Hagans in Good Company
In his first season as Virginia's starting quarterback, junior Marques Hagans has played remarkably well in his first four games. Hagans has completed 76.1 percent of his passes, best in the nation, and his quarterback rating of 182.93 trails only Purdue's Kyle Orton (194.1), California's Aaron Rodgers (190.3) and Toledo's Bruce Gradkowski (185.6). Hagans has showed the ability to make quick decisions, as he has been sacked only once.
Honoring Coach Welsh
Former Virginia and Navy coach George Welsh will be honored during halftime of tonight's game. Welsh, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in April, turned around a Virginia program that had only two winning seasons in 29 years when he arrived in Charlottesville in 1982. By his third season, Welsh guided the Cavs to an 8-2-2 record, including a 27-24 win over Purdue in the 1984 Peach Bowl, the school's first bowl victory. Welsh retired in 2000 with a 134-86-3 record in 19 seasons at Virginia, and 189-131-4 in 24 seasons overall.
Scoring at Will
Virginia tailback Wali Lundy, right, has scored 10 touchdowns this season, and his average of 15 points per game is tied with Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield for the national lead. Lundy needs 10 more rushing touchdowns to tie Thomas Jones's school record of 36 and six more touchdowns to tie Jones's record of 40 overall. Also, Lundy needs 53 rushing yards to break into the school's top 10 rushers.
Look for the Cavaliers to throw a plethora of defensive looks at Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, who has thrown 10 interceptions and lost three fumbles in four games this season. Whitehurst, a junior and preseason all-American candidate, has committed nine of those turnovers in the past two games. With Clemson struggling to run the ball, defenses have dropped into two-deep coverages and dropped middle linebackers into the middle of the field to take away short and intermediate routes. Whitehurst has grown increasingly impatient and his receivers are struggling to get open.
Home Away From Home
The Tigers have won 15 of their last 19 games at Virginia, but the Cavaliers have won their last six home games, including three games this year. Virginia has won 14 of its last 15 games at Scott Stadium, losing only to Florida State, 19-14, last season.