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Virginia Game Notes vs. North Carolina

Virginia has now won 10 of its last 12 against North Carolina, including the last four meetings. Combined with the 22-20 win in 2007, this marks UVa’s first consecutive wins in Chapel Hill since 1988 and 1990.

Virginia has won five straight October games and 10 of its last 11 in October. UVa was 4-0 in October last year.

Brandon Woods made his first start of the season at safety. It was the fourth start of his career; he started the first three games of the 2008 season.

TE Colter Phillips made his first career start.

CB Mike Parker saw his first action of the season.

Senior T Will Barker made his 41st career start.

WR Dontrelle Inman made his first appearance of the 2009 season.

Vic Hall returned after missing most of the last two games with an injury. Hall first played on defense at safety, then started on offense at wide receiver. He also took a snap at quarterback.

True freshman DBs LoVante Battle, Corey Lillard and Javanti Sparrow (special teams) as well as PK Drew Jarrett saw their first action at Virginia, giving UVa 10 true freshmen to see playing time this season. They join Will Hill, Quintin Hunter, Perry Jones, LaRoy Reynolds, Tim Smith and Dominique Wallace.

Redshirt freshman C/G Mike Price (special teams) made his first career appearance today. UVa now has 25 freshmen (true or redshirt) to see playing time this season for Virginia.

RB Mikell Simpson rushed for 100 yards – his third career 100-yard rushing day and his first since the 2007 season. It was the most rushing yards for a UVa player this season (Hall 54 vs. William & Mary). It was Simpson’s most rushing yards since going for a career-high 170 vs. Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, 2008.

UVa held UNC to nine first downs. It was the fewest first downs for a UVa opponent since Miami had nine in 2007.

Virginia allowed just 39 yards rushing, the fewest rushing yards allowed by UVa since giving up 19 to Richmond last season.

Virginia shut out North Carolina in the first quarter. It marks the third straight game that the Cavaliers have blanked their opponent in the opening stanza. UVa has allowed just one first-quarter score all year – a TD vs. William and Mary on Sept. 5.

Robert Randolph made three field goals in the game, setting a career high for one game. He also made two field goals at Southern Miss two weeks ago. He is 5-for-5 in field goals this season. Randolph’s 43-yard field goal in the third quarter was the longest field goal of his career.

LB Steve Greer recorded a career-best two tackles for loss. He had a team-high seven tackles total.

DE Matt Conrath made a career-best three pass breakups.

FB Rashawn Jackson tied a career high with four receptions. He also had four vs. UConn in 2007 and at Georgia Tech in 2008.

DE Zane Parr made his first sack of the season. It gives him two for his career (Richmond, 2008).

DB Chase Minnifield made his first interception of 2009 in the fourth quarter. He now has three career picks. Chris Cook made his second INT of the year and has five in his career.

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