UVA Returns Home Saturday to Host Georgia Tech on Halloween
Oct. 26, 2015
|Virginia vs. Georgia Tech â€¢ #GTvsUVA
|Date/Time||Sat., Oct. 31, 2015 | 3 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Scott Stadium (61,500)|
|Television||RSN | Affiliates|
|Radio||Virginia Sports Radio Network | Satellite Radio — Sirius 119 | XM 194|
|@UVa_Football | @CoachMikeLondon | @VirginiaSports|
|Game Notes||Virginia | Georgia Tech | ACC | UVa Depth Chart|
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Coach London Monday Press Conference Transcript
Virginia Returns Home for Halloween ACC Match with Georgia Tech
â€¢ Virginia returns home to the Jeffersonian confines of Scott Stadium on Saturday to host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. and the game will be televised on regional sports networks. The game will air on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
â€¢ Virginia is playing on Halloween for the 16th time and for the first time since 2009 against Duke.
â€¢ Virginia is 6-9 all-time on Halloween and Saturday’s game is only the Cavaliers’ fourth Halloween game at Scott Stadium (1981, 1992, 2009).
Virginia vs. Georgia Tech
â€¢ The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series, 19-17-1, which dates back to 1965.
â€¢ The series has favored the home team historically. UVA is 10-4-1 all-time at Scott Stadium against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are 15-7 at Bobby Dodd Stadium against UVA.
Turnovers May Tell the Story
â€¢ Since 1982, Virginia is 9-3 vs. Georgia Tech when committing fewer turnovers. The losses were in 1991, 2010 and 2013.
â€¢ Georgia Tech is 8-4-1 during that span when committing fewer turnovers.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ In the last 10 meetings, Virginia has recorded 24 takeaways and turned them into 67 points.
â€¢ The Yellow Jackets have turned the ball over at least once in every game in the series since 2001 (25 total).
â€¢ Last time the Yellow Jackets came to Scott Stadium UVA forced Georgia Tech into five turnovers, two interceptions and three fumbles. UVA did not score any points off those Yellow Jacket turnovers. UVA punted three times, lost the ball on downs and the first half ended while UVA still was driving.
UVA Connections with Georgia Tech
â€¢ Four Cavaliers hail from the state of Georgia – Jordan Ellis (Suwanee), Darious Latimore (Lawrenceville), OT Eric Smith (Decatur) and DE Steven Wright (Waycross).
â€¢ UVA tight end Charlie Hopkins and Georgia Tech’s B-back Patrick Skov were teammates for a redshirt year and three subsequent seasons at Stanford. The last three seasons the close friends played for the Cardinal, they were roommates. Both graduated from Stanford during the summer of 2015 and transferred out of Stanford.
â€¢ UVA head coach Mike London and Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson are two of three active FBS head coaches who have won an NCAA title at the FCS level. London won with Richmond in 2008 and Johnson won with Georgia Southern in 1999 and 2000. The third current FBS head coach to win an FCS NCAA title as a head coach is Wyoming’s Craig Bohl, who won the 2011, 2012 and 2013 titles with North Dakota State.
â€¢ UVA’s associate head coach for defense and defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta was the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech from 2002-07.
â€¢ Georgia Tech offensive line coach Mike Sewak was a three-year letterwinner (1978-79-80) as an offensive lineman at Virginia for former head coach Dick Bestwick.
â€¢ Tenuta and Sewak were teammates from 1978-80 at UVA.
â€¢ UVA’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Larry Lewis coached together with Georgia Tech’s wide receivers coach Al “Buzz” Preston at Washington State for four seasons (1994-97).
Mizzell In a Unique Group Nationally
â€¢ RB Taquan Mizzell is one of three FBS players to lead his team in rushing yards (371), receptions (41) and receiving yards (466). San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey are the other two.
No Punt Returns for UVA
â€¢ Virginia, who leads the nation in punt return average at 26 yards per return, has not been able to return a punt for three games.
â€¢ UVA last returned punts (two) against Boise State.