Hoos and Hokies Square Off for Commonwealth Cup at Noon Saturday
Venue: Lane Stadium
Playing Surface: Grass
Series vs. Tech: Virginia Tech leads, 49-37-5
In Blacksburg: Virginia Tech leads, 19-9-1
Last Meeting: 2009 (VT, 42-13)
Telecast: ACC Network (affiliates)
Radio: Virginia Sports Network (affiliates)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 214, XM 192
National Radio: ACC ISP Sports Network
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 Virginia Tech
Game Notes: Virginia Virginia Tech
Statistics: Virginia Virginia Tech
Virginia-Virginia Tech Rivalry
• Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 49-37-5 and has won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including six straight. Tech also has taken 13 of the teams’ last 17 games.
• Tech is 19-9-1 at home against Virginia, including a 13-6-1 mark inside Lane Stadium.
• The series began in 1895 with UVa gaining a 38-0 win in Charlottesville.
• UVa’s last win in Blacksburg came in 1998 (36-32); the Cavaliers have lost five straight at Lane Stadium. UVa dropped a 17-14 decision in its most recent visit to Tech in 2008.
• Virginia’s most recent victory in the series was a 35-21 win at home in 2003.
• The Hokies (91 games) are UVa’s second most-frequent opponent – UVa has played North Carolina 115 times.
Commonwealth Cup Up for Grabs
• The winner of this game claims the Commonwealth Cup for the next year.
• After holding the trophy following wins in 1997 and 1998, the Cavaliers have taken it just once since then (2003) with the Hokies winning 10 of the last 11 meetings.
• The award was started for the 1996 game between the two state foes, with the Hokies receiving the trophy for the first time with a 26-9 win.
• The cup is made of marble and cherry wood, stands four feet high and weighs more than 100 pounds.
• The scores of all 91 games in the rivalry are engraved on the sides of the trophy.
Coaches Familiar With Rivalry
• Four UVa coaches are veterans of the Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry.
• Shawn Moore, Anthony Poindexter and Ron Mattes all are Virginia alums.
• Moore quarterbacked the Cavaliers in wins over the Hokies in 1988 and 1989 but was sidelined with an injury prior to the loss in 1990.
• Poindexter was 2-2 during his tenure at defensive back from 1995-98, with wins over Tech in 1997 and 1998, although he was injured for the 36-32 victory in 1998 in Blacksburg.
• A letterwinner from 1981-84, Mattes was 1-3 against the Hokies, with a 26-23 win in his senior year.
• Head coach Mike London was a UVa assistant coach during the 2001-04 and 2006-07 seasons, with the Cavaliers going 1-5 during that span, including a victory in 2003.
• In addition, UVa graduate assistants Gordie Sammis, Brennan Schmidt and Josh Zidenberg all played for the Commonwealth Cup as Cavalier players.
• Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer was varsity defensive back for the Hokies from1966-68. He made his first start in Tech’s 1966 game against Virginia, a 24-7 Hokies’ victory.
32 is Virginia’s Magic Number
• Scoring plenty of points against the Hokies means good things for the Cavaliers.
• Virginia has scored at least 32 points in each of its last seven series wins dating back to 1989.
Virginia in Season Enders
• This game is the Cavaliers’ final contest of the 2010 season.
• UVa is 44-72-4 all-time in regular-season finales and has lost its last six.
• This is the fifth straight year and the 16th time in the last 20 seasons Virginia has closed the regular season against the Hokies.
Offenses On Display
• Two of the ACC’s top offenses will square off Saturday.
• Virginia ranks second in the ACC in total offense (415.2/game), while Virginia Tech is just behind in third (410.8/game).
• UVa ranks third in the conference in passing (269.5/game), while Tech stands second in rushing (212.4/game).
Noting the Burd/Inman Duo
• Virginia’s receiving duo of Kris Burd and Dontrelle Inman has combined to produce the best season for a UVa receiving tandem in school history.
• The two each have racked up 700 yards receiving – a first in Virginia history.
• They are one of 11 duos in FBS football this year with 700 yards receiving each.
• They are just the eighth ACC receiving duo in the last 10 years to post 700 receiving yards each in one year.
• Burd leads the team with 55 receptions for 752 yards and five touchdowns – he is sixth in the ACC with 68.4 receiving yards per game and fourth with 5.0 receptions per game.
