Cavaliers Open Season Against William & Mary Saturday
Date: Sept. 3, 2011
Venue: David A. Harrison Field at Scott Stadium
Playing surface: Grass
Series vs. W&M: Virginia leads, 26-6-1
In Charlottesville: Virginia leads, 20-4
Last Meeting: 2009 (W&M 26, UVa 14)
Radio: Virginia Sports Network (affiliates)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 131, XM 191
Live Stats: VirginiaSports.com
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Rosters: Virginia | William & Mary
Game Notes: Virginia | William & Mary
Virginia Opens 122nd Season of Football
- The University of Virginia commences its 122nd season of football Saturday against William & Mary.
- UVa will be playing its 81st season in Scott Stadium, which opened Oct. 15, 1931, against VMI.
- UVa is 77-35-9 (.674) all-time in season openers.
- The Cavaliers are 71-19-7 (.766) in home openers and have won 14 of their last 17 openers in Scott Stadium.
- UVa snapped a string of four-consecutive season-opening losses with last year’s 34-13 home win over Richmond in its season-opener.
- In his career as a head coach, Mike London has won all three of his season-openers: 2008 at Elon and 2009 at Duke while at Richmond and 2010 vs. Richmond while at Virginia.
Virginia vs. William & Mary
- UVa leads the all-time series with William & Mary, 26-6-1.
- The Tribe won the last meeting, 26-14, in 2009 at Scott Stadium.
- In games played in Charlottesville, Virginia has a 20-4 advantage.
Head coach Mike London vs. William & Mary, CAA
- Mike London is 2-0 all-time vs. William & Mary, with both wins coming while he was the head coach at Richmond.
- Both of London’s wins were by three points – 23-20 (OT) in 2008 and 13-10 in 2009.
- London is 14-3 all-time vs. the CAA and 7-3 all-time against FCS ranked CAA foes.
Virginia-William & Mary Connections
- UVa head coach Mike London’s first full-time job was coaching the defensive line at William & Mary (1991-94) under current Tribe head coach Jimmye Laycock.
- During his tenure with the Tribe, London met his wife Regina at a Williamsburg, Va., bank while depositing a paycheck from William & Mary.
- Running backs coach Mike Faragalli was the wide receivers coach at William & Mary from 1982-84
- W&M tight ends coach Mike Godsil was the starting center at Liberty for the three seasons that current UVa offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim was the Flames’ offensive coordinator. Godsil was teammates at LU with the older brothers of UVa’s WR Dominique Terrell (Zach) and QB Michael Rocco (Chris.)
London Looks To Win Back-To-Back Season Openers as Head Coach of UVa
- Mike London is looking to become the fourth UVa coach since 1931 to win his debut as head coach of the Cavaliers and then win the season-opening game the following year – all three defeated an in-state opponent.
- The full list: Fred Dawson (1931 vs. Roanoke, 1932 vs. Hampden-Sydney), Art Guepe (1946 vs. Hampden-Sydney, 1947 vs. George Washington), Bill Elias (1961 vs. W&M, 1962 vs. W&M).
Last Meeting: 2009 (W&M 26, UVa 14)
- The Tribe forced seven Virginia turnovers, including three interceptions from then-freshman cornerback B.W. Webb, and William & Mary came away with a 26-14 victory.
- The loss was Virginia’s first to a Football Championship Subdivision school since 1986, when it lost 41-37 to the Tribe.
- Virginia led 14-13 at the half, but was outscored 13-0 in the final two periods.
- William & Mary scored the game’s final 20 points.
Season-Openers vs. In-State Foes
- 2011 is the 34th season UVa has hosted a Commonwealth team in Scott Stadium’s first game of the year
- Playing in the season-opener against UVa, William & Mary will have been the team nine times out of those 34 games
- Hampden-Sydney leads all Commonwealth teams in those 34 seasons with 11 appearances
- Including playing the very first game in Scott Stadium on Oct. 15, 1931, VMI has made seven appearances
Sixteen Returning Starters
- The 2011 roster features 16 returning starters (eight on defense, eight on offense).
- Virginia has had at least 10 returning starters every year since 1998.
- Overall, UVa welcomes 39 lettermen back.