Cavaliers Head North to Battle Boston College Saturday
Venue: Alumni Stadium
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
Series vs. BC: Boston College leads, 4-0
In Chestnut Hill: Boston College leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: 2009 (BC, 14-10)
Radio: Virginia Sports Network (affiliates)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 212, XM 190
Live Stats: Click here for the link to the LiveStats page. Note: Link available 30 minutes before kickoff. Allow 1-2 minutes for it to load at the start.
Rosters: Virginia Boston College
Game Notes: Virginia Boston College
Statistics: Virginia Boston College
Noting the Brief Virginia-Boston College Series
• This is just the fifth meeting between Boston College and Virginia and the third in ACC play.
• The Eagles own a 4-0 edge in the series, including a 2-0 mark since joining the ACC.
• BC won the first ACC contest between the teams, 28-17, in 2005 in Chestnut Hill.
• The teams are not slated to play again until 2014 in Charlottesville.
All-Time Series Results
1963 @ BC 30, UVa 21
1994 BC 31, UVa 13 (Carquest Bowl)
2005 @ BC 28, UVa 17
2009 BC 14, @ UVa 10
Boston College-Virginia Coaching Connections
• Both head coaches have connections with the opposing school.
• Virginia head coach Mike London worked as the defensive line coach at Boston College for four seasons from 1997-2000 and was a part of four bowl teams at BC.
• BC head coach Frank Spaziani served for nine years as a Virginia assistant coach (1982-90); he was the defensive backs coach during that time and also was defensive coordinator from 1985-90.
• Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid was defensive coordinator at BC in 1994.
• BC offensive coodinator Gary Tranquill was UVa’s offensive coordinator under George Welsh in 1999 and 2000.
Cavaliers Look to End November Doldrums
• November has not been kind to Virginia of late.
• Virginia has lost 12 straight games in the month, dating to a 48-0 win at Miami on Nov. 10, 2007.
• UVa lost all four of its November games in 2008 and 2009.
A Return to the Turf
• Virginia will be playing on FieldTurf for the first time this season.
• It marks the Cavaliers’ first game on a synthetic surface since Sept. 19, 2009, at Southern Miss and the first time in ACC play since Nov. 8, 2008 at Wake Forest.
• The surface is not foreign to UVa though – the Cavaliers have two FieldTurf surfaces on which they regularly practice.
Payne Trudges Up Record Books
• Keith Payne needs four yards rushing to become the 38th player all-time at UVa to reach 1,000 career rushing yards. He has 996 career rushing yards.
• Payne has 16 career rushing touchdowns – No. 16 all-time in the UVa annals.
Payne Leads ACC in Rushing Touchdowns
• Keith Payne has rushed for 14 touchdowns in UVa’s first 10 games, doubling Jameel Sewell’s team high of seven TDs last season.
• He leads the ACC in rushing touchdowns this year and owns all but two of UVa’s rushing TDs in 2010 (Max Milien and Robert Randolph have the others).
• It also is the third most rushing touchdowns by a UVa player in a single season in school history.
• Payne had his third straight two-touchdown day against Duke; he is the first UVa player to record three straight two-TD rushing games since Wali Lundy did so against Temple (4), Georgia Tech (2) and Virginia Tech (2) in 2005.
• 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).
UVa Single-Season Rushing TD Leaders
1. 18 – Gene Mayer, 1915
2. 17 – Wali Lundy, 2004
3. 14 – Keith Payne, 2010
4. 10 – Wali Lundy, 2005
10 – Alvin Pearman, 2004
Payne Ninth Nationally in Touchdowns
• Keith Payne has scored 15 touchdowns this season (14 rushing, one receiving).
• He leads the ACC and is tied for ninth nationally in touchdowns.
Cavaliers Spread the Wealth
• Virginia has used many options this year, as 14 different Cavaliers have scored a touchdown.
• TE Jeremiah Mathis became the 14th UVa player to record a TD with his 1-yard catch from Marc Verica against Maryland.
• That is tied for the third-most players to score a TD in a season at UVa since 2000.
Players With a TD in One Season (Since 2000)
1. 2002 – 17
2. 2007 – 15
3. 2010 – 14
2003 – 14
5. 2009, 2005 – 11
Plenty of Receiving Options
• Virginia has had 18 different receivers catch passes in 2010.
• That is the most at UVa since 19 different Cavaliers caught at least one pass in 1959.
• That season, four players caught only one pass compared to three this year.
• UVa had an opportunity to push its receiver total to 19 last week, but a Marc Verica pass intended for Bobby Smith fell incomplete.
Verica Moves Up UVa Career Passing Ledger
• With 2,347 yards passing this season, Marc Verica has moved into seventh place in career passing yards at Virginia with 4,540.
• Verica moved past Mike Groh (1992-95; 4,366) with his 265-yard outing last Saturday.
• Verica stands 337 yards behind sixth-place Marques Hagans (2002-05; 4,877).
More on Verica in the Career Record Book
• Marc Verica (444) passed Shawn Moore (421) for No. 3 on UVa’s career completions list last week. Jameel Sewell is No. 2 on the list with 514 completions.
• Verica has thrown 22 career touchdown passes, which is tied for 11th in UVa history with Don Majkowski, Symmion Willis and Rufus Barkley.
• Verica also is edging closer to the players below:
10. Matt Blundin (1988-91) 23
8. Jameel Sewell (2006-07, 2009) 24
Bobby Goodman (1990-92) 24
7. Marques Hagans (2002-05) 27
6. Dan Ellis (1997-2000) 28
Verica Racks Up Touchdowns
• Marc Verica has passed for a career-high 14 TDs this year.
• That total currently ranks as the third-most TDs in a season for a UVa QB since 2000.
• He needs three touchdowns to crack the top 10 in single-season passing TDs at Virginia.
Virginia Passing TDs in a Season (Since 2000)
1. Matt Schaub (2002) 22
2. Matt Schaub (2003) 18
3. Marc Verica (2010) 14
Marques Hagans (2005) 14
Noting the Burd-Inman Receiving Tandem
• Kris Burd leads the team with 47 receptions for 686 yards and five touchdowns – he is sixth in the ACC with 68.6 receiving yards per game and fourth with 4.7 receptions per game.
• Dontrelle Inman ranks second on the team with 41 catches for 654 yards and three TDs – he is eighth in the ACC in receiving yards per game (65.4) and ninth in receptions per game (4.1).
• Virginia has never had a pair of receivers with 700 yards receiving each in the same season.
• The duo is on the first UVa tandem to post at least 600 receiving yards each in a season since Herman Moore (848) and Bruce McGonnigal (634) in 1989 and just the third ever at UVa, joining Dave Sullivan (662) and Chuck Belic (613) in 1972.
Burd-Inman First UVa WR Duo to 40 Catches
• Burd and Inman also have become the first Virginia wide receiver duo to reach 40 receptions apiece in the same season.
• On four other occasions, at least two Virginia players reached 40 receptions in the same season, but this is the first time that both are wide receivers.
Two or More Players with 40+ Receptions in Season
2010 – WR Kris Burd (47) and WR Dontrelle Inman (41)
2008 – WR Kevin Ogletree (58), TE John Phillips (48) and RB Cedric Peerman (44)
2007 – RB Mikell Simpson (43) and TE Jonathan Stupar (40)
2003 – TE Heath Miller (70) and RB Alvin Pearman (63)
2002 – WR Billy McMullen (69) and TB Wali Lundy (58)
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