Oct. 18, 2005
Virginia plays its third road game in the last four weeks against the North Carolina Tar Heels this Saturday in Chapel Hill in the 110th meeting of the South's Oldest Rivalry. The game is scheduled to kick off at noon.
The Cavaliers have played three consecutive games against Atlantic Division foes, but get to face a fellow Coastal Division for the first time in a month.
The two schools have met every season since 1919 and there have been only four seasons since 1900 when they didn't meet (1906, 1909 and 1917-18, when football was postponed at both schools due to World War I).
The Cavaliers are coming off a 26-21 upset of No. 4 Florida State last weekend. QB Marques Hagans threw for a career-high 306 yards and two scores while frequently scrambling out of trouble and Connor Hughes booted four field goals to lead UVa to the victory. Kai Parham spearheaded the defensive effort with a game-high nine tackles; all three were named ACC Players of the Week for their performances.
The Tar Heels are 2-3 overall this season and 1-1 in the ACC. They lost at Louisville 69-14 two weeks ago in their most recent game and have had two weeks to prepare for this contest.
Virginia head coach Al Groh has a long historical view of the series from the perspective of both teams. He was on the Cavalier varsity from 1963-65 that defeated North Carolina his last two seasons. Early in his collegiate career he coached the UVa defensive line from 1971-72 that lost to UNC both years. He moved to Chapel Hill to coach linebackers from 1973-77 as the Tar Heels won four of five match-ups. He coached Wake Forest from 1981-86 and faced UNC each year, winning once. Since returning to Charlottesville to guide the UVa program, the Cavaliers have won three of four meetings. Five Cavaliers hail from the state of North Carolina, including FB Kevin Bradley (Fayetteville), WR Emmanuel Byers (High Point), WR Maurice Covington (Durham), WR Andrew Pearman (Charlotte), and WR Brandon Woods (Durham).
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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