Virginia was missing two of its injured top defensive players in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Auburn on Saturday night, and it showed in the 43-24 loss. The Cavaliers couldn't make stops in the open field, Auburn looked faster, and Virginia was beaten soundly in the special teams phase of the game. It's odd now to look back and think that Virginia beat FSU in Tallahassee because the Noles are so sound in defense and special teams -- the two areas Virginia struggled most in against Auburn. There weren't many highlights for the Cavaliers, who looked like they were in over their heads, but here were a few from the sports information department:
QB Michael Rocco started his 13th-straight game, the most by a UVa quarterback since Jameel Sewell started 22 in a row over the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Rocco’s 26 completions were a Virginia bowl record, passing Marques Hagans’ 25 in the 2005 Music City Bowl.
With 312 passing yards against Auburn, Rocco finished the year No. 4 all-time in UVa passing for a season with 2,671. In two seasons of the Bill Lazor offense, two QBs have placed themselves in the top four for season passing. Marc Verica had 2,799 passing yards last year. Matt Schaub owns the top two passing seasons.
Rocco’s 312 passing yards marked the second time a UVa QB had thrown for 300 yards in a bowl game, trailing only Marques Hagans’ 358 yards in the 2005 Music City Bowl.
Rocco’s 312 passing yards marked the fifth time a UVa QB has tossed for 200 yards in a bowl game.
WR Kris Burd’s 27-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was his second TD catch of the season and eighth of his career.
Burd’s second TD reception of the game gave the senior his first multiple TD receiving game of his career.
Burd became only the third Cavalier to score two receiving touchdowns in a bowl game. Terrence Wilkins vs. Georgia in the 1998 Peach Bowl and Wali Lundy in the 2002 Continental Tire Bowl are the other two Cavaliers.
With 103 receiving yards, Burd finishes his career with 2,190 yards, placing him No. 4 all-time at UVa. Burd passed UVa’s Germane Crowell (2,142) and Tyrone Davis (2,153) against Auburn.
Burd had six receptions to finish his career with 162 receptions, solidifying himself at No. 2 in the UVa record book.