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10.01.06: Cavs blast Duke 37-0 in Durham ... Vols deal Memphis a resounding defeat ... Pirate women's cross country wins meet
09.30.06: Wave home after record road trip ... NIT selection committee adds two ... ECU women's golf gets underway
09.29.06: NCAA graduation rate inches higher ... ECU tennis alumni will hold Oct. 7 reunion ... Tulane's return home to be televised
09.28.06: ECU rolls out Mini Pack deal on football tickets ... O'Leary cites mistakes in loss to Southern Miss ... Finances major factor in Bunting's status
09.27.06: Struggling Cavaliers face winless Duke ... Upon further review: Review unwarranted ... ECU netters get singles wins in Port City
09.26.06: ECU diamond slate loaded with home games ... East Carolina 2007 Baseball Schedule ... Rice's Lloyd collapses at workout, dies ... Golden Knights-Golden Eagles collision on TV ... C-USA announces football players of week ... ECU gets tie in women's soccer
09.25.06: O'Brien: Buckeyes, Auburn, USC, WVU tops ... Ohio State, Southern Cal lead Harris BCS poll ... Blazers topped in OT for Bulldogs' first win ... Tulsa edges Navy on blocked kick ... UTEP tops East Carolina 3-0 in volleyball
09.24.06: Clemson recognizes 1981 national champs ... Ref gets assignment involving Stoops family ... ECU volleyball falls at Tulane, hosts UTEP
09.23.06: ACC football struggling despite expansion ... Cavs may have found their quarterback ... Southern Miss freshman setting records
09.22.06: Pirate baseball announces fall scrimmages ... Tulane football in ESPN spotlight today ... Southern Miss AD will chair NCAA group
09.21.06: Holland addresses crowd behavior ... WVU game at center of Pirate Club weekend ... AFCA cuts ties with Hula Bowl
09.20.06: Bad officiating costs Oklahoma against Oregon ... ECU women's hoops will travel to Cancun ... Pirate volleyball a shutout winner over A&T
09.19.06: Memphis ousts defensive coordinator Dunn ... ECU's Kasey Ross earns
C-USA weekly honor ... Sept. TV calendar filling up for
C-USA teams
09.18.06: Mountaineers have some things to work on ... New Jersey will test prep players for steroids ... ECU women's soccer falls 1-0 to Penn
09.17.06: Knife trouble nothing new at Northern Colorado ... South Carolina QB will rejoin team ... Pirate volleyball sweeps Grambling State
09.16.06: Yahoo report says Bush accepted benefits ... Pirate volleyball gets fourth shutout ... ECU women's soccer edged by Seahawks
09.15.06: Amato post-Akron comments fueling reactions ... Stabbed N. Colorado punter watches team ... Pirate volleyball topped by Herd
09.14.06: NFL rosters filled with C-USA alums ... Southern Miss coach Bower calls Pack "scary" ... Rice goalkeeper McClintock gets national honor
09.13.06: Pirate punter Dougherty on Guy watch list ... ECU golfers finish ninth at Mid Pines ... East Carolina sweeps Campbell in volleyball
09.12.06: WVU, Pirates to be shown on ESPN 2 ... UAB's Felder honored for game- saving strip ... C-USA volleyball accolade for Pirates' Krug
09.11.06: Buckeye cheerleader drinks, drives, hits veep ... Houston's Kolb sets school mark in rout ... Krug sets ECU volleyball assists mark
09.10.06: Aundrae Allison on Biletnikoff watch list ... SEC's artificial noise penalties reinstated ... ECU volleyball falls to North Florida
09.09.06: UAB focuses on covering Aundrae Allison ... Ga. Southern mourns death of Erk Russell ... Shelby named to ECU women's hoops staff
09.08.06: NCAA's Brand calls for 80 percent grad rate ... ECU women's soccer gets regional ranking ... Soccer Buzz recognizes ECU's Nicole Moore ... Pirates get volleyball sweep over UNCW
09.07.06: Tigers, Pack, Deacs highlight ECU hoops slate ... Record contradicts Tressel's poll vote claim ... Winston- Salem State coach gets extension
09.06.06: Holland featured speaker at power lunch ... College games shorter after rule changes ... Full day in
C-USA includes Pirates vs. Blazers ... C-USA names football players of the week
09.05.06: Holtz discusses loss to Navy, challenge at UAB ... UAB pleased with performance vs. Sooners ... U of L's Bush has surgery for broken leg
09.04.06: Ole Miss survives Memphis in Sunday opener ... Blazers narrowly miss upset bid at Oklahoma ... Early showdown tonight for 'Canes, 'Noles ... Cavaliers turn back Pirates in volleyball final
09.03.06: NCAA president Brand at Elon on Wednesday ... Pirate volleyball 2-0 after topping Georgetown ... National honor for Memphis soccer player
09.02.06: Miners prevail over Aztecs in season opener ... East Carolina has Wright stuff in volleyball ... ECU women's soccer gets another shutout
09.01.06: UAB game off limits to Peterson's Dad ... Tulsa rolls past Stephen F. Austin in opener ... Pirates announce nine women's track signees

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Takeaways, sacks mean good things for UVa


Shackled by an unproductive offense throughout the first four games, Virginia coach Al Groh had hoped the Cavaliers’ defense would make something happen, according to a Charlottesville (VA) Daily Progress report.

