Observations From Scott Stadium As Virginia Wins Opener

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Virginia won its opener 43-0.
Ronnie Walker Jr. slides through an opening created by Chris Glaser and Olu Oluwatimi to score a touchdown. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/TheSabre.com

The Virginia football team took care of business Saturday as it slammed William & Mary, 43-0, at Scott Stadium. UVA quarterback Brennan Armstrong called “a good little icebreaker” and that seems like a good description. It wasn’t a flawless effort, but it certainly qualified as a mostly clean and convincing opener.

Among the notable parts of the outcome:

  • The Hoos scored the most points in a season opener under Bronco Mendenhall, surpassing the 42 scored against Richmond in 2018.
  • The offense piled up 500+ yards of total offense for the third straight home game. After 518 against Abilene Christian and 549 against Boston College to close out at home last season, the Cavaliers cranked out 545 more yards on Saturday.
  • The defense pitched a shutout in a season opener for the first time since 2003 when that year’s team won 27-0 against Duke.
  • Those things combined gave the Wahoos their largest margin of victory in the Mendenhall era to date.

All in all, that’s a good night. Here are some field level observations from the win.

Brennan Armstrong’s Opener

Armstrong put up big numbers with 339 yards passing with 21 completions on