10 Key Facts About Virginia

A matchup of 2-5 Virginia and 1-5 North Carolina probably wasn't what ESPN had in mind when it scheduled the game, but both the Cavs and the Heels will be looking to turn around their season starting with Thursday's national TV appearance. Get to know some key info about UNC's next opponent ...

1. Virginia (2-5, 1-2 ACC) suffered its second consecutive setback after blowing a big lead and losing to Maryland last week, 28-26. Two weeks ago the Cavaliers were defeated by East Carolina in Greenville, 31-21. Other than a 37-0 home win versus Duke, UVa's only other win was a 13-12 decision over Wyoming.


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2. Coach Al Groh (UVa '67) is a former UNC assistant, who has also been a head coach at Wake Forest and with the New York Jets. He's in his sixth year with the Cavaliers, with whom he's compiled a 39-31 record. Groh is 3-2 versus John Bunting and UNC.

3. North Carolina hasn't won at Virginia since a 17-14 victory in 1981. Prior to that, the Tar Heels had won five out of six in Charlottesville. The ‘81 UVa team was coached by UNC graduate Dick Bestwick. Since George Welsh took over in 1982 until the present, Carolina is 7-16-1 versus the Cavaliers.

4. Virginia is ranked only above Duke in ACC total offense numbers – averaging just 259.4 total yards per game. The Cavaliers are converting just 30.9 percent of their third down opportunities.

5. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameel Sewell (6-3, 215, Richmond, Va.) has thrown a touchdown in each of his four starts this season, his first coming on a Thursday night ESPN special against Georgia Tech. While completing 56 percent of his passes, Sewell has thrown for 637 yards and five touchdowns.

6. Senior tailback Jason Snelling (5-11, 233, Chester, Va.) leads the team with 404 net rushing yards and four touchdowns. He's averaging 4.5 yards per carry.


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7. Sophomore wide receiver Kevin Olgetree (6-2, 186, St. Albans, N.Y.), who has caught three or more passes in each of his last six games, is ranked second in the ACC in with 54.6 yards receiving per game and third with 4.4 catches per game.

8. Virginia's defense is giving up 299.1 yards of total offense per game to its opponents – sixth best in the ACC. Five different players have multiple sack tallies, including defensive end Jefferey Fitzgerald (4.5), linebacker Jon Copper (3) and linebacker Clint Sintim (3).

9. The Cavaliers lead the conference and are ranked 13th nationally in sacks with 23 for a combined loss of 153 yards.

10. The Tar Heels hold a 56-50-4 all-time advantage in the South's Oldest Rivalry – founded in 1892.


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