Cavalier Football Notes: NC State
#20 NC State (9-2, 4-2) at Virginia (6-4, 4-2)
Saturday, Nov. 16
Carl Smith Center, home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium
VIRGINIA RETURNS HOME: The Cavaliers and 20th-ranked N.C. State come into Saturday’s game on two-game losing streaks as they join in the battle for second and third place in the ACC with Maryland.
Virginia looks to avenge last year’s 24-0 loss to N.C. State which ended UVa’s three-game series winning streak. The Wolfpack hold a 31-19-1 lead in the rivalry, including a 15-9-1 mark in Charlottesville.
LAST WEEK: Last Saturday Virginia suffered a 35-14 loss at Penn State. The Cavaliers trailed just 10-7 at halftime, but a fumble by tailback Alvin Pearman on the third play of the second half ended a promising drive. The Nittany Lions turned to their power running game, led by Larry Johnson who rushed for 188 yards in the game. The host Lions took control of the game by scoring on their first four possessions of the second half en route to the win.
The Wolfpack shut out the Cavaliers 24-0 in Raleigh last season. Virginia will no doubt look to payback the Wolfpack for the whitewash. The last time Virginia faced a team at home after a shutout the previous year, the Cavaliers rallied for a wild 39-38 win over Georgia Tech last season, one year after falling to the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta 35-0.
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 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 one of 50 players named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team. Jed Williams provides sideline analysis.