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Saturday, October 11, 2008
Halftime report: Virginia 28, East Carolina 6

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

It's like there's a magnet in the end zone and it's sucking Cedric Peerman right in.

This is what Peerman can do when he's healthy, something Virginia fans haven't had the pleasure of watching for consecutive weeks since the first half of the 2007 season. Peerman missed half of last year with a foot injury, and this year he bruised his knee against Richmond, which is why he didn't have a single carry against Duke.

Virginia is in the midst of proving last weekend's win against Maryland wasn't a fluke, and Peerman is a major reason why, but the Cavaliers' entire offense was clicking in the second quarter. Their big-play capability in the running game has helped open things up for quarterback Marc Verica and receiver Kevin Ogletree.

After turning the ball over twice in the first quarter, Virginia finally got one back in the second, and that's when momentum seemed to shift. The Cavaliers are looking like a complete team in all three phases of the game, and ECU is looking like it's regressed since the start of the season. It also hasn't helped the Pirates that their second-leading receiver, Jamar Bryant, has been suspended.

On the flip side, Al Groh was right -- his team would be one of progression, and the Cavaliers are proving they can be a spoiler team in the second half of the season.