Cavaliers Prepare for UConn Saturday
Game 7: Saturday, Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m.
Virginia Cavaliers (5-1, 3-0 ACC) vs. Connecticut Huskies (5-0, 1-0 Big East)
Carl Smith Center, Home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium (61,500), Charlottesville, Va.
Series vs. UConn: first meeting
Radio: Virginia Sports Network
Satellite Radio: XM Radio Ch. 192
Live Statistics: virginiasports.com
This game is being televised nationally on ESPNU. Doug Bell (play-by-play), Charles Arbuckle (analyst) and Melissa Knowles (sidelines) call the action.
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 former Cavalier great Frank Quayle, the 1968 ACC Player of the Year. Former UVa quarterback Tim Sherman reports from the sidelines.
UVa Concludes Non-Conference Slate vs. Connecticut
Virginia plays its third consecutive non-conference game of the season Saturday afternoon against Connecticut in its annual Homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Both teams come into the game on a roll. The Cavaliers have won their last five games and are 5-1 overall this fall. Connecticut is 5-0 and one of 11 undefeated teams in the nation.
5 Things You Need To Know
UVa T Eugene Monroe and UConn DT Dan Davis played together at Plainfield HS in Plainfield, N.J., and are likely to battle each other this week if Monroe returns
to action after missing two games
UConn is the first 5-0 (or better) team UVa has played since the Cavaliers defeated 5-0 Florida State 26-21 in 2001
Virginia has a five-game winning streak, its longest in three years
DEs Chris Long and Jeffrey Fitzgerald have combined for 11 sacks this season
Jameel Sewell has completed nearly 60 percent of his passes and has a 6:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio during UVa’s five-game winning streak
The Series vs. the Huskies
This is the Cavaliers’ first match-up with Connecticut
This is the second week in a row Virginia has played a first-time opponent (last week the Cavaliers played Middle Tennessee)
Virginia vs. The Big East
Virginia is 20-18-1 all-time vs. the current membership of the Big East
The Cavaliers had won six straight vs. the Big East until last season’s loss to Pittsburgh, but they got back on the winning side following the 44-14 win over Pitt two weeks ago
Against schools who were Big East members at game time, Virginia is 12-10 overall
Most of the games came against in-state rival Virginia Tech (6-7) when the Hokies were Big East members. UVa is 2-0 vs. Syracuse, 2-1 vs. Pittsburgh, 1-0 vs. Temple and West Virginia, and 0-1 vs. Boston College and Miami.
Non-Conference Home Games
This UVa’s final non-conference home game of the season
Two weeks the Cavaliers beat Pittsburgh 44-14
Virginia has won 10 of its last 11 non-conference home games going back to 2002
Overall, the Cavaliers have won 35 of their last 44 non-conference games at home going back to 1987.
Under Al Groh Virginia is 12-3 at home in non-conference games and 32-9 in all home games
Nice to Meet You
This is the first season since 2003 UVa has played two first-time opponents (UVa defeated Middle Tennessee last week) during the regular season
The last time UVa played back-to-back first-time opponents occurred in 1975 (East Carolina, Syracuse)
Connecticut is Virginia’s opponent in this season’s annual Homecoming game
Overall, UVa has won 14 of its last 16 Homecoming games
The Cavaliers saw their five-game Homecoming winning streak end last season following a 17-10 loss to Western Michigan
This is the first time Virginia has hosted a Big East school on Homecoming
Long Winning Streak
The Cavaliers have won their last five games, their longest winning streak since they had a five-game run in 2004
The winning streak is tied for the ninth-longest current streak in the country
Winning the Close Ones
One characteristic of this year’s Cavalier squad is its ability to win the close games
Three of the Cavaliers’ five wins have been by five points or fewer
UVa’s average margin of victory is currently 10.0 points, third closest among teams with at least four wins
UVa and UTEP are the only teams with as many as three wins by five points or fewer; only five teams have at least three wins by fewer than 10 points