Virginia and Miami Set For Thursday Night Showdown on ESPN
Date: Oct. 27, 2011
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Sun Life Stadium
Playing Surface: Grass
Series vs. Miami: Virginia trails, 3-5
At Miami: Virginia trails, 1-2
Last Meeting: 2010 (Virginia 24, Miami 19 in Charlottesville, Va.)
Television: ESPN and ESPN 3D
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network (affiliates)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91 | XM 91
Live Stats: Click here for the link to the live stats page.
Note: Link available approximately 30 minutes before kick-off. Allow 1-2 minutes for it to load at start.
Rosters: Virginia | Miami
Game Notes: Virginia | Miami
Virginia and Miami Set For Thursday Night Showdown On ESPN
• Virginia and Miami will play a nationally televised game on Thursday night on ESPN. Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the game is one of 20 college football games this season being broadcast in 3D by ESPN.
Virginia vs. Miami
• This is the ninth meeting between the Coastal Division rivals, with Miami owning a 5-3 edge.
• Miami won the first three games of the series (1996, 2004, 2005), but Virginia holds a 3-2 advantage since.
• Since the Hurricanes’ arrival in the Atlantic Coast Conference (2004), Miami holds a slight 4-3 edge.
Series Results vs. Miami (3-5)
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
2010: @ Virginia 24, Miami 19
*1996 Carquest Bowl
• Miami head coach Al Golden was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Virginia from 2001-2005.
• Three players on the Cavaliers’ roster hail from the state of Florida – Robert Randolph (Naples, Fla.), Michael Strauss (Key Biscayne, Fla.) and Pablo Alvarez (Coral Gables, Fla.).
• Miami assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio was an assistant coach at Virginia from 2004-05.
London Facing Third Former Colleague In Al Golden
• UVa head coach Mike London has faced two head coaches this season (Jimmye Laycock of William & Mary and Tom O’Brien of NC State) that he has formerly worked with. Miami’s Al Golden and London were assistant coaches together at UVa from 2001-2004.
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 including nine first-round picks. Twenty-one Cavaliers and 22 Hurricanes went on to play in the NFL.
Virginia At Sun Life Stadium
• Virginia will be playing its fifth all-time contest in Sun Life Stadium, which is on its fourth name during that span.
• Virginia had losses in the 1994 Carquest Bowl (31-13 to Boston College) and 1996 Carquest Bowl (31-21 to Miami) when it was Joe Robbie Stadium.
• In the 1999 Micropnc.com Bowl, Virginia lost to
Illinois, 63-21, in Pro Player Stadium.
• In its last match-up at Miami, in Land Shark Stadium, Virginia dropped a 52-19 contest.
Virginia at NFL Stadiums
• UVa is 9-13 all-time in stadiums that at the time of the contest were active NFL stadiums. Eight of the 14 NFL stadiums UVa has played in are still active today. After winning four straight, UVa has lost its last three games in an NFL stadium.
Notable ‘Hoo Performances vs. Miami
• CB Chase Minnifield has recorded 25 percent (3-of-12) of his career INTs against Miami.
• However all three were snatched at Scott Stadium – one in 2008 and two in 2010.
• His two INT game in 2010 garnered him Co-ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors with teammate Corey Mosley and earned a Jim Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week honorable mention nod.
• Virginia’s last visit to Sun Life Stadium in 2009 is the only game over the past three seasons that UVa’s WR Kris Burd has not registered a reception. Since the start of the 2009 season when Burd became a starter, the Matoaca, Va., native has 123 receptions and 1,659 yards receiving.
• The 2009 Miami game, Burd’s lone receptionless contest as a starter, UVa managed only 75 passing yards and of the 11 completions, six were made by running backs.
Feast or Famine vs. Miami QBs
• UVa defense against the Hurricanes is feast or famine since Jacory Harris has been the starting QB at Miami.
• In the past three meetings, UVa has intercepted Miami signal callers seven times, however Harris has only been intercepted twice (2009 by Ras-I Dowling and 2010 by Chase Minnifield). Over those same games, Miami has tossed six TD passes.
• As a team, Virginia ranks 12th in the nation in pass defense, allowing 176 yards per game.