Game Notes: UVA football hosts UNC in South’s oldest football rivalry

Virginia vs. North Carolina • #UNCvsUVA • Homecomings
Date/TimeSat., Oct. 25, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.
LocationCharlottesville, Va. | Scott Stadium (61,500)
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Coach London’s Weekly Press Conference Transcript

Virginia, North Carolina Square Off in the South’s Oldest Rivalry
Virginia and North Carolina will meet for the 119th time in the South’s Oldest Rivalry, a series that was first played in 1892. The Cavaliers have faced the Tar Heels more than any other school (118) in program history.
• Saturday is Homecomings at UVa and Cavaliers own a 45-42-2 (.517) all-time Homecomings record.
• UVa is 1-1 all-time against UNC on Homecomings, winning in 1983 (17-14) and losing in 2010 (44-10).

Virginia vs. North Carolina
Virginia trails the all-time series with North Carolina, 60-54-4, and trails the series in Chapel Hill, 31-12-3.
• There is a difference in the series record between the two schools because of the game in 1956 that North Carolina forfeited for using an ineligible player. All of UNC’s games in 1956 were forfeited by conference action.
• Saturday’s game will tie the rivalry for the third-longest series in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history; it was the seventh series in FBS history to reach 100 meetings with the 1995 game.
• The two schools have met every season since 1919 and there have been only four seasons since 1900 when they did not meet (1906, 1909 and 1917-18, when football was postponed at both schools because of World War I).

Keeping the UNC Offense in Check
• Since 1979, North Carolina has scored more than 27 points against UVa six times (1997, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), including the last four meetings. In contrast, the Tar Heels topped 27 points seven times from 1970-78.
• Also since 1979, the Tar Heels have managed to score more than three touchdowns five times (six in 1997, five in 2010, four in 2002 & 2011 and six in 2013).

The Most Offense Typically Wins
• In UVa vs. UNC games since 1940, the winning team has out-rushed the loser 56 of 71 times, with one game featuring the same yardage for both.
• The winning team has had more offensive yards 57 times and has been outgained just 14 times since 1940. UVa was the most recent team (2011) to outgain UNC and lose (468-401).
• The loser has outgained the winner just seven times since 1975, but it has happened five times in the last 13 years, including in 2007, 2008 and 2011.

… On the Ground
• Since 2006, the Tar Heels have averaged 131.6 rushing yards per game vs. the Cavaliers, with UVa winning four of the last eight meetings.
• Since 1996, UNC has scored only 11 rushing touchdowns with two coming in 1997 and 2011. In contrast, UVa has scored 28 times on the ground in that span.
• In the last 18 games, UNC’s offense has scored 39 touchdowns, with 26 coming in five games (1997, 2002, 2010 , 2011, 2012, 2013), while the defense has scored nine touchdowns (eight interceptions and one punt return).

Turnovers Make a Difference
• Since 1982, the Cavaliers are 15-2-1 when committing fewer turnovers than the Tar Heels. The losses occurred in 1995 and 2001, while the tie was in 1984.
• Over the last six years, North Carolina has committed 10 turnovers, while UVa has committed 12 (five of which were INTs in the 2010 meeting).
North Carolina is 8-2 vs. Virginia when committing fewer turnovers.
• There have been four games since 1982 where each team committed the same number of miscues and Virginia has won three (1985, 1988, 2003).
Last Meeting: 2013 (@UNC 45, UVa 14)
Marquise Williams recorded a touchdown passing, rushing and receiving to help North Carolina beat Virginia 45-14.
Ryan Switzer had a punt return for a touchdown and Dominique Green had an interception return for a score for the Tar Heels.
Kevin Parks rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for Virginia. The loss was the Cavaliers’ seventh consecutive defeat, their longest losing streak within one season since 1981.
Marquise Williams led the Tar Heels on long touchdown drives the first two times they had the ball.
• Williams threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Quinshad Davis to cap the first series, and Davis returned the favor with a 29-yard strike to Williams on the final play of the first quarter.
• Davis took a pitch from running back T.J. Logan on a reverse and lofted a pass to Williams, who was alone in the Virginia secondary, for the touchdown.
North Carolina led 21-0 at halftime after Ryan Switzer muffed a 49-yard punt by Virginia’s Alec Vozenilek, but the ball bounced right back into his hands at the 15.
• Switzer took off up the middle, broke a tackle and worked his way to the left sideline. He eluded Vozenilek at the Virginia 40 and coasted into the end zone for an 85-yard touchdown.
• For Virginia, Anthony Harris grabbed one of his NCAA FBS-leading eight interceptions.

Will UVa’s Offense Open Up vs. UNC?
• Over the last nine games in the series UNC owns a narrow 5-4 advantage in the series, including winning the last four games.
• Over the last nine games in the series, UVa is only averaging 15.1 points per game. UNC is averaging 21.9 points per game over the same span.
• Since 2008 UVa is only averaging 14.3 per game against the Tar Heels as UNC holds a 4-2 advantage. UNC is averaging 28.3 points per game over the same span.
•  UNC this season is allowing 43.3 points per game. Will this recent trend for the UVa offense in the UNC series change?

Virginia – North Carolina Connections
UNC deep snapper Alex Marrs is first cousins with UVa fifth-year safety David Marrs. The cousins played for Alex’s dad, Doug, at Graham High School in Bluefield, Va.
UNC co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer worked on the same UNC staff with UVa defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta in 2001. Brewer was the wide receivers coach for the Tar Heels from 2000-04.
• Tenuta was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Tar Heels in 2001. While in Chapel Hill Tenuta had such pupils as former Tar Heels Julius Peepers, Ryan Sims, David Thorton, Dexter Reid and Michael Waddle.

         
 

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