Virginia on A Big Ten Road Trip
• The University of Virginia faces Indiana on Saturday for the fourth time in school history, making its second all-time trip to Bloomington, Ind., and Memorial Stadium.
• The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
• You can listen to the game over the radio airwaves on the Virginia Sports Network.
• After winning its season opener, UVA is looking to start a season 2-0 for the first time since 2012 when the Cavaliers opened up with home wins over Richmond and Penn State.
Virginia vs. Indiana
• Virginia leads the all-time series with Indiana, 2-1.
• UVA defeated the Hoosiers at Scott Stadium by 40 points in 2009, 47-7. In UVA’s return trip to Bloomington in 2011 it took a Robert Randolph 23-yard field goal as time expired to escape with a 34-31 triumph.
• Randolph’s game-winning field goal is one of two all-time game-winning field goals for the Cavaliers that came as time expired. Jake McInerney’s 37-yard field goal against Louisville in 1989 is the other.
Five Top Storylines
• Virginia will be playing in the state of Indiana for the third time in program history and for the first time since Sept. 10, 2011 when UVA overcame an 8-point deficit with 6:34 remaining, winning on Randolph’s 23-yard field goal the last time the Cavaliers visited Memorial Stadium. UVA’s first game in the state of Indiana came on Sept. 21, 1968 at No. 1 Purdue, which resulted in a 44-6 loss.
• Saturday’s game serves as UVA’s ninth all-time contest against a school from the state of Indiana. The Cavaliers own a 3-5 record against the state: Ball State (0-1) Indiana (2-1), Purdue (1-1) and Notre Dame (0-2).
• Virginia’s defense held Richmond without an offensive touchdown in Week 1. It was the first time UVA’s defense did not let an opponent score an offensive touchdown since shutting out VMI, 49-0, in 2013.
• For the first time in program history, UVA had a quarterback run for 100+ yards, a second player rush for 100+ yards and a receiver collect 100+ receiving yards in a game. Against Richmond QB Bryce Perkins rushed for 108 yards, TB Jordan Ellis rushed for 146 yards and HB Olamide Zaccheaus recorded 101 receiving yards.
• Zaccheaus has163 career receptions. He needs 48 catches to break Billy McMullen’s UVA record of 210. With 37 receptions, Zaccheaus will become only the second player in program history to reach 200 career receptions.
Virginia vs. The Big Ten
• In all-time meetings with schools currently in the Big Ten, UVA is 41-58-2.
• Seventy eight of those meetings came against
Maryland (32-44-2), a former ACC rival.
• Saturday’s game is only the 18th time UVA has faced an active member of the Big Ten. UVA is 7-10 in those games.
• Virginia’s wins over the Big Ten include a 47-0 triumph over the University of Chicago in 1939 (Chicago left the conference a year later). It was UVA’s first Big Ten win.
• Virginia is 1-0 vs. Chicago and Minnesota, 2-1 vs. Indiana, 2-1 vs. Penn State (Big Ten member only), 1-1 vs. Purdue, 0-3 vs. Michigan, 0-2 vs. Illinois, 0-1 vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin.
• UVA’s four-game winning streak against the Big Ten, dating back to the 2005 Music City Bowl, was snapped last season when Indiana beat UVA, 34-17, at Scott Stadium. The streak started with a 34-31 Music City Bowl win over Minnesota and included wins over Indiana in 2009 and 2011, followed by a 2012 win over Penn State. • There are more Big Ten games on the horizon for UVA: UVA has a future series slated with Illinois, starting in Charlottesville on Sept. 11, 2021 and Champaign on Sept. 10, 2022.
• The Cavaliers will renew their old ACC rivalry with Maryland, starting in College Park on Sept. 16, 2023. The Terps will return the visit on Sept. 14, 2024 at Scott Stadium.
More on the UVA-IU Series
• Indiana’s only two all-time games in the Commonwealth of Virginia have come at UVA’s Scott Stadium. Its first trip to Scott Stadium in 2009 was the first, followed by the 2017 meeting.
• In UVA’s 47-7 triumph in the 2009 meeting, the Cavaliers were led by Jameel Sewell, who was 20-of-30 passing for 308 yards and one score. He also rushed for 29 yards and another score.
• Mikell Simpson led UVA with four rushing touchdowns on 15 carries and 83 rushing yards.
• Eight Cavaliers made receptions, led by Vic Hall’s six for 85 yards and a score.
• Ras-I Dowling made nine tackles, one interception and one sack to lead the UVA defense.
• Rodney McLeod picked up one fumble and returned it 32 yards, setting up UVA’s first score of the game, a five-yard rushing touchdown by Simpson.
Last time In Bloomington
• The last time these two teams met at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson ripped the ball right out of Edward Wright-Baker’s hands with 1:13 left, setting up a 23-yard field goal from Robert Randolph to give the Cavaliers a 34-31 come-from-behind win at Indiana.
• Indiana seemed poised to give Hoosier head coach Kevin Wilson his first victory at IU after rallying from a 20-point second half deficit by turning three late turnovers into three touchdowns and 31-23 lead with just 6:34 to play. Virginia, however, had the answer.
• The Cavaliers drove down the field, getting a 3-yard touchdown run from Perry Jones to close to 31-29. Michael Rocco connected with tight end Paul Freedman, who twisted his way into the end zone for the tying 2-point conversion. It still was not over.
• Indiana got the ball back with 1:36 and was playing to win in regulation. But on third-and-3 from the Hoosiers’ 23, Wright-Baker took a seven-step drop and had barely set up in the pocket when the untouched Johnson raced around the corner. Wright-Baker never saw Johnson, who stripped the ball as both players fell to the ground at the Indiana 14.
• Four plays later, Randolph trotted onto the field and lined up between the hash marks for the winning kick.
UVA Wins Back-to-back Season Openers
• With its season-opening win against Richmond, UVA has won back-to-back season openers for the first time since winning four straight from 2010-13. UVA is 82-38-9 all-time in season openers.
• UVA defeated William & Mary to open the 2017 season.
A Program First Against Richmond
• For the first time in program history, UVA had a quarterback run for at least 100 yards, a second player rush for at least 100 yards and a receiver collect at least 100 receiving yards in a game. Against Richmond QB Bryce Perkins rushed for 108 yards, TB Jordan Ellis rushed for 146 yards and HB Olamide Zaccheaus recorded 101 receiving yards.
• Perkins is only the 13th UVA quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game. In the previous 12 games where a UVA quarterback rushed for 100+ yards there has never been a receiver catch 100+ yards, let alone having a second Cavalier also rush for 100+ yards.
• Twice before UVA had a quarterback rush for a 100+ yards, while another Cavalier also rushed for 100+ yards: 1967 vs. Buffalo (Frank Quayle, 151 and QB Gene Arnette, 119); 1975 vs. Maryland (QB Scott Gardner, 120 and Billy Copeland, 100).
True Freshman Starting on the Defensive Line
• Against Richmond, NT Jordan Redmond became the first UVA true freshman to start a season opener on the defensive line since 2002 when DE Kwakou Robinson started against Colorado State. He is only the fourth UVA freshman (true or redshirt) since 1986 to start a season opener on the defensive line. The others are DE Matt Conrath (RS-Fr., 2008 vs. USC) and NT Tim O’Conner (RS-Fr., 1986 vs. South Carolina).