Nov. 13, 2017
|Virginia at Miami – #UVAvsMIA
|Date/Time||Sat., Nov. 18, 2017 | 12 p.m.|
|Location||Miami Gardens, Fla. | Hard Rock Stadium (64,767)|
|Radio||Virginia Sports Radio Network |
Satellite Radio — Sirius 81 | XM 81
|@UVA_Football | @UVACoachBronco | @VirginiaSports|
|Game Notes||Virginia | Miami | ACC | UVA Depth Chart|
Cavaliers Head to South Florida
– UVA plays its final regular season road game on Saturday when the Cavaliers head to South Florida to face the Miami Hurricanes in an ACC Coastal Division showdown.
Virginia vs. Miami
– This is the 15th meeting between the Coastal Division rivals. With UVA winning four of the last seven meetings, Miami leads the series by two games, 8-6.
– Miami won the first three games in the series (1996, 2004, 2005), but UVA holds a narrow 6-5 advantage since.
– Since the Hurricanes’ arrival in the Atlantic Coast Conference (2004), Miami leads the series narrowly, 7-6.
Five Top Storylines
– Saturday marks the 11th anniversary of UVA’s first all-time win over Miami. The Cavaliers topped Larry Coker’s Hurricanes at Scott Stadium, 17-7, courtesy of two Jameel Sewell rushing touchdowns and his 217 yards passing.
– Saturday is the sixth time UVA will play an Associated Press team ranked No. 2 or higher on the road and first since 2014 at then-No. 2 Florida State. UVA is 0-5 all-time in those games, which includes playing at No. 1 Army (1958), No. 1 Purdue (1968) and No. 1 Florida State (1993). The other game was a neutral meeting with then-No. 2 Notre Dame in 1989.
– FS Quin Blanding needs three tackles to make UVA the only school in the nation with two players with at least 100 tackles this season. ILB Micah Kiser leads the ACC with 106. UVA is the only school with three players in the Top 110 in tackles as ILB Jordan Mack is No. 6 in the ACC and No. 33 in the nation with 88 stops.
– FS Quin Blanding is UVA’s all-time tackle leader with 454 career stops. He currently ranks No. 18 all-time in ACC history in tackles and needs 13 tackles to pass UNC’s Dexter Reid (2000-03) for the most career tackles in ACC history by a defensive back. Reid is currently No. 14 all-time in the ACC in career tackles with 466.
– HB Olamide Zaccheaus has 70 catches through 10 games. He is tied with Heath Miller (2003)for No. 3 on UVA’s single-season reception list. Zaccheaus needs six catches to pass former teammate Taquan Mizzell‘s 2015 season (75), which ranks No. 2 all-time at UVA. Billy McMullen (2001) is the UVA single-season reception leader with 83.
More on the UVA-Miami Series
– The first match-up occurred in the 1996 Carquest Bowl at then-Joe Robbie Stadium, a 31-21 victory by Miami.
– 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 NFL teams (11 UVA, 9 Miami). The group of NFL draftees included nine first-round picks. Twenty-one Cavaliers and 22 Hurricanes went on to play in the NFL.
UVA First School to Accomplish This Florida Feat
– UVA’s trip to then-Sun Life Stadium in 2011 resulted in the Cavaliers’ 28-21 victory. The win set the table for Virginia to become the first program in college football history to win road games at Miami and Florida State in the same season. UVA later won in 2011 at then-No. 23 FSU, 14-13.
– UVA was the only team in college football history to accomplish the feat until North Carolina did so in 2016.
– Florida State and Miami have brough eight combined national titles to the Sunshine State.
Last-Second Heroics in 2012
-The 2012 game at Scott Stadium saw last-second heroics by the Cavaliers.
– Michael Rocco tossed a 10-yard pass to Jake McGee in the back of the end zone with six seconds left to beat Miami, 41-40 at Scott Stadium. The touchdown capped a 10-point, fourth quarter deficit.
– Rocco was 29-of-37 for 300 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
– McGee had four catches for 26 yards including the game-winning score.
– WR Dominique Terrell had a career day in the 2012 meeting with nine catches for 127 yards.
– The victory serves as the most recent UVA “last-minute win,” which means the winning score came with 60 seconds or less remaining in the game.
UVA vs. AP Top 5
– Ranked No. 2 this week by the Associated Press, Miami is the 25th Top 5 team the Cavaliers have faced in program history and the first since then-No. 5 Louisville in 2016.
– UVA is 2-22-1 all-time against the AP Top 5. Both wins (1995, 2005) came against Florida State at home.
– UVA is 0-13 all-time on the road against the AP Top 5, including 0-5 in the state of Florida (all five games at Florida State).
– UVA’s last road game at an AP Top 5 team was in 2014 when the Cavaliers traveled to then-No. 2 Florida State.
– Miami is the highest ranked opponent UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall has faced since his 2009 BYU team beat then-No. 3 Oklahoma.
– Mendenhall is 1-3 all-time against the AP Top 5. It is the fifth time Mendenhall has faced an AP Top 5 team in his career. After his 2009 win over Oklahoma, he lost at then-No. 5 TCU in 2010, lost the 2012 game at Notre Dame and on a last-second score by then-No. 5 Louisville in 2016.
Virginia at NFL Stadiums
– Virginia is 10-19 all-time in stadiums that at the time of the contest were active NFL stadiums.
– Seven of the 14 NFL stadiums UVA has played in are still active today.
– Since UVA’s 28-21 win at Miami in 2011, the Cavaliers have lost their last six games in NFL stadiums, including three times at Pitt (Heinz Field) and twice at Miami (Hard Rock Stadium). The streak started in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl (Georgia Dome).