Oct. 23, 2000
Virginia (4-3, 3-2) vs. North Carolina (3-4, 1-4)
Oct. 28, 2000
Noon (ACC/JP Sports Network)
Carl Smith Center, home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The South's oldest rivalry makes its return to Charlottesville this Saturday (Oct. 28) in the 105th meeting between the Virginia Cavaliers and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Both teams come into the game looking for a win to bolster their postseason aspirations. Virginia has won the last two games in the series, including last season's dramatic 20-17 season opening win in Chapel Hill. Todd Braverman's career-long 50-yard field goal with 27.4 seconds remaining proved to be the difference for UVa.
The Cavaliers look for their longest winning streak over the Tar Heels since winning five consecutive match-ups from 1987-91. In addition, the Cavaliers have won the last nine meetings in Charlottesville and haven't lost at home to the Tar Heels since 1981 (the year before George Welsh arrived in Charlottesville to take over the UVa program). Virginia is looking to bounce back from last Saturday's 37-3 loss to sixth-ranked Florida State in Tallahassee. The Cavaliers come into Saturday's contest with a 4-3 overall record and a 3-2 ACC mark. The Tar Heels are 3-4 overall this fall, including 1-4 in the ACC. They built a 17-0 lead over Clemson on Saturday before falling to the fifth-ranked Tigers 38-24.
Television: Saturday's game is being televised on the ACC/JP Sports Network. Steve Martin calls the play-by-play, while Rick 'Doc' Walker provides the color commentary. Mike Hogewood is the sideline reporter.
Radio: All UVa games are heard on the Virginia Sports Network originating at WINA/WWWV in Charlottesville. Mac McDonald calls the play by play. Frank Quayle, the 1968 ACC Football Player of the Year, provides the color commentary, while Quayle's former teammate and quarterback Gene Arnette provides sideline analysis.
The Series vs. the Tar Heels North Carolina holds a 54-46-4 advantage in the all-time series that dates back more than a century to 1892. Virginia is looking to even the series in games played in Charlottesville at 21 wins apiece with a win this season. Before Virginia head coach George Welsh arrived in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers had lost 12 of their last 13 games to North Carolina (1969-81). Since Welsh took over at UVa, the Cavaliers have compiled a 12-5-1 record against the Tar Heels. Virginia has won 10 of the last 13 meetings overall and the last nine games at home. North Carolina hasn't won in Charlottesville since a 17-14 win in 1981 (the year before George Welsh arrived in Charlottesville). As an aside, Virginia has won three times in Chapel Hill since then.
The Cavaliers have faced the Tar Heels more times (104 games) than any other school (next is VMI at 81 games). The series between these two long-time rivals has taken a decidedly home-team flavor in the last 10 years. The Cavaliers' dramatic 20-17 win in Chapel Hill last season marked the first win by the visiting team since a Virginia win in 1990 and snapped an eight-game winning streak by the home team.
Following wins the last two years, the Cavaliers are going for their third win in a row over the Tar Heels. Neither team has won three straight since UVa won five consecutive match-ups from 1987-91. The rivalry started with a 30-18 Virginia win on October 22, 1892, and has grown to be the most played series in the South. The two teams have played each other every year they have fielded a football team since 1910. (Neither school had a football team in 1917-18 due to World War I.)
This is the 105th Meeting
Saturday's game is the 105th meeting in the long history of the Virginia-North Carolina series. This rivalry is tied for the fifth longest in Division I-A history. It became the seventh series in NCAA I-A 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 didn't meet (1906, 1909 and 1917-18, when football was postponed at both schools due to World War I).
A listing of the longest series in Division I-A history is below.
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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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