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UVA Opens ACC Play against Louisville
• The University of Virginia Cavaliers welcome the Louisville Cardinals to Scott Stadium on Saturday for Military Appreciation Day.
• The colors will be presented by a UVA ROTC Joint Color Guard consisting of cadets and midshipmen from the Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC units. Members of the UVA ROTC units will unfurl a large flag for the national anthem.
• A pregame flyover will be conducted by the United States Air Force.
Noting Virginia in ACC Openers
• Virginia begins its 65th season competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Saturday against Louisville.
• Virginia holds a 25-39 all-time record in conference openers.
• This is only the fifth season over the last 13 years that Virginia will open ACC play at Scott Stadium. During that span only the 2007 (Duke), 2010 (Florida State), 2014 (Louisville) and 2017 (Duke) seasons did UVA start ACC play in Charlottesville.
• This is the second time UVA has opened ACC play against Louisville since the Cardinals joined the league. UVA opened up 2014 ACC play with a 23-21 win over No. 21 Louisville at Scott Stadium.
Five Top Storylines
• Since Louisville joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014, UVA is hosting the Cardinals for the third time and is opening ACC play against UL for the second time.
• In the win over Ohio, UVA had a quarterback throw for 300+ yards, a running back rush for 100+ yards and a receiver record 100+ receiving yards for the first time since the 2011 Maryland game.
• For the first time in program history, UVA had three one-play scoring drives against Ohio (all in the first quarter). The 1990 Navy game UVA had two one-play scoring drives.
• HB Olamide Zaccheaus set a UVA single-game record with 247 receiving yards, breaking Ken Shelton’s previous record of 241 receiving yard set against William & Mary in 1974. Zaccheaus’ 247 receiving yards ties him with Randy Marriott of UNC (1987) for No. 10 on the ACC’s all-time ledger of single-game receiving yards.
• Zaccheaus has 177 career receptions. He needs 34 catches to break Billy McMullen’s UVA record of 210. With 23 receptions, Zaccheaus will become only the second player in program history to reach 200 career receptions.
More on the Louisville Series
• The two schools first met at Louisville in 1988, a 30-28 Cardinal win. Louisville kicker Ron Bell connected on a 39-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the game to give the Cardinals the triumph at Old Cardinal Stadium. UVA had led Louisville 28-14 after scoring on its opening drive of the second half, but Louisville scored 16 unanswered points to snatch the victory away from the Cavaliers.
• The tables were flipped when the series moved to Charlottesville in 1989. Jake McInerney kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift UVA over Louisville, 16-15.
• McInerney’s kick is one of two field goals in UVA history to win a game with zeros on the clock. The most recent was in 2011 when Robert Randolph chipped a 23-yard game-winner at Indiana.
• Shawn Moore gave UVA a 13-9 lead with his 4-yard passing strike to Herman Moore in the closing seconds before halftime. Louisville used two fourth-quarter field goals to build a 15-13 lead before McInerney’s heroics.
• On UVA’s game-winning drive, Moore orchestrated the offense on a 10-play, 60-yard drive, to set up McInerney’s field goal. The drive included a 25-yard quarterback draw by Moore as the UVA signal caller accumulated for 40 yards during the drive with his own legs.
• PK Ian Frye’s 42-yard field goal with 1:24 left won the game for the Cavaliers in 2014. Frye’s field goal is the third-longest game-winning field goal in UVA program history.
UVA’S YEARLY ACC ATLANTIC DIVISION FOE
• The ACC said so long to Maryland when Louisville joined the league on July 1, 2014. Maryland had served as UVA’s annual Atlantic Division crossover opponent every season since the ACC created the division format in 2005.
• Louisville not only takes Maryland’s spot in the Atlantic Division, but also serves as UVA’s annual crossover opponent.
UVA VS. TEAMS FROM THE BLUEGRASS STATE
• Virginia has played 10 games against teams from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
• UVA is 4-6 all-time against teams from the “Bluegrass State.”
• UVA played Centre College from Danville, Ky., at Lambeth Field in Charlottesville in 1919, a 49-7 loss.
