Cavaliers Report: UVa tries to rebound from tough loss


Cavaliers Report: UVa tries to rebound from tough loss

Check back every Wednesday for the Cavaliers Report to get all the biggest Virginia headlines for each week, a recap of last week's game and a look ahead at next week's contest.

Virginia 0-2, (0-0) in the ACC

In the news

Severin recognized by ACC: Canaan Severin was named the ACC Receiver of the Week for Week 2 after his phenomenal performance against Notre Dame. Severin caught 11 passes for 153 yards, both career-highs. He currently leads the ACC in receptions and receiving yards and is the only ACC receiver currently averaging over 100 yards per game with 105.5.

Kicking it in Charlottesville: Virginia received a commitment from place kicker Holland Corbett on Sunday which should come as no surprise for those who have been following his recruitment.

Corbett grew up a UVa fan in central Virginia and was recruited for a walk-on spot with the Cavaliers. Now with Corbett receiving interest from other schools, Virginia elected to offer him a scholarship which he accepted. He currently is attending Fork Union Military Academy and will join the Cavaliers next season.

Ian Frye, the team's current kicker, is a senior leaving a clear opening for Corbett to start next season.

Fashion update: Virginia will wear throwback uniforms this Saturday modeled after the uniform worn by the team in 1968. They feature orange helmets with a blue V against a white background, blue jerseys and white pants with a blue and orange stripe on the side.

These are the same uniforms the team wore last season against Kent State. 

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Last week's game: 34-27 loss to Notre Dame

See the 5 takeaways from this game here.

Virginia fans likely don't want to go back over what happened in this game, so here's the abbreviated version: the Cavaliers had a top 10 team on the ropes, Notre Dame lost starting quarterback Malik Zaire to a fractured ankle and backup quarterback DeShone Kizer somehow managed to lead the Irish to the game-winning touchdown with only 12 seconds remaining.

It was a rough day in Charlottesville, but there were a lot of positives.

The offense looked better than in years as they were forced out of their one-dimensional run, run, run mentality. When asked Monday about using more creativity on offense, Mike London said, "We wanted to be able to be more productive on offense, not be predictable, do some things that not only could affect the way they were playing the run, but also the coverages."

The running game opened up after the Hoos established a pass attack. As mentioned above, Severin was fantastic and offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild was able to to get him open by lining him up at different places on the field.

A week after getting torched by Josh Rosen and UCLA, the Virginia defense really stepped up against Notre Dame who struggled to establish any sort of consistency. For the game, the Irish were 0 for 10 on third down conversions.

It was perhaps Virginia's best performance in the past three seasons and they still came up just short. The question now is whether they can build on what they did well against the Irish or if this loss will hang over their heads for the remainder of the season.

Next game vs. William & Mary, Sat. 3:30 p.m. ET


After playing two ranked teams to start the season, an FCS opponent should be a welcome relief for Virginia provided they come out Saturday ready to play.

William & Mary is not a pushover FCS program. They actually beat Virginia in 2009 in what would become Al Groh's final year as head coach in Charlottesville. Jimmye Laycock has been the head coach of W&M since 1980 and has led the Tribe to the playoffs (yes, the FCS has playoffs) nine times. He has 232 wins in his career at a school with very stringent academic standards. That's hard to do.

The Tribe runs a balanced offense led by junior quarterback Steve Cluley. Running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor is likely the team's biggest weapon. The senior running back ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the team's opening win against Lafayette.

William & Mary is not going to win a national title this year, but they are good enough to pick off a team like Virginia if the Cavaliers look past this game. The key question for Virginia is whether they will come out ready to erase the memory of last week's loss or if it still lingers in their minds.

One thing to watch for is if the offense regresses after last week's performance. Fairchild wants to run between the tackles over and over again. Last week, he smartly abandoned that because Virginia does not have the personnel to do that successfully against a team like Notre Dame. They can, however, against W&M and that's a terrible idea.

They may have lost to Notre Dame, but that game was a blueprint for how the Cavs can be successful with a balanced offense. Virginia is going to play a lot of teams that can stuff the run this season. They need to build on last week's success rather than regress into bad habits.

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors


Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll

After four of the top eight teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll had a new look behind No. 1 Alabama, with Ohio State reaching No. 2, LSU jumping back to No. 5 and Michigan moving into the top 10 for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide received all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday, with Ohio State receiving the other. No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame also moved up a spot. LSU jumped eight after handing Georgia its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs slipped from No. 2 to No. 8.

