Virginia Travels to Wake Forest
• UVA returns to the road and will travel to Winston-Salem to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday. The game will kick at 4 p.m. and be televised live on ACC Network.
• After playing every single season from 1980-2003, UVA and Wake Forest will only be meeting for the fifth time in the past 17 seasons. Saturday’s game is the first meeting in the series since 2016 and just the second at Truist Field since 2008.
Virginia vs. Wake Forest
• Virginia owns a 34-15 all-time record over Wake Forest in a series that began in 1889 with a 46-4 Cavalier win in a game played in Richmond.
• UVA is 15-3 all-time at Truist Field, dating back to 1968.
• Virginia had a 17-game winning streak from 1984-2000, which is the third-longest winning streak in ACC history against a league foe.
• Since the series was tied at seven wins apiece in 1970, Virginia has won 27 of the last 35 meetings.
• Virginia has won 10 of the last 12 games they have played against Wake Forest at Truist Field.
Five Top Storylines
• Virginia’s 2020 schedule features all four ACC Schools from North Carolina on it. The last time UVA played Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest in the same season was 2012. It is also only the third time its happened over the past 17 seasons, which also included the 2007 season.
• Under Bronco Mendenhall, UVA’s defense has held opponents under 100 yards passing six times. The first time was UVA’s last trip to Truist Field in 2016 when the Cavaliers held Wake Forest to 83 passing yards.
• WR Billy Kemp IV has 27 receptions this season. Kemp’s 27 receptions are the most by a Cavalier through the first three games of the year in program history, besting Olamide Zaccheaus’ 26 to start off 2017.
• Kemp is No. 1 in the ACC and No. 3 in the nation with 9.0 receptions per game. With 10 receptions in each of the last two games, he is just the fifth different Cavalier to notch multiple 10+ reception games in the same season. He joins Hasise Dubois (2019), Billy McMullen (2001 & 2002), Alvin Pearman (2003) and Olamide Zaccheaus (2018).
• WR Lavel Davis Jr. leads the nation’s freshmen wide receivers in yards per reception with 23.33 per catch.
Close Affairs the Norm of Late
• Six of the last seven games between Wake Forest and Virginia each have been decided by a touchdown or less.
• The last three wins by UVA were by a combined eight points, including a one-point thriller in 2007 at Scott Stadium.
• After UVA won 20-of-21 meetings with Wake Forest (1984-2007), the Demon Deacons have won three straight, tying their previous longest winning streak in the series (1959-60-61).
Back-to-Back Series Trips to Winston-Salem
• Virginia is playing this series in Winston-Salem in back-to-back meetings for the fourth time in series history with WFU. UVA also did this in 1957 & 1959, 1978 & 1980 and most recently in 1985 & 1986.
• This is nothing new to the series as UVA hosted Wake Forest in Charlottesville multiple times before returning the series to Winston-Salem. UVA has been the home team for such back-to-back meetings (and sometimes back-to-back-to-back) as in 1911, 1955 & 1956, 1962, 1964 & 1966, 1981 & 1982 and most recently in 2003 & 2007.
• The only sweeps happened in 1985 & 1986 at Wake Forest, as well as 2003 & 2007 in Charlottesville. UVA won all four games and UVA alum Al Groh was involved in all four games. Groh was the Wake Forest head coach in 1985 & 1986 that lost the games in Winston-Salem and was the UVA head coach in 2003 & 2007 the Cavaliers won at Scott Stadium.
UVA Piles Up Offense vs. Deacs
• The Cavaliers have put on some impressive offensive performances against Wake Forest in the last 30 years since the early 1980s.
• The Cavaliers have scored 30 or more points in 13 of the last 21 meetings.
• Two of UVA’s top-six total offense figures have come vs. the Demon Deacons.
• The most impressive output was a 643-yard performance (323 yards rushing, 320 yards passing) in 1982.
• The 643 yards of offense is tied for the fourth-highest total in school history and marks the only game in school history where the Cavaliers gained 300 yards both rushing and passing.
