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Cavaliers Host ACC-Foe Georgia Tech
• Virginia returns to Scott Stadium on Saturday to host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Homecomings. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by regional sports networks, which is NBC Sports Washington in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
It is Homecomings in Charlottesville
• Saturday is Homecomings at UVA and the Cavaliers own a 47-45-2 (.511) all-time Homecomings record.
• UVA is looking to win a Homecomings game for the second year in a row after beating then-No. 16 Miami, 16-13, last season.
Virginia vs. Georgia Tech
• The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series, 21-19-1, 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 17-7 all-time against UVA at Bobby 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 bowl-eligible for the third year in a row. It is the first time UVA is bowl-eligible in back-to-back-to-back seasons since going to four bowls in a row (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005).
• QB Bryce Perkins was electric at North Carolina last time out. He became only the fifth quarterback in FBS football since 2000 to pass for 350+ yards (378), rush for 100+ yards (112), throw for 3+ touchdowns (3) and rush for 2+ touchdowns (2) against a “Power-5” opponent. He joins two other former ACC quarterbacks on that list as Tajh Boyd (Clemson) and Lamar Jackson (Louisville) also accomplished the feat. Overall 12 FBS players have accomplished the feat and Perkins’ 76.9 passing percentage is the highest on the list, 6.3 percentage points higher than the next closest quarterback.
• Perkins is No. 9 in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC with 2,568 yards of total offense.
• ILB Jordan Mack, a Campbell Trophy finalist, is No. 2 in the ACC with 7.0 sacks (No. 17 in the nation) and is No. 5 among the nation’s linebackers.
• WR Joe Reed has 2,989 career kick return yards and is averaging 29.0 yards per kick return while in a UVA uniform. He is the only player in FBS history to have 2,700+ career kick return yards and a career average per kick return of 28+ yards. He is also the only FBS player with 100+ career returns and a career kick return average of 28+ yards.
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.
Georgia Tech Dads – UVA Sons
• Two Cavaliers have fathers that played football at Georgia Tech. ILB Jordan Mack’s father, Charles, played at Georgia Tech from 1983-87. ILB T.C. Harrison’s father, Danny, lettered at Georgia Tech from 1987-89, recording 103 career tackles.
• Both Mack (Lithonia) and Harrison (Lawrenceville) came to Virginia from the state of Georgia.
Mendenhall No Stranger to Georgia Tech
• Bronco Mendenhall and his staff are facing Georgia Tech for the sixth time in the last eight 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.
• Last year UVA lost in overtime, 30-27, in Atlanta.
UVA-Georgia Tech Connections
• Eleven Cavaliers hail from the state of Georgia – FS Joey Blount (Atlanta), OL Tyler Fannin (Hoschton), P Brendan Farrell (Dunwoody), LB T.C. Harrison (Lawrenceville), WR John Izlar (Atlanta), ILB Nick Jackson (Atlanta), OL Jonathan Leech (Hoschton), ILB Jordan Mack (Lithonia), QB Jared Rayman (Atlanta), CB Heskin Smith (Brunswick), ILB Robert Snyder (Lawrenceville).
• Georgia Tech’s graduate assistant coach Tyson Wachenheim is the son of former UVA offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim. He graduated from Monticello HS in Charlottesville. He is in his third season as a grad assistant at Georgia Tech.
Virginia is Going Bowling
• The Cavaliers are bowl-eligible for the third year in a row after leaving Chapel Hill with a 38-31 triumph on Nov. 2. It is the second year in a row that UVA became bowl-eligible against the Tar Heels.
Bronco Mendenhall is in Special Company
• Bronco Mendenhall is one of three active coaches that has inherited at least two programs in his career that were coming off a losing season and in year one, or year two, played in a bowl game. The others to do it are Nick Saban (Alabama, LSU, Michigan State) and Mark Dantonio (Michigan State/Cincinnati).
• Mendenhall inherited a BYU team that went 5-6 in 2004 and in his first season the Cougars went 6-6 and played in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl. Mendenhall took over a Virginia team that went 4-8 in 2015 and took the Cavaliers to the 2017 Military Bowl in year No. 2, finishing 6-7.
Bryce Perkins at a Glance
• QB Bryce Perkins is tied for No. 5 in UVA program history for 200+ passing games (12).
• Only four times has a UVA quarterback thrown for 200+ yards and rushed for 100+ yards in a game. Perkins has done it three times, including both his career games against North Carolina. More on page 14.
• Perkins is the only UVA quarterback to throw for 300+ yards and rush for 100+ yards in a game after setting the UVA single-game record for total offense. Perkins threw for 378 yards and rushed for 112 against the Tar Heels. He accounted for 490 of UVA’s 517 yards. Of all the opponents UNC has faced, only Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Daniel Jones (Duke) have accounted for more total offense than what Perkins did against the Tar Heels on Nov. 2.
• Perkins owns the career UVA quarterback record for 100-yard rushing games with five. Of those five games, three of them he finished with the total of 112 (vs. UNC & at VT in 2018; at UNC in 2019).
UVA Receiving Trio
• Virginia is the only school in the ACC with three receivers all ranked in the top 10 in the league in receptions. Joe Reed is No. 3 in the ACC with 56 receptions, while Hasise Dubois is No. 6 in the ACC with 49 catches and Terrell Jana is No. 8 in the league with 44 receptions.
• UVA is one of two FBS programs to have three players rank in the top 50 nationally in receptions. USC’s Amon-Ra St. Brown, Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman Jr., join UVA’s trio.