The next significant milestone for Virginia to reach under second-year Coach Mike London is earning a win on the road. The Cavaliers have not won a road game since Oct. 2009 – a stretch of seven contests – but they’ll have an opportunity to halt that skid Saturday in their road opener at Indiana.
The Hoosiers are coming off a 27-20 loss to Ball State in their season debut last week, but their operate a frenzied pistol offense that will give Virginia a unique look. The Cavaliers, by the way, have not won their first road game of a season since 2005 when they claimed a 27-24 victory at Syracuse.
The last time these two teams met on the gridiron – on Oct. 10, 2009 in Charlottesville – Virginia won, 47-7. Mikell Simpson rushed for four touchdowns that day. It would bode well for the Cavaliers’s ground attack to have similar success today. Indiana gave up 210 rushing yards to Ball State last week.
One match-up to watch: Senior cornerback Chase Minnifield vs. Indiana senior wide Damarlo Belcher. Minnifield was a first-team all-ACC selection last season, but Belcher – who earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors in 2010 – is taller than Minnifield by about a half a foot.
Certainly, this won’t be the first tall wideout Minnifield has covered in his collegiate career, but Belcher has decent credentials. He entered the season ranked No. 3 on Indiana’s all-time receptions (164) and No. 6 with 1,939 receiving yards. Belcher hauled in four catches for 101 yards and a touchdown last week against Ball State.