• Inman ranks second on the team with 49 catches for 750 yards and three TDs – he is seventh in the ACC in receiving yards per game (68.2) and eighth in receptions per game (4.3).
• The duo is 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 (55) and WR Dontrelle Inman (49)
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)
Burd, Inman Move up Single-Season Receiving Ledger
• Kris Burd and Dontrelle Inman continue to move up the single-season Virginia receiving leader boards.
• Burd (752) ranks 12th and Inman (750) 13th in single-season receiving yards at UVa.
• Here is who’s directly ahead of them:
11. Deyon Williams, 2005, 767
10. Harrison Davis, 1973, 773
9. Billy Smith, 1983, 777
8. Terrence Wilkins, 1998, 811
7. Heath Miller, 2003, 835
6. Herman Moore, 1989, 848
Duo Also Climbing Receptions Chart
• Burd and Inman also are moving up the single-season receptions ledger at UVa.
• With 55 receptions Burd ranks eighth, while Inman is tied with Bill Davis (1971) for 13th with 49 catches.
• Burd needs three receptions to tie Wali Lundy (2002), Deyon Williams (2005) and Kevin Ogletree (2008) for fifth.
Two Or More ACC Receivers With 700-Plus Yards in Same Season (Since 2000)
Kris Burd (752)/Dontrelle Inman (750), UVa, 2010
Rod Owens (729)/Bert Reed (710), FSU, 2009
Donovan Varner (1047)/Conner Vernon, Duke,2009
Rich Gunnell (880)/Brandon Robinson (793)/Andre Callender (720), BC, 2007
Greg Carr (795)/Preston Parker (791)/De’Cody Fagg (758), FSU, 2007
Jerricho Cotchery (1369)/Tramain Hall (799), NCSU, 2003
Craphonso Thorpe (994)/P.K. Sam (735), FSU, 2003
Derrick Hamilton (1026)/Kevin Youngblood (897), CU, 2003
Two or More FBS Receivers with 700-Plus Yards in 2010
Greg Salas (1390)/Kealoha Pilares (1099), Hawaii
Jordan White (1134), Juan Nunez (827), W. Michigan
Vincent Brown (1113), DeMarco Sampson (1047), SDSU
Aldrick Robinson (1053), Cole Beasley (858), SMU
Dwayne Harris (998), Lance Lewis (825), ECU
Armon Binns (965), DJ Woods (872), Cincinnati
Jeff Fuller (959), Ryan Swope (760), Texas A&M
Randall Cobb (839), Chris Matthews (812), Kentucky
Patrick Edwards (923), James Cleveland (800), Houston
Marvin McNutt (752), Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (711), Iowa
Kris Burd (752), Dontrelle Inman (750), Virginia
Virginia Aims for Most Passing Yards in School History
• UVa has passed for 2,965 yards this year – third most in school history. UVa had 3,324 yards in 2003 (13 games) and 3,222 in 2002 (14 games).
• Virginia ranks third in the ACC in passing, with 269.5 yards per game.
• If that total holds it will mark Virginia’s most passing yards per game in school history.
• The current record is 255.7, set by the Matt Schaub-led Cavaliers in 2003.
• Virginia has passed for 19 touchdowns this year, more than doubling the 2009 total of eight.
• UVa passed for a school-record 417 yards at Duke.
• UVa threw for five TDs vs. VMI (9/25), marking the most in a game since UVa also threw five against Akron in 2002.
More on Verica in the Career Record Book
• Marc Verica (475) ranks third in career completions at Virginia.
• Against Maryland Verica passed Shawn Moore (421) for No. 3 on UVa’s career completions list; Moore currently is UVa’s wide receivers coach.
• Jameel Sewell is No. 2 on the list with 514 completions.
• Verica has recorded 221 completions this year –most ever by a UVa senior.
• Verica has thrown 22 career touchdown passes, which is tied for 11th in UVa history with Don Majkowski, Symmion Willis and Rufus Barkley.
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 (17 in 2002, 15 in 2007, 14 in 2003).
Cavaliers Buckle Down Against Sacks
• After allowing 17 sacks in the first 22 quarters this year, Virginia has allowed just two sacks in the last 22 quarters.
• Virginia had a streak of 13 sackless quarters broken in the fourth quarter vs. Duke.
• UVa had not given up a sack since the last play of the second quarter in the UNC game (39 drives total).
• This coincides with Morgan Moses joining the starting unit.