UVA and Georgia Tech Meet in Atlanta
• Virginia hits the road on Saturday to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by regional sports networks, which is NBC Sports Washington in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
• For the second time in three seasons, UVA will conclude the regular season at Georgia Tech, followed by a road trip to Virginia Tech. UVA had the same schedule to conclude 2016.
Virginia vs. Georgia Tech
• The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series, 20-19-1, which dates back to 1965.
• The series has favored the home team historically. The Cavaliers are 12-4-1 all-time at Scott Stadium against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are 16-7 all-time against UVA at Bobb Dodd Stadium.
• Virginia has won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Yellow Jackets at Scott Stadium. The first eight wins by UVA over that span were by an average of 13.4 points, while the last three were by an average of four points.
Five Top Storylines
• Virginia is looking for its first win at Bobby Dodd Stadium since 2008 when the Cavaliers left Atlanta with a 24-17 victory.
• SS Juan Thornhill is tied for No. 3 in the nation and tied for No. 2 in the ACC with five
interceptions. His 12 career interceptions are No. 2 among active FBS players (Jalen Young, FAU, 13) and he is tied for No. 7 all-time on the UVA career ledger.
• OLB Chris Peace leads the ACC’s linebackers with 6.0 sacks and is tied for No. 9 among the nation’s linebackers. Peace is No. 2 in the ACC in TFLs by a linebacker with 10.0.
• HB Olamide Zaccheaus, UVA’s all-time career reception leader, is climbing the ACC’s all-time reception list coming in at No. 12 with 224 career catches. Zaccheaus is also No. 3 among all active FBS players in career receptions, trailing Fresno State’s Keesean Johnson (250) and Duke’s T.J. Rahming (231).
• QB Bryce Perkins is responsible for 158 points (18 passing TDs, 8 rushing TDs & 1 Pass 2pt.) which ranks No. 1 in the ACC and No. 18 in the nation.
Turnovers May Tell the Story
• Since 1982, Virginia is 10-3 vs. Georgia Tech when committing fewer turnovers. The losses were in 1991, 2010 and 2013.
• Georgia Tech is 9-4-1 during that span when committing fewer turnovers.
• There have been eight games since 1982 (’82, ’87, ’98, ’02, ’05, ’08, ’09, ’17) where the teams had equal turnovers; UVA won in 1987, 2005, 2008 and 2017.
• In the last 13 meetings, Virginia has recorded 28 takeaways and turned them into 84 points.
• The Yellow Jackets turned the ball over at least once in every game in the series from 2001-15 (27 total), snapping the turnover streak in 2016 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. GT started a new streak at Scott Stadium in 2017.
• The Yellow Jackets have committed 10 turnovers in the last five meetings against UVA, including five during the 2013 meeting.
Mendenhall No Stranger to GT Option
• Bronco Mendenhall and his staff are facing the option attack from Georgia Tech for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.
• Mendenhall and his BYU teams in 2012 and 2013 defeated Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech squads. The 2012 meeting in Atlanta was a 41-17 BYU win, followed by a 38-20 triumph in Provo in 2013.
• In Mendenhall’s first season at the helm, Virginia was leading, 10-7, at halftime, but fell late at Georgia Tech in 2016. UVA topped Georgia Tech at home in 2017, 40-36, making the Cavaliers bowl eligible for the first time since 2011.
UVA-Georgia Tech Connections
• Seven Cavaliers hail from the state of Georgia – FS Joey Blount (Atlanta), TB Jordan Ellis (Suwanee), OL Tyler Fannin (Hoschton), LB T.C. Harrison (Lawrenceville), ILB Jordan Mack (Lithonia), CB Heskin Smith (Brunswick), OLB Robert Snyder (Lawrenceville).
• 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.
• Georgia Tech’s graduate assistant coach Tyson Wachenheim is the son of former UVA offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim. He graduated rom Monticello HS in Charlottesville.
Thornhill Climbs UVA Career Interceptions List
• SS Juan Thornhill has 12 career interceptions, which puts him in a four-way tie for No. 7 at UVA with Bryan Shumock, Joe Crocker and Anthony Poindexter.
• Chase Minnifield sits at No. 6 with 13 career interceptions.
Dubois Is “Clutch City” on Third Down
• WR Hasise Dubois has been one of Bryce Perkins’ main targets on third down, catching 15 passes on third down with 11 going for a first down and two for touchdowns.
• Overall, of Dubois’ 39 receptions 24 have gone for a first down and three for touchdowns.
Dubois In Midst of Breakout Season
• WR Hasise Dubois is enjoying a breakout season. He currently has 39 receptions for 417 yards and three touchdowns.
• Through the first six games of 2018 he had 26 receptions for 279 yards and two scores. Those numbers already surpassed his combined career numbers from 2016 and 2017 entering this season.
• During his first two years on Grounds, he had 24 combined catches for 219 yards and one touchdown.
• He enters Saturday with 63 career receptions for 636 yards and four scores.
Perkins On Point When it is Third Down
• QB Bryce Perkins is 40-of-61 (65 percent) on third-down passing with 28 first downs and seven touchdowns.
• When its 3rd and middle (4-7 yards), Perkins is 12-of-13 (92.3) passing with 11 first downs and one touchdown.
• When its 3rd and long (8+ yards), Perkins is 25-of-42 (60.0) passing with 15 first downs and four touchdowns.
• With his legs, Perkins averages 8.0 yards per rush on third down and has tallied 14 first downs and four touchdowns.