Oct. 17, 2016
| Virginia vs. North Carolina #UNCvsUVA
|Date/Time||Sat., Oct. 22, 2016 | 3 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Scott Stadium (61,500)|
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The South's Oldest Rivalry
Virginia and North Carolina will meet for the 121st time in the South's Oldest Rivalry, a series that began in 1892.
Virginia vs. North Carolina
UVA trails the all-time series with North Carolina, 62-54-4.
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. Both schools count the 1956 game as a win.
Saturday's game will tie the rivalry for the second-longest series in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history.
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).
|Teams (Date of 2016 Meeting)||Games||1st Game|
|1. Minnesota/Wisconsin (Nov. 26)||125||1890|
|2. Virginia/North Carolina (Oct. 22)||121*||1892|
|Miami (Ohio)/Cincinnati (Sept. 24)||121||1888|
|5. Auburn/Georgia (Nov. 12)||119||1892|
|Oregon/Oregon State (Nov. 26)||119||1894|
|7. Cal/Stanford (Nov. 19)||118||1892|
|Indiana/Purdue (Nov. 26)||118||1891|
|*- includes this week's meeting|
Five Top Storylines
The Cavaliers have faced the Tar Heels more than any other school (120) in program history.
TB Albert Reid has at least one rushing touchdown in five straight games and has six scores on the ground overall. He also has one receiving touchdown to lead UVA with seven total touchdowns.
UVA is No. 2 in the country in red zone chances that result in a touchdown (80.9 percent).
WR Olamide Zaccheaus is tied for No. 2 in the nation with at least two receptions of 70 yards or more. He scored an 82-yard touchdown against Central Michigan on Sept. 24 and recorded a 74-yard receiving touchdown against Pitt last Saturday.
QB Kurt Benkert is one of two quarterbacks in the nation with passes of 82 yards or more, while he is the only "Power 5" quarterback with three passes of 70 yards or more. In addition to the two plays to Zaccheaus, Benkert also has an 84-yard pass to David Eldridge.
The Most Offense Typically Wins
In UVA vs. UNC games since 1940, the winning team has out-rushed the loser 56 of 73 times, with one game featuring the same yardage for both.
The winning team has had more offensive yards 67 times and has been outgained just 15 times since 1940. UVA was the most recent team (2014) to outgain UNC and lose (443-374).
The loser has outgained the winner just eight times since 1975, but it has happened six times in the last 15 years, including in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
... On the Ground
Since 2006, the Tar Heels have averaged 137.8 rushing yards per game vs. the Cavaliers, with UVA winning only four of the last 10 meetings.
Since 1996, UNC has scored only 15 rushing touchdowns with three coming in 2015 and two coming in 1997 and 2011. In contrast, UVA has scored 29 times on the ground in that span.
In the last 20 games, UNC's offense has scored 46 touchdowns, with 30 coming in six games (1997, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), 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 eight years, North Carolina has committed 13 turnovers, while UVA has committed 19 (which includes 10 combined from the 2010 & 2015 games).
North Carolina is 10-2 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).
First Family Takes in 1928 Meeting
President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, Grace, attended the 1928 Virginia vs. North Carolina Thanksgiving Day football game at UVA's Lambeth Field. The President was joined by the governors of both Virginia (Gov. Harry F. Byrd) and North Carolina (H.W. Chase). Over 20,000 spectators attended UNC's 24-20 win 88 years ago. Lambeth Field's grandstand only sat 8,000. Additional temporary bleachers helped hold the overflow crowd.
Nature of the Rivalry
There is a strong historical lineage and academic standing between UVA and UNC.
UVA was founded by Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, while UNC was the first operational state university in the United States.
UVA had its writer-in-residence William Faulkner, while UNC is the alma mater of Thomas Wolfe.
President Woodrow Wilson attended UVA and was president of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, while President James K. Polk attended UNC.
UVA and UNC were also the first future members of the ACC to be elected to the prestigious Association of American Universities. UVA was elected in 1904 and UNC in 1922.
UVA was the opponent for the dedication game at UNC's Kenan Stadium in 1927.
Kenan Stadium was used as a model by the designers of Scott Stadium.
UVA has scored on 19 of its last 20 trips inside the red-zone, with 17 touchdowns and two field goals.
UVA ranks second in the nation in red zone chances that ended with a touchdown (80.9 percent).
Since Taquan Mizzell fumbled on the five-yard line against Richmond in the season-opening game, UVA scored on eight straight trips inside the red-zone, including seven touchdowns and one field goal.
The streak was snapped on UVA's very last play of the UConn game. Alex Furbank's 20-yard field goal attempt as time expired at UConn on Sept. 17 halted UVA's streak at eight. The streak included four trips inside the red-zone at then-No. 24 Oregon, resulting in four touchdowns.
Blanding and Kiser Atop of the acc in tackles
Micah Kiser (11.17) is leading the ACC in tackles per game and Quin Blanding (10.33) is No. 2 in the ACC in tackles per game.
Kiser and Blanding join TCU's Ty Summers (10.67) and Travin Howard (9.67) as the only defensive duo from the same school to rank No. 1 and No. 2 in tackles for their respective conferences.
This is old hat for Kiser and Blanding, as they were the only defensive duo from the same school in 2015 to rank No. 1 and No. 2 in their respective conferences in tackles.
Kiser ranks No. 6 nationally in tackles, while Blanding ranks No. 15 nationally. Blanding is the only "Power 5" defensive back that ranks in the Top 20 nationally in tackles.
Blanding finished 2014 and 2015 No. 2 in the ACC in tackles.
Kiser Doubles up the Tackles
Micah Kiser owns 10 double-digit tackle games during his 18 career starts.
Kiser enters the North Carolina game with 199 career tackles during 30 career games.
Kiser has recorded 184 tackles during his 18 career starts, which is every game since the start of the 2015 season.
Kiser played in all 12 games a redshirt freshman, mostly on special teams when he shared the UVA team lead with nine special teams tackles.
Quick Strike Scores
Of UVA's 23 touchdown drives in 2016, 18 of them have been completed in 3:50 or less.
Ten of UVA's 23 touchdowns drives have been completed in six plays or less.
Two of UVA's touchdown drives against Central Michigan were under 37 seconds, while five were under 2:15.
UVA's 99-yard touchdown drive against Central Michigan was a program record. The previous record was 98 yards, done various times. UVA's longest touchdown drive against Central Michigan was completed in 11 plays and 3:50, the longest touchdown drive play and time wise in the game for UVA.
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