• UVA played Kentucky in 1902, 1903 and 1930. The 1902 and 1930 games against the Wildcats were played in Lexington, Ky., while the 1903 meeting was in Charlottesville.
• Including the 1898 meeting in Louisville between UVA and Vanderbilt, UVA has played six all-time games in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
One-Play Scoring Drives are bountiful vs. Ohio
• For the first time in program history, UVA had three one-play scoring drives in one game.
• UVA scored on a Jordan Ellis 18-yard touchdown rush, an 86-yard Olamide Zaccheaus receiving touchdown and a 75-yard Ellis rushing touchdown.
• Only once before had UVA had multiple one-play scoring drives in the same game, which came against Navy in 1990. Those plays went for 55 and 54 yards.
• Zaccheaus’ 86-yard touchdown reception is the fourth-longest one-play scoring drive. Ellis’ 75-yard rushing touchdown is tied for No. 7 all-time among UVA’s one-play scoring drives. Another 75-yard score against Clemson in 1989 shares the spot, which was a Herman Moore receiving touchdown from Matt Blundin.
UVA collecting EXpolsive Plays in 2018
• UVA has three plays from scrimmage in 2018 that have gone for 75 yards or more, all touchdowns and all came against Ohio.
• Only the 1995 UVA team had as many plays from scrimmage go for 75 yards or more. All three of their plays also went for touchdowns.
• In 1995 Mike Groh found Demetrius “Pete” Allen in the Duke game for 82 yards. Groh later found Patrick Jeffers for 76 yards against Clemson. Tiki Barber rushed for an 81-yard touchdown against Michigan.
• Only the 1983, 2015 and 2016 teams had at least two in the same season.
Record-Setting Day for Zaccheaus against Ohio
• HB Olamide Zaccheaus helped UVA with a key non-conference win over the Ohio Bobcats in Nashville.
• Zaccheaus set a UVA single-game record with 247 receiving yards, breaking a 44-year old record by Ken Shelton who had 241 receiving yards against William & Mary.
• Zaccheaus’ 247 receiving yards ties him with Randy Marriott of UNC (1987) for No. 10 on the ACC’s all-time ledger of single-game receiving yards.
• Zaccheaus scored on scoring strikes from Bryce Perkins of 86 and 77 yards, which is the only time in program history that a team, let alone one player, recorded multiple receptions of 75 yards or more in the same game.
• Zaccheaus was the only player in program history to record multiple receptions of 80 yards or more. He now has three, two of which have come against MAC schools. Zaccheaus had an 82-yard receiving touchdown against Central Michigan in 2016 and an 81-yard touchdown reception at North Carolina in 2017.
Cavaliers Have Big First Half Against Ohio
• The Cavaliers scored 38 points in the first half against Ohio, which is the fourth-most points scored in a half in program history.
• It ties the 38 points, also scored in the first half, the Cavaliers scored against Duke in 1990.
Big Numbers for Ellis, Perkins and Zaccheaus
• In the win over Ohio, UVA had a quarterback (Perkins, 379), throw for 300+ yards, a running back (Ellis, 171) rush for 100+ yards and a receiver (Zaccheaus, 247) record 100+ receiving yards for the first time since the 2011 Maryland game.
• In the 2011 Maryland game Michael Rocco passed for 307 yards, Perry Jones rushed for 139 yards, while Kris Burd (112) and Tim Smith (101) each recorded over 100 yards receiving.
Perkins Showcases passing game against Ohio
• QB Bryce Perkins threw for a career-high 379 yards on 20-of-25 passing against the Ohio Bobcats. He became the 20th different Cavalier to pass for at least 300 yards in a game.
• His 379 yards are the sixth-most passing yards all-time in a game by a Cavalier.
• At one point Perkins completed 15 passes in a row against the Bobcats, which ranks No. 2 all-time at UVA for most completed passes in a row in a game. It also ties Shawn Moore for No. 2 all-time for career consecutive completions, who completed 15 passes over two games in 1989.
• Michael Rocco owns the record for most completions in a row with 18, doing so against Miami in 2012.