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Virginia Football Forces Seven Richmond Turnovers, Final Score 45-13

An already stout defense was able to flex its muscles yesterday as Richmond's Michael Strauss and Michael Rocco had troubles all day long connecting with their receivers.

It was turnover city for the Spiders yesterday.
It was turnover city for the Spiders yesterday.
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The Virginia Cavaliers had a field day yesterday as they routed the Richmond Spiders, 45-13 under a blistering sun. The Hoos' seven takeaways are the most in a single game since Virginia did the same in 2002 to South Carolina.

It's been a while since Virginia fans were able to enjoy an easy, stress-free game, so we thought we'd allow you the pleasure of reliving each Richmond turnover, largely at the expense of the Richmond transfers, former UVa quarterbacks Michael Strauss and Michael Rocco.

The first interception comes early in the second quarter on a Quin Blanding pick at Virginia's own 10-yard line:


On their next possession, Richmond was forced to punt the ball, which went to Khalek Shepherd. Shepherd would return it a whopping 20 yards before, unfortunately, fumbling the ball. Richmond would recover, but on the first play of the drive, well, Virginia's Eli Harold would return the favor, sacking Strauss for a 10-yard loss and a fumble, recovered by Virginia's Max Valles.


In a feeling that's entirely too familiar to Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert from the UCLA game, the second quarter simply went disastrously for the Spiders. With the ball on the Virginia one-yard line and less than 30 seconds left in the half, Henry Coley pummeled Richmond's T.J. Moon to cause the third turnover of the half:


The second half would be more of the same (literally more -- there were four in the second half and just three in the first. "Just" three.). The next one was just a thing of beauty as Valles, returning the gift from Harold in the first half, comes in hot on Strauss's blind side to sack and force the fumble, returned by Harold for an easy six.


Strauss's day was not yet complete, as he lets out a slightly underthrown ball for which Virginia's Daquan Romero was able to cut back and make the pretty diving interception.


Oh my gosh, how are there more of these? Scrambling outside the pocket, it's not clear from here whether Rocco was grossly overthrowing a pass or underthrowing a throwaway:


This last one takes the cake, and I have to admit that I just legit felt bad for the Spiders, and Rocco, at this point. In case it's unclear from this gif, Rocco was untouched on tis play. Literally the ball just fell out of his hands as he was winding up for the pass. His reaction at the end of the play summarizes his entire Scott Stadium career.