Cavaliers Take on No. 22 Miami at Noon Saturday
Venue: David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium
Playing Surface: Grass
Series vs. UM: Miami leads, 5-2
In Charlottesville: Miami leads, 2-1
Last Meeting: 2009 (Miami, 52-17)
Telecast: ESPN, ESPN3.com
Radio: Virginia Sports Network (affiliates)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 213, XM 191
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Rosters: Virginia Miami
Game Notes: Virginia Miami
Statistics: Virginia Miami
• This is the eighth meeting between the Coastal Division rivals, with Miami owning a 5-2 edge.
• Miami won the first three games, but the teams have split the last four meetings.
• Miami holds a 4-2 advantage in the ACC series since the Hurricanes’ arrival in the conference in 2004.
Series Results vs. Miami
1996 Miami 31, Virginia 21*
2004 Miami 31, @ Virginia 21
2005 @ Miami 25, Virginia 17
2006 @ Virginia 17, Miami 7
2007 Virginia 48, @ Miami 0
2008 Miami 24, @ Virginia 17 (OT)
2009 @ Miami 52, Virginia 17
* Carquest Bowl
More on the UVa-Miami Series
• The first match-up occurred in the 1996 Carquest Bowl at Joe Robbie Stadium.
• That game was the final collegiate action for several notable Cavaliers, including Tiki and Ronde Barber, James Farrior, Jon Harris and Jamie Sharper.
• In addition to this Cavalier quintet, the game featured a large number of future pros.
• Of the 44 starters in the game, 20 were drafted by the NFL (11 UVa, 9 Miami). The group of NFL draftees included nine first-round picks. Twenty-one Cavaliers and 22 Hurricanes went on to play in the NFL.
Virginia vs. Ranked Teams
• In the last 10 seasons, Virginia is 12-22 against ranked teams, including a 9-10 mark at Scott Stadium.
• Virginia has faced one ranked team this year, dropping a 17-14 decision at then-No. 16 USC on Sept. 11.
• UVa’s last win over a ranked team was Oct. 18, 2008, a 16-13 overtime win at home over No. 18 North Carolina.
• UVa is 0-4 all-time against ranked Miami squads, including a loss last year to the then-No. 16 Hurricanes.
• The Cavaliers’ last home game against a ranked team was on Nov. 28, 2009, a loss to then-No. 14 Virginia Tech.
Quintet of Florida Natives Line Virginia Roster
• Virginia has five natives of the Sunshine State on its 2010 roster:
• PK Robert Randolph (Naples/Naples HS)
• CB Mike Parker (Orlando/Edgewater HS)
• TE Paul Freedman (Belleair Beach, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic)
• QB Michael Strauss (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep)
• CB Pablo Alvarez (Coral Gables, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep)
Fells-Danzer Named ACC Specialist of Week
• Terence Fells-Danzer was named the ACC Specialist of the Week for the past week.
• He scored his first two career touchdowns in the victory. In the third quarter, he returned a short kick 70 yards untouched for a score.
• Earlier in the game Fells-Danzer, who played linebacker his first two years at Virginia, recorded the first receiving touchdown of his career. Fells-Danzer also has been honored as the CollegeFootballPerformance.com national kickoff returner of the week.
Offense Makes Strides
• Through seven games, Virginia has 23 offensive touchdowns and has matched the TD total of all of 2009 .
• UVa is sixth in the ACC in total offense with 394.3 yards/game after ranking last in the ACC in 2009 with 269.6 yards/game.
• The Cavaliers rank second in the conference with 255.1 passing yards per game; UVa was 11th in the league in 2009 with 170.5 passing yards per game.
Virginia Ranks Second in ACC in Passing
• Virginia ranks second in the ACC in passing, with 255.1 yards per game.
• NC State (312.6) leads the conference in passing.
• Virginia has passed for 11 touchdowns this year, already surpassing the 2009 total of eight.
• UVa has thrown for 1,786 yards through the first seven games.
• UVa’s 341 passing yards against VMI marked the program’s 13th-best output in a game all-time and the most since tallying 358 yards through the air against Virginia Tech in 2003.
• Virginia threw for five touchdowns vs. VMI, marking the most in a game since UVa also threw five against Akron in 2002.
Payne Leads ACC in Rushing Touchdowns
• Keith Payne has rushed for 10 touchdowns in UVa’s first seven games, already surpassing Jameel Sewell’s team high of seven TDs last season.
• He is tied with Clemson’s Andre Ellington for the ACC lead in rushing touchdowns this year.
• It also is tied for the second-most rushing TDs by a UVa player since 2000.
• He tied the modern UVa record for TDs in a game against Richmond, becoming the ninth player to score four in a game (post-World War II).
• Payne became the first Cavalier to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Mikell Simpson did it against Indiana in 2009.
UVa Rushing TD Leaders Since 2000
1. 17 – Wali Lundy, 2004
2. 10 – Keith Payne, 2010
10 – Wali Lundy, 2005
10 – Alvin Pearman, 2004
Defense Comes Strong in Fourth Quarter
• UVa owns a 58-16 edge in the fourth quarter this season.
• UVa has allowed just one score in the fourth quarter at home this year – a TD vs. North Carolina.
• Last year, UVa surrendered 111 fourth-quarter points – by far the most the Cavaliers allowed in any quarter.
• UVa shut out just three opponents in the final stanza in 2009.
Johnson A Menace on D-Line
• DE Cam Johnson leads the team with 11.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks. He has 36 tackles in 2010.
• Johnson is tied for 19th nationally in tackles for loss (1.5/game) and 26th in sacks (.79/game). He ranks third in the ACC in sacks.
• He already has topped his 2009 totals for tackles for loss (5.0) and sacks (2.0); he had 40 tackles in 2009.
• Johnson had a career-high 3.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks vs. VMI.
UVa Ranks Third in ACC in Pass Defense
• Virginia had one of the nation’s best pass defenses in 2009, and that trend has continued this year.
• The Cavaliers rank second in the ACC and 11th nationally with 165.43 passing yards allowed per game; Miami leads the ACC with 149.14 passing yards allowed per game.
• After giving up a season-high 339 passing yards to North Carolina, UVa bounced back by allowing just 64 last weekend.
• Only one other UVa opponent has eclipsed the 200-yard passing barrier (USC, 202).
• UVa allowed four passing TDs in the first five games before giving up three to UNC.
A First at Virginia: TD Off Fake Punt
• A former high school quarterback, punter Jimmy Howell tossed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Trey Womack on a fake punt against Eastern Michigan.
• It marked the first touchdown UVa has scored off a fake punt in modern school history (since 1945).
• Howell’s pass was the first completion by a Virginia punter since Tom Hagan’s 8-yard completion in 2002.
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