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Nov. 15, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia looks to remain undefeated at home this season when the Cavaliers host in-state rival Virginia Tech in a key Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division match-up. Kickoff is set for noon and the game will be televised on ESPN.

The Cavaliers are 6-3 overall this season became bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season following last week’s 27-17 win over then #24 Georgia Tech.

Head coach Al Groh says seasons are made in November and his squad is looking to continue to build on a strong final month and extend its winning streak to three games.

Virginia Tech won its first eight games and were ranked as high as third nationally before falling to Miami 27-7 two weeks ago. The Hokies fell to eighth following the loss, and moved up to seventh after last week’s bye.Virginia defeated #4 Florida State at home in mid-October and look to beat two top-10 teams in a season for the first time ever. The Cavaliers haven’t beaten three ranked teams in a season since 2002.

Virginia and Virginia Tech renew their annual battle for the Commonwealth Cup in the Commonwealth Challenge, presented by Adelphia.

The Commonwealth Challenge is a friendly rivalry series between the two in-state members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. It is a comprehensive competition involving athletic teams of the two schools designed to increase exposure and interest in the various sports, as well as promoting good sportsmanship among students, student-athletes, coaches and fans of the two schools.

Points are awarded based on the results of head-to-head competition to determine a winner. Two points are awarded for football and men’s and women’s basketball. Victories in the other 18 sports are worth one point each.

At the end of the school year, the team with the most points is the winner.Virginia currently leads the competition by a 6-1 margin.

The winner of the annual football game is awarded the Commonwealth Cup for the next 12 months.

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