The Cavaliers (1-2), who face Wake Woodland Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C., had been outscored 34-Zero right through the 1st quarter this season. They fell in the back of 14-Zero within the first quarter in their most up-to-date loss, 38-21 to North Carolina State in Charlottesville that dropped them to 10th position within the ACC.
“That’s peculiar for groups I’ve coached, however we’re profitable the second one and fourth quarters,” Mendenhall mentioned. “And so what’s taking place, for no matter reason why — and we began to deal with it final week in observe, that was once more or less a concept, nevertheless it stored going — is we’re taking part in with extra urgency and extra focal point when we’re in the back of.
“It will possibly’t take us to be in the back of to play with that urgency and focal point. Unquestionably we’re demonstrating the aptitude as a result of we’re doing so in the second one and fourth quarters. The most important discrepancy is in quarter one.”
Mendenhall recommended transitioning to a brand new quarterback may well be in part responsible for the first-quarter scoring problems. Brennan Armstrong, a left-handed sophomore, has began the 1st 3 video games this season, taking up for record-setting Bryce Perkins.
Armstrong (6 for nine, 57 yards, two interceptions) exited the sport for just right towards the Wolfpack in the second one quarter with a concussion and is unsure for this weekend, leaving Lindell Stone to paintings with the 1st crew forward of Virginia’s 5th assembly towards the Demon Deacons (1-2) in 17 years.
Mendenhall declared Armstrong daily whilst within the concussion protocol, including he expects protection Joey Blount and large receiver-kick returner Tavares Kelly Jr., each harm towards North Carolina State, to play.
Stone, a junior, finished 30 of 54 passes for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns, all occupation single-game highs, in simply his 5th look with the Cavaliers and the 1st that didn’t come within the fourth quarter. He additionally threw one interception that was once run again 18 yards for a landing.
“Lindell didn’t have many observe reps in any respect with our offense,” Mendenhall mentioned. “He was once truly running with our protection and serving to us in that regard, and simply that he got here in and was once efficient and moved the soccer crew, I used to be inspired through that.”
It’s unclear how a lot Virginia’s sport plan will likely be changed with Stone directing the offense. At 6 toes, 240 kilos, he’s higher suited as a drop-back passer, consistent with Mendenhall, as in comparison to Armstrong, who has run smartly from time to time this season.
The Cavaliers threw 64 instances towards North Carolina State, through a ways their maximum cross makes an attempt in a sport this season, even supposing Mendenhall attributed that during phase to seeking to erase a big deficit.
“Numerous what we noticed of Lindell was once situational,” Virginia offensive coordinator Robert Anae mentioned. “Now that he’s our beginning quarterback, we additionally imagine there are issues he does smartly, so we need to get started there. We additionally imagine there are issues we will be able to do operating the soccer.”
The Cavaliers had approved landing drives of 50 and 58 yards by the point Stone entered the sport in aid of Armstrong, who absorbed a blow to the helmet from Wolfpack protection Tanner Ingle whilst sliding on the finish of a run. Officers disqualified Ingle for focused on at the play.
Whilst scoring first has been some extent of emphasis this week for Virginia, it takes on further significance given how that statistic has impacted the collection towards Wake Woodland that dates from 1889.
Since 1982 over 26 video games between the universities, the winner has scored first 19 instances. The Cavaliers received 16 of the ones video games when scoring first and feature scored on their first ownership 10 instances towards Wake Woodland since 1987. Virginia received the 1st 9 of the ones video games in a row.
Virginia has misplaced 3 instantly general within the collection, maximum not too long ago in 2016, 27-20, at the highway in the one sport Mendenhall has coached towards the Demon Deacons. The streak suits Wake Woodland’s list for many consecutive wins towards the Cavaliers.
“I imply that’s unquestionably one thing we’re running on,” Virginia left take on Ryan Nelson mentioned. “And we’ll most certainly make adjustments in our observe and feature a greater emphasis on beginning speedy right through observe. On occasion issues occur in video games, and we simply have to evolve sooner to it, and we’ll unquestionably do higher.”