Game Notes: UVA and Virginia Tech hook up Friday night

UVA at Virginia Tech • #UVAvsVT
Date/TimeFri., Nov. 28, 2014 | 8 p.m.
LocationBlacksburg, Va. | Lane Stadium (65,632)
TelevisionESPN
RadioVirginia Sports Radio Network | Satellite Radio — Sirius 108 | XM 193
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Twitter@UVa_Football | @CoachMikeLondon | @VirginiaSports
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Coach London Weekly Press Conference Transcript

Clash_smallCommonwealth Cup Up For Grabs Friday in Blacksburg
Virginia and Virginia Tech will play a nationally-televised game on Friday night on ESPN. Kickoff is
scheduled for 8 p.m. at Lane Stadium.
• The winner of this game claims the Commonwealth Cup for the next year and secures bowl eligibilty. A win would make Virginia bowl eligible for the first time since 2011.
• After holding the trophy following wins in 1997 and 1998, the Cavaliers have taken it just once since then (2003) with the Hokies winning 14 of the last 15 meetings.
• The award was started for the 1996 game between the two state foes, with the Hokies receiving the trophy for the first time with a 26-9 win.
• The Cup is made of marble and cherry wood, stands four feet high and weighs more than 100 pounds.
• The scores of all 95 games in the rivalry are engraved on the sides of the trophy.

One Point Up for Grabs in the New Commonwealth Clash Rivalry
• The longstanding rivalry between Virginia and Virginia Tech got a new name this fall — the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529. Building on a tradition started when the two schools first competed against each other in a football game in 1895, the Commonwealth Clash is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams of the Hoos and Hokies.
• The competition will include the 21 sports in which the two schools compete against each other, plus one fan-decided point. At the end of each school year, the institution with the most points will be crowned the champion of the Commonwealth Clash.
• There is one point at stake Friday in the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash.
Virginia leads the Commonwealth Clash, 4.5-0.5.
• Learn more about Virginia529 and this new competition at thecommonwealthclash.com.

Virginia – Virginia Tech Rivalry
Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 53-37-5 and has won 14 of the last 15 meetings, including 10 straight. Tech has also taken 17 of the teams’ last 21 meetings.
• The series began in 1895 with UVa gaining a 38-0 win in Charlottesville.
• UVa’s most recent victory in the series was a 35-21 win at home in 2003.
• The Hokies (95 games) are UVa’s second-most frequent opponent – UVa has played North Carolina 119 times in the South’s Oldest Rivalry.

Coaches Familiar With Rivalry
• Five UVa coaches are veterans of the Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry.
• UVa defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta and wide receiver coach Marques Hagans are Virginia alums.
• Tenuta was part of three Commonwealth Cup games (1978-80). UVa won the 1978 (17-7) and the 1979 (20-18) meetings at Scott Stadium, but lost the 1980 (30-0) meeting in Blacksburg. Tenuta had three tackles and broke up two passes in the 1980 game.
• In UVa’s last win in the series (2003), Hagans caught five passes for 43 yards and made one rush for 17 yards.
• Graduate assistants Sean Cascarano, Jacob Hodges and Clint Sintim are also Virginia alums and played in the Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry.
• Sintim made eight tackles in the 2008 game at Lane Stadium and had 10 tackles, including 3.0 sacks in the 2007 game .
• Head coach Mike London was a UVa assistant coach during the 2001-04 and 2006-07 seasons, with the Cavaliers going 1-5 during that span, including a victory in 2003. He is 0-4 as a head coach against Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer was a varsity defensive back for the Hokies from1966-68. He made his first start in Tech’s 1966 game against Virginia, a 24-7 Hokies’ victory.

32 is Virginia’s Magic Number
• Scoring plenty of points against the Hokies means good things for the Cavaliers.
Virginia has scored at least 32 points in each of its last seven series wins dating back to 1989.

Virginia In Season-Enders
• This game is the Cavaliers’ final regular-season contest of the 2014 season.
• UVa is 44-76-4 all-time in regular-season finales and has lost its last nine.
• This is the ninth straight year and the 20th time in the last 24 seasons Virginia has closed the regular season against the Hokies.

Last Blacksburg Meeting: 2013 (VT 16 – @UVa 6)
• All the scoring came in the first half on a frigid day at Scott Stadium.
• Trey Edmunds took a short pass 26 yards for a first-half touchdown and Eric Kristensen kicked three field goals to lead Virginia Tech.
Alec Vozenilek kicked two field goals for Virginia.
Kevin Parks rushed for 105 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
• SS Anthony Harris missed the first half due to being ejected the week prior because of a targeting penalty at Miami.



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