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Virginia Game Notes

Virginia 20, North Carolina 14

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Kenan Stadium

Team Notes

– Today was the 122nd meeting between UVA and UNC, the South’s Oldest Rivalry

– UVA is now 55-63-4 all-time against North Carolina

– UVA’s win snaps a seven-game losing streak in the series, dating back to 2009

– UVA is 5-1 for the first time since the 2007 season (started 7-1)

– UVA is 2-0 to start ACC play for the first time since the 2014 season and fourth time since the 2007 season (started 4-0)

Olamide Zaccheaus’ 81-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter is the fourth-longest one-play scoring drive in program history

Ross Gardner (WR) made his collegiate debut on the opening kick return of the game

– On offense, Terrell Jana (WR) and Jamari Peacock (FB) made their first career starts

Offensive Player Notes

– With 136 rushing yards on 27 carries, Jordan Ellis (TB) recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game

– With five catches, Olamide Zaccehaus (HB) extended his active game streak with at least one catch to 22 games

– Zaccheaus moves his career total for receptions to 115, passing Herman Moore (114) and Wali Lundy (114) for No. 12 all-time at UVA

– Zaccheaus finished with 100 yards receiving, which is his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and third of his career

Evan Butts (TE) scored his first touchdown of the season (fifth of his career) in the second quarter on a 10-yard pass from Kurt Benkert

– With 249 passing yards, Kurt Benkert has 4,232 for his career, which ranks No. 11 all-time at UVA. Benkert is one yard shy of No. 10 (Matt Johns)

Defensive Player Notes

Bryce Hall (CB) collected his first interception of the season in the second quarter and third of his career

– Hall’s interception was his first since snagging two at Duke in 2016

– Hall’s return of 36 yards on the interception was a career long

Chris Moore (DB) secured his first career interception in the third quarter

Brenton Nelson (SS) secured his team-leading third interception of the season in the third quarter

– With 10 tackles Quin Blanding (FS) now has 22 double-digit tackle games in 42 career games

– Blanding now has 419 career tackles, ranking No. 29 in ACC history, tied with Duke’s Darrell Spells

Special Teams Player Notes

A.J. Mejia’s 20-yard field goal in the second quarter was the first field goal attempt by UVA since he nailed a 28-yarder against UConn on Sept. 16

– Mejia added a 27-yard field goal for his first game with at least two field goals.

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