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Spread: UCON -4
M/L: UCON -185, VIR +160
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The Virginia Cavaliers are 0-2 after falling 37-20 to Richmond in Week 1 and 44-26 to Oregon in Week 2. In the Week 2 loss, QB Kurt Benkert threw 20 of 39 for 193 yards and two TDs, but he had two interceptions and averaged just 4.9 yards per attempt.
Benkert also struggled to rush the football, coming up -27 yards on nine attempts. The Cavaliers did rush for 193 yards as a team, with Albert Reid accounting for 126 of that on 15 carries with one of Virginia’s two rushing TDs. Oregon went fairly ballistic on Virginia’s defense, passing for 331 yards and rushing for 301.
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Benkert has been good at times this season, but the overall picture is mediocre at best. He had a pick in Week 1, too, giving him three on the season and a per-pass average of just 6.26 yards per attempt. His best two targets have been Olamide Zaccheaus and Doni Dowling. Both have caught eight passes on the year, and each have a TD to their name. Keeon Johnson leads the team in total receptions with 11, and he also has two TDs on the year.
Reid has been a workhorse in the backfield with 21 carries for 154 yards over the first two games. Taquan Mizzell also has rushed for 55 yards, but it has taken him 17 carries with just a 3.2 yard per attempt average. Kicker Dylan Sims has yet to attempt a field goal and has already missed 1 of his 5 extra point attempts.
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UConn lost 28-24 to Navy in Week 2 after having knocked off Maine in Week 1. The 1-1 Huskies rallied after trailing 21-7 at the half. Bryant Shirreffs threw 23 of 26 for 239 yards and a TD. He also rushed another 32 yards on 13 carries, as UConn managed just 90 rushing yards a a team. Ron Johnson rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries, and Arkeel Newsmen was ineffective with just 13 yards on nine carries.
Shirreffs has thrown for 401 yards on the season at a 79.6 percent completion ratio with a TD. His passer rating is 155.1, and his top passing target is Noel Thomas. Thomas has 20 catches through two games for a total of 186 yards and a TD, the result of a 34-yard pass play. Hergy Mayala has caught five passes for 68 yards.
Huskies kicker Bobby Puyol is 2 of 2 on field goals and 6 of 6 on extra points. His long field goal so far of the two was 38-yards.
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