The Washington Times - August 19, 2008, 10:55AM

Virginia is going to need all the help it can get in its opener against Southern California.

OK, there’s no shock value in that assertion. Certainly, the Cavaliers’ experience deficit at quarterback vis-a-vis the Trojans can be accepted much easier in Charlottesville than the loss of dismissed basketball fan favorite Lars Mikalauskas.


But I got to thinking yesterday just how much Pete Carroll loves to make a statement in intersectional games. I mean, just loves to. And because I’m chart-crazy, I came up with this little gem on the Trojans’ trips over either the Rockies or a significant portion of an ocean in Carroll’s seven seasons.

Opponent Score Opp. final record 
2001at Notre DameL, 27-165-6
2002at Kansas StateL, 27-2011-2
2002vs. Iowa (Orange Bowl)W, 38-17 
2003at AuburnW, 23-08-5
2003at Notre DameW, 45-145-7
2004vs. Virginia Tech (Landover, Md.) 
W, 24-1310-3
2004vs. Oklahoma (Orange Bowl)W, 55-1912-1
2005at HawaiiW, 63-175-7
2005at Notre DameW, 34-319-3
2006at ArkansasW, 50-1410-4
2007at NebraskaW, 49-315-7
2007at Notre DameW, 38-03-9

Well, that’s 10 straight wins and three half-a-hundreds hung on the long road trips since Carroll got things going. And only one of those victories was all that close (the 2005 classic in South Bend).

All of this is an extended way of saying the obvious: Lord Groh of Hooville might be in for a long afternoon when the Men of Troy visit Thomas Jefferson’s university.

Patrick Stevens