Schaub hurt on Virginia's first series

Updated: August 30, 2003, 11:48 PM ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia quarterback Matt Schaub injured his right shoulder being sacked on the No. 18 Cavaliers' first drive against Duke and his status for the rest of the season is unknown.

Schaub, the 2002 ACC player of the year after he threw 28 touchdown passes, watched the second half with his right arm in a sling, and coach Al Groh declined to talk about the extent of the injury after the game.

"We don't talk about injuries," Groh snapped after the Cavaliers' 27-0 season-opening victory against Duke. "This is our team as it's constituted right now and this is the way we're going to play. As soon as we start talking about that, we start buying into a built-in excuse.

"Our team was redefined and that's the way we're probably going to be playing for a little bit and that's the way it is."

Schaub, for whom the school planned a Heisman Trophy push, was replaced by redshirt freshman Anthony Martinez for the second series. Martinez finished 6-for-15 for 76 yards with a touchdown pass.

Schaub was sacked by the Blue Devils' DeAndre White when he went back to pass on second-and-goal from the Blue Devils' 1 yard-line. Groh said a player missed an assignment and "for that mistake, we paid a high price."

Schaub remained in the game, handing off to Alvin Pearman for a 4-yard run and then holding for Connor Hughes' 26-yard field goal, but went to the bench and was attended to by several members of the training staff.

Schaub spent much of the rest of the half sitting with a towel over his head and a huge ice pack strapped to his throwing shoulder.

In his first action at Virginia, Martinez threw incompletions on his first four attempts over two drives. His first pass hit wide receiver Art Thomas in the helmet because Thomas hadn't heard Martinez call an audible.

"That was just the nerves," Martinez said.

Martinez later completed a 39-yard pass to Thomas, setting up Wali Lundy's 2-yard run to give Virginia a 10-0 lead 11:58 before halftime.

He closed the half with a well-thrown fade to Heath Miller, who caught the ball in the right corner of the end zone 49 seconds before halftime.

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