At the half, it's Virginia 17, Auburn 28. Virginia came out strong in the first quarter but appeared to lose a steam as the half progressed. While outgaining Auburn 145 to 37 yards in the first quarter, the Tigers seemed to find a way to make things click in the second quarter, outgaining the Hoos 237-150.
Here are a few quick hits from the first half:
Though one of the most penalized teams last year, Virginia has yet to be called for a foul here in the first half, while Auburn has been tagged for 3 penalties, including two back-to-back 15-yard unnecessary roughness to keep Virginia's drive alive, eventually leading to a Cavalier touchdown.
Virginia's special teams are underperforming. Auburn was able to block a punt at the 4:33 mark of the first quarter, giving the Tigers the ball at the Virginia 15-yard line. Two plays, 31 seconds and 15 yards later and the scoreboard was locked up again at seven a piece. Virginia also failed to recover an Auburn onside kick, despite special teams coach Anthony Poindexter alerting the players of this.
The Cavalier defense was simply unable to cover the short run in Auburn's final drive of the half, giving up 88 yards in 9 plays. If Virginia can't adjust this in the second half, Auburn is going to run all over the Hoos.
The Michael Rocco to Kris Burd connection has worked twice so far for touchdowns. Almost a third time, even.
Time of possession: UVA 18:08, Auburn 11:52, which does not tell the whole story given Virginia's mistakes in their own territory.
Keep posted here and on Twitter throughout the second half, and Go HOOS!