Cavaliers down Frogs in simulated game

The Skiff, through support from EA Sports, ran a simulation of the TCU vs. Virginia game on NCAA Football 10. This is the result of this week’ simulation.

Senior Horned Frog running back Ryan Christian’s opening kickoff fumble proved to be costly as Virginia never trailed in a 17-14 upset over ranked TCU.

Senior Cavalier running back Mikell Simpson scored on a 31-yard touchdown run with less than five minutes remaining in the first quarter, and UVA never looked back.

The Cavaliers had just three more total yards than the Frogs (319-316), but three turnovers, (two fumbles, one interception) cost the Horned Frogs the game. Junior Horned Frog quarterback Andy Dalton had a 103.8 passer rating and threw for two touchdowns and 123 yards, but his lone interception in the final minutes of the game was too much to overcome.

Senior Horned Frog running back Joseph Turner gained 73 yards on the ground, but junior receiver Bart Johnson, Christian and Dalton combined for -10 rushing yards and two fumbles.

The Cavaliers added three more points off a field goal by sophomore kicker Chris Hinkebein before junior Horned Frog wide receiver Jimmy Young answered on a 13-yard pass from Dalton to bring TCU within three points before the end of the first quarter.

Despite averaging -3.1 yards per carry and netting -28 rush yards on the game, Virginia senior quarterback Jameel Sewell’s 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter were the last points Virginia needed to secure a victory.

Sewell had a 114.0 passer rating and threw for 195 yards and one interception.

Both teams were scoreless in the second half until sophomore Horned Frog tight end Logan Brock scored on a 12-yard pass from Dalton with 4:11 left in the 4th quarter.

Sophomore Horned Frog kicker Ross Evans missed a 52-yard field goal to tie the game with less than a minute remaining.

The Frogs’ defense forced five punts and held the Cavaliers to 2-11 on third-down conversions, but TCU couldn’t capitalize on any of the ensuing possessions and also punted five times.