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Gameday CentralJim Thorpe Classic
Colorado State (0-0) at Virginia (0-0)
Thursday, August 22
7:30 p.m.

CAVALIERS OPEN 2002 SEASON: Virginia opens its 113th season of play on Thursday, August 22 at home against Colorado State in the second annual Jim Thorpe Classic. This is the first time the two teams have met.

For the second straight season, Virginia opens its season with one of the various “preseason” games. Last season, the Cavaliers fell to Wisconsin, 26-17, in the Eddie Robinson Classic in Al Groh’s UVa coaching debut.

EARLIEST START IN HISTORY: According to the NCAA, Thursday’s game isn’t just the earliest start in Virginia history, it’s also the earliest start in college football history.

Prior to this season, the earliest start to the college season was August 23. The first game on this date was Northwestern’s 24-0 win over Oklahoma in the 1997 Pigskin Classic. Last season also started on that date with Louisville gaining a 45-24 win over New Mexico State in the John Thompson Classic.

TELEVISION: Thursday’s game is being televised by Comcast Sports Net and Fox Sports Net South. Bob Rathbun calls the play-by-play, while Ethan Horton provides color commentary. Mike Hogewood is the sideline reporter.

RADIO: All Virginia games are broadcast on the Virginia Sports Network, originating at WINA/WWWV in Charlottesville. Mac McDonald calls the play-by-play. He is joined in the broadcast booth by Frank Quayle, the 1968 ACC Football Player of the Year, and former Cavalier signal caller Gene Arnette. Jed Williams provides sideline analysis.

Westwood One is also broadcasting the game nationwide.

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