Virginia Hosts No. 12 Georgia Tech on Homecomings
Date: Oct. 15, 2011
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Venue: David A. Harrison Field at Scott Stadium
Playing Surface: Grass
Series vs. Georgia Tech: 16-16-1
In Charlottesville: UVa leads, 9-3-1
Last Meeting: 2010 (Georgia Tech 33, UVa 21)
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network (affiliates)
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Rosters: Virginia | Georgia Tech
Game Notes: Virginia | Georgia Tech
Virginia Hosts Georgia Tech on Homecomings
• The Virginia football team plays the third contest of a four-game homestand with a Saturday, Oct. 15, meeting vs. Georgia Tech at Scott Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., and will be televised by ESPNU. The Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 12 this week in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.
Virginia vs. Georgia Tech
• The Virginia vs. Georgia Tech all-time series is deadlocked at 16-16-1.
• The programs have met every season since 1982, with the home team winning 13 of the last 16 meetings.
• In games played in Charlottesville, Virginia has a 9-3-1 advantage. Georgia Tech’s win in 2009 was its first in Scott Stadium since Nov. 3, 1990.
Turnovers May Tell The Story
• Since 1982, Virginia is 9-2 vs. Georgia Tech when committing fewer turnovers. The losses were in 1991 and 2010.
• Georgia Tech is 6-4-1 during that span when committing fewer turnovers.
• There have been seven games since 1982 (‘82, ‘87, ‘98, ‘02, ‘05, ‘08, ‘09) where the teams had equal turnovers; UVa won in 1987, 2005 and 2008.
• In the last seven meetings, Virginia has recorded 17 takeaways and turned them into 57 points.
• The Yellow Jackets have turned the ball over at least once in every game since 2001 (18 total).
UVa-Georgia Tech Connections
• Three Cavaliers hail from the state of Georgia – redshirt freshman WR Miles Gooch (Decatur), freshman OLB D.J. Hill (Covington) and freshman LB Justin Olderman (Atlanta).
• Georgia Tech’s second-year defensive coordinator, Al Groh, was the head coach at Virginia for nine seasons (2001-2009) and compiled a 59-53 record during that time. Groh is a 1967 graduate of the University.
Jones and Rocco Reach Milestones
• TB Perry Jones became the 40th Cavalier in program history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau for a career last week against Idaho. He now has 1,020 rushing yards.
• Also against Idaho, QB Michael Rocco became the 33rd Cavalier to reach the 1,000-yard (passing) plateau for a career. Rocco has amassed 1,175 yards in 11-career games for UVa.
Noting Jones As A Receiver
• Against Idaho, Jones set a new career-high with seven receptions. Jones finished the 2010 season with 31 receptions for 224 yards. Five games into the 2011 season, he has 24 catches for 199 yards.
Rocco’s 200-yard Games
• Sophomore QB Michael Rocco became the 35th Cavalier in school history to post a 200-yard passing game at North Carolina (Sept. 17) with 287 passing yards and followed it up on Oct. 1 vs. Idaho with 240 passing yards.
• Rocco is connecting on 73.8 percent (31-of-42) of his passes on third and fourth down, including a perfect 3-of-3 on fourth downs where UVa’s eight conversions rank the third-most in the nation.
Watford Climbing True Freshman Passing Leaderboards
• David Watford ranks No. 3 all-time in the UVa annals for passing attempts by a true freshman and No. 5 in UVa true freshman passing yards.
Passing Attempts by a UVa True Freshman
Rank Attempts True Freshman – Year
1 115 Scott Gardner – 1972
2 61 Peter Lalich – 2007
3 50 David Watford – 2011
Passing Yards by a UVa True Freshman
Rank Passing Yards True Freshman – Year
1 640 Scott Gardner – 1972
2 354 Todd Kirtley – 1978
3 321 Peter Lalich – 2007
4 252 Dan Ellis – 1997
5 240 David Watford – 2011
• Schools as of Oct. 4, 2011, that have been playing a two-quarterback rotation:
Louisville – Will Stein (Jr.) and Teddy Bridgewater (Fr.)
Minnesota – MarQueis Gray (Jr.) and Max Shortell (Fr.)
Nevada – Tyler Lantrip (Sr.) and Cody Fajardo (Fr.)
Penn State – Rob Bolden (So.) and Matt McGloin (Jr.)
Purdue – Caleb TerBush (Jr.) and Robert Marve (Sr.)
Texas – Case McCoy (So.) and David Ash (Fr.)
Virginia – Michael Rocco (So.) and David Watford (Fr.)
Kris Burd Moving Up Receiving Charts
• Kris Burd now ranks No. 8 all-time in the UVa annals in career receiving yards with 1,650.
• Burd has made at least once catch in 28 of the last 29 games for the Cavaliers. The only game in the streak where Burd did not make a reception was the 2009 contest at Miami where UVa had only 75 passing yards.
• Next up for Burd on the all-time UVa receiving list:
Rank Name (Years Played) Receiving Yards
5 Germane Crowell (1994-97) 2,142
6 Patrick Jeffers (1992-95) 1,785
7 Heath Miller (2002-04) 1,703
8 Kris Burd (2008-present) 1,650
• Burd is also in UVa’s top 10 for career receptions (No. 5, 126 receptions).
• Next up for Burd on the all-time UVa receptions list:
Rank Name (Years Played) Receptions
1 Billy McMullen (1999-01) 210
2 Heath Miller (2002-04) 144
3 Alvin Pearman (2001-04) 138
4 John Ford (1984, 1986-88) 128
5 Kris Burd (2008-present) 126
Burd’s 100-yard Games
• Kris Burd registered the sixth 100-yard receiving game of his career and second of 2011 vs. Idaho (Oct. 1).
• With six career 100-yard receiving games, Burd is alone in sixth place on the all-time UVa list.
• Burd needs one more 100-yard receiving game to match John Ford (1984-88) and Terrence Wilkins (1995-98) with seven-career 100-yard games.
First Down Stats
• Of Kris Burd’s 30 receptions on the season, 22 have resulted in a first down. That is a rate of 73.3 percent.
• Eight of those first down receptions by Burd came while the Cavaliers were already in a first down situation.
• Matt Snyder is recording first downs at a slightly better rate. The captain has 19 catches and 15 of them have resulted in a first down for a 78.9 rate.
• Burd, Snyder and Perry Jones make up a trio threat on third downs, each lead the team with six catches that resulted in a first down or a touchdown.
More On First Downs
• UVa has 119 first downs on offense the most in the ACC, which also ranks No. 12 nationally.
• UVa’s opponents are averaging only 16.4 first downs a game, which ranks as the third-fewest in the ACC and No. 24 nationally.
John St. Clair To Have Jersey Retired at Georgia Tech Game
• John St. Clair will have his jersey retired at the Georgia Tech game (Oct. 15). He joins Elton Brown as a 2011 honoree, whose jersey was retired Sept. 24 vs. Southern Miss.
• St. Clair became the first center in school history to earn first-team All-America distinction in 1999.