His team must have finally gotten on the same wavelength. How do three interceptions, eight sacks and two fumble recoveries sound?

Pretty good if you’re a Wahoo celebrating a 37-0 defeat of winless Duke, the first shutout by a UVa team since a whitewash against Maryland in late 2004.

“I don’t think we, whatever the circumstances over the years, have had an effort like that in terms of takeaways and what those takeaways became,” said Groh, whose Cavaliers are 17-5 in games in which they have created at least three turnovers during his six seasons. “[Virginia’s defense] was very aggressive. They really matched everything well that we have practiced against, and [our] preparation really showed in terms of some of the sacks that we got.”

The sack total was the most by a Virginia defense in 10 years. Groh’s teams are 21-4 when getting at least three sacks in a game.

East Carolina (1-3) will try to avoid turnovers and protect senior quarterback James Pinkney when Virginia (2-3) makes its first visit to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Gators pull even with WVU in Harris BCS poll

From staff reports and a release

This week’s Harris Interactive College Football Poll, the second for the 2006 college football season, shows the Top 25 results compiled from votes submitted by Harris Interactive’s panel of former coaches, players and administrators, and current and former media. The poll is commissioned by the Bowl Championship Series. For this week’s poll, 114 panelists, including Bonesville columnist Denny O'Brien, submitted their top 25 college football team rankings. (Click here to view O'Brien's ballot.)

Oct. 1 Harris Interactive College Football Poll

Rank Team  (1st Place Votes)  Record  Points  Prev
  1. Ohio State        (110)     5-0  2,845      1
  2. Southern Cal        (2)     4-0  2,637      2
  3. Auburn              (1)     5-0  2,626      3
  4. Michigan                    5-0  2,436      5
  5. Florida             (1)     5-0  2,388      6
  5. West Virginia               4-0  2,388      4
  7. Louisville                  4-0  2,093      7
  8. Texas                       4-1  2,041      8
  9. Louisiana State             4-1  1,922     10
 10. Georgia                     5-0  1,784      9
 11. Oregon                      4-0  1,681     13
 12. Notre Dame                  4-1  1,662     12
 13. Tennessee                   4-1  1,427     15
 14. Oklahoma                    3-1  1,292     16
 15. Clemson                     4-1  1,137     19
 16. California                  4-1  1,127     18
 17. Florida State               3-1    870     20
 18. Iowa                        4-1    784     14
 19. Virginia Tech               4-1    769     11
 20. Georgia Tech                4-1    664     NR
 21. Nebraska                    4-1    612     21
 22. Boise State                 5-0    572     22
 23. Missouri                    5-0    427     24
 24. Rutgers                     5-0    313     23
 25. Boston College              4-1    126     25

Number of first place votes in parentheses.

Other teams receiving votes (record in parentheses): Texas Christian (3-1) 117; Texas Tech (4-1) 97; Wisconsin (4-1) 56; Wake Forest (5-0) 47; Penn State (3-2) 25; Washington (4-1) 23; Alabama (3-2) 16; Miami (FL) (2-2) 16; UCLA (3-1) 7; Arkansas (3-1) 6; BYU (3-2) 5; Houston (4-1) 4; Navy (4-1) 4; Pittsburgh (4-1) 2; Arizona State (3-2) 1; Purdue (4-1) 1.

Dropped out of the Top 25: Texas Christian (3-1).

Swofford presented with Homer Rice Award

The Division I-A Athletic Directors' Association has honored ACC commissioner John Swofford as the recipient of the 2006 Homer Rice Award, according to an announcement at

The award is presented annually to an athletic director with a distinguished career who has made a significant impact on the profession and intercollegiate athletics. It is presented in honor of Homer Rice, the founder and first president of the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association. It is the highest award given by the Association.

Swofford was AD at UNC-Chapel Hill prior to moving to the ACC office.

Tulsa win streak continues at ECU's expense

East Carolina's volleyball team fell to host Tulsa 3-0 (30-26, 30-23, 30-12), on Sunday afternoon, according to an ECU athletic media relations release.

The Golden Hurricane extended its winning streak to nine matches, improving to 18-3 on the season and 5-0 in Conference USA play. ECU falls to 10-9 and 1-4.

Stephanie Turner led the Pirates with 10 kills and four digs. Trish Monroe tallied 18 digs in the loss while Heidi Krug notched 33 assists.

East Carolina returns to Minges Coliseum on Friday when it plays Conference USA foe UAB in a 7:00 p.m. match. The Pirates will remain in Greenville for a noon match on Sunday against Memphis.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from electronic services and other sources. Copyright 2006 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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