 211-yard performance in the season-opening loss to Pittsburgh.

Virginia Coach Al Groh would not say whether McCabe will move ahead of Olsen on the depth chart. Olsen was 12 of 21 for 89 yards and threw one interception.

"We didn't get enough drives going there," Groh said. "We made sure to tell Chris that we weren't down on him, we just thought at that particular time to try to see if something different might work."

Wyoming had 313 yards, but 60 of those came on two fake punts in the first quarter.

John Wendling took the direct snap and ran 29 yards on the first fake, and the same play clicked for 31 yards on fourth and 12 from the Cowboys 15 on their next possession.

Wendling's first run kept alive a 13-play, 73-yard drive that ended with Goodman's 23-yard field goal with 8 minutes 53 seconds left in the first quarter. A 17-yard pass from Doss to Wynel Seldon on third and seven and a 20-yard run by Devin Moore were other big plays in the drive.

Wendling's second long gainer moved Wyoming to its own 46, but the drive ended five plays later when Marcus Hamilton, a senior cornerback, recorded his 11th career interception and returned it 29 yards to the Virginia 33.

Virginia finally scored when Gould kicked a 29-yard field goal with 6:33 left in the second quarter.

Wyoming reached the Virginia 1 on its first possession of the second half, but Seldon fumbled as he tried to leap over the line and Hamilton recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback.

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