No. 6 Michigan has its best ranking of the season after blowing out Wisconsin and Texas is up two spots to No. 7.

No. 9 Oklahoma moved back into the top 10 while it was idle and Central Florida remained No. 10.


1. Alabama 7-0 (60 first-place votes, no change from last week)

2. Ohio State 7-0 (1 first-place vote, No. 3 last week)

3. Clemson 6-0 (No. 4 last week)

4. Notre Dame 7-0 (No. 5 last week)

5. LSU 6-1 (No. 13 last week)

6. Michigan 6-1 (No. 12 last week)

7. Texas 6-1 (No. 9 last week)

8. Georgia 6-1 (No. 2 last week)

9. Oklahoma 5-1 (No. 11 last week)

10. UCF 6-0 (No change from last week)

11. Florida 6-1 (No. 14 last week)

12. Oregon 5-1 (No. 17 last week)

13. West Virginia 5-1 (No. 6 last week)

14. Kentucky 5-1 (No. 18 last week)

15. Washington 5-2 (No. 7 last week)

16. NC State 5-0 (No. 20 last week)

17. Texas A&M 5-2 (No. 22 last week)

18. Penn State 4-2 (No. 8 last week)

19. Iowa 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

20. Cincinnati 6-0 (No. 25 last week)

21. South Florida 6-0 (No. 23 last week)

22. Mississippi State 4-2 (No. 24 last week)

23. Wisconsin 4-2 (No. 15 last week)

24. Michigan State 4-2 (Not ranked last week)

25. Washington State 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

Virginia and Maryland are among those that received votes, with each team getting two apiece.


Eight ranked teams overall lost Saturday, including three previously unbeaten teams. Joining Georgia among the previously undefeated on Saturday were West Virginia and Colorado.


All the losses up and down the rankings meant plenty of movement. Joining LSU and Michigan as teams that gained at least four spots were:

-- No. 12 Oregon jumped five after beating Washington in overtime. The Ducks have their best ranking since September 2015.

-- No. 17 Texas A&M moved up five after edging South Carolina on the road.

-- It was a good week to be idle and watch teams plummet. No. 14 Kentucky and No. 16 North Carolina State each gained four spots in an idle week, and No. 20 Cincinnati moved up five.


-- No. 13 West Virginia lost at Iowa State and fell seven spots after reaching a season high last week.

-- No. 15 Washington dropped eight spots after losing at Oregon.

-- No. 18 Penn State's second straight close home loss, this time to Michigan State, dropped the Nittany Lions 10 spots.

-- No. 23 Wisconsin, which started the season ranked fourth, dropped eight spots after its second loss.


-- Colorado reached No. 19, racking up wins against a weak schedule, but USC manhandled the Buffaloes in Los Angeles and now they are unranked.

-- Miami, which started the season at No. 8, is out altogether after losing at Virginia.

-- Auburn, which started the season ninth, is out and no longer receiving votes after getting beat at home by Tennessee and falling to 4-3.


-- Iowa surged into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 19.

-- No. 24 Michigan State is back in after a week out.

-- No. 25 Washington State moved in just in time to host ESPN's "College GameDay" for the first time ever with Oregon coming to town. Getting to Pullman, Washington, is notable for the show because for years it has been followed around by Wazzu fans waving the `Ol Crimson school flag.


A week after the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the poll, the SEC lost one and the Big Ten gained two. The ACC has only two ranked team for the first time since Oct. 4, 2015, when Clemson was No. 6 and Florida State was No. 12. The Tigers played for in the national championship game that season.

SEC -- 7 teams (1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 23).

Big Ten -- 6 (2, 6, 18, 19, 22, 24).

American -- 3 (10, 20, 21).

Big 12 -- 3 (7, 9, 13).

Pac-12 -- 3 (12, 15, 25).

ACC -- 2 (3, 16).

Independent -- 1 (4).


No. 16 North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson. The ACC's only ranked and unbeaten teams meet in a game that will likely go a long way toward settling the Atlantic Division.

No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU. This will be the fourth ranked team the Tigers have faced -- though two (Miami and Auburn) are no longer.

No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State. Another chance for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines to flipped the narrative.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State. The Ducks look to make it an Evergreen State sweep.