Cavalier Rushers Shine vs. Wake
• In 18 of the last 28 games against Wake Forest, dating back to 1980, Virginia has had at least one player rush for 100 yards.
• There have been 26 Cavaliers since 1954 who have rushed for at least 100 yards against Wake Forest, the most by UVA against any ACC team.
Scoring Early, First Important
• One of the keys to either team winning this game has been the ability to score early and score first.
• Since 1982 (26 games), the winning team has scored first 19 times (Virginia 16 wins, Wake Forest three).
• UVA has scored on its first possession 10 times since 1987 and won the first nine times until the 2016 meeting, falling 27-20 (The Cavaliers scored on their first drive on six consecutive occasions between 1987-92).
• The Demon Deacons scored on their first possession and ended UVA’s 17-game series winning streak in 2001.
• UVA alum Wayne Lineburg is Wake Forest’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. A 1996 UVA graduate of the University of Virginia, Lineburg played quarterback and was part of three bowl teams and a member of UVA’s 1995 ACC championship team.
• Lineburg served as an assistant coach on Al Groh’s 2007, 2008 and 2009 coaching staffs at UVA. He worked with the wide receivers in 2007 and 2008 and then the running backs in 2009.
• Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson spent four seasons as the head coach at Richmond, but never faced Virginia.
• Other Wake Forest assistants that coached at schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia are: Associate head coach/wide receivers coach Kevin Higgins (Richmond, 1985-87); offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Warren Ruggiero (William & Mary, 1999).
Kemp Becoming a Workhorse for the UVA Offense
• WR Billy Kemp IV has become a workhorse for the Virginia offense. He currently ranks No. 1 in the ACC and No. 3 in the nation with 9.0 receptions per game. He tallied a career-high 10 catches at No. 1 Clemson and matched it again last time out against NC State. His 96 receiving yards against the Tigers was also a career high.
• Kemp ranks No. 4 in the ACC and No. 27 nationally with 82.7 receiving yards per game.
• Over his last eight games, dating back to Nov. 9, 2019 vs. Georgia Tech, Kemp has caught 48 passes (6.0 rpg) for 441 yards (55.1 ypg) and two touchdowns (vs. VT & NC State).
Delaney Breaks UVA’s Consecutive Field Goals Made Record
• Senior Brian Delaney has made 15-straight field goals, breaking the UVA record owned by Jake McInerney. In 1989, McInerney made 14 in a row.
• Delaney’s current streak ranks No. 3 in the nation among active streaks. He started the 2020 season with the longest streak, but has only had two attempnts thus far. Hunter Duplessis from UTSA, who is No. 1 in the nation currently, was a recruit to UTSA by current UVA special teams coordinator Ricky Brumfield when he was with the Roadrunners. Before Brumfield came to UVA in 2018, Duplessis did kickoffs for him at UTSA.
• Delaney’s streak started on Oct. 11, 2019 at Miami when he made three field goals in a row after his first attempt of the game was blocked.
• The ACC record is 34, set by Wake Forest’s Nick Sciba last season, breaking the previous record of 27 held by NC State’s Marc Primanti.
Stone’s Career Day Against NC State
• Fourth-year QB Lindell Stone had a career day against NC State when he was called into the game in the second quarter after staring QB Brennan Armstrong left with an injury.
• It was just the fifth appearance of Stone’s career and first that didn’t come in the fourth quarter. Entering the game his only pass of 2020 had gone for -7 yards and his career QB efficiency rating was 5.03.
• Stone tossed his first career passing touchdown in the closing seconds of the second quarter when he found Billy Kemp IV for the two-yard score. On the scoring drive Stone was 6-of-9 for 75 yards and the touchdown pass.
• Stone finished with career highs in completions (30), attempts (53), yards (240) and touchdowns (3).
• Stone marked the 17th time since 2000 a Cavalier quarterback has completed 30+ passes in a game. Six of those occurrences have happened since 2017.
Blount and Zandier are a tackling Duo
• Only 22 active FBS players have 200+ career tackles and UVA has two of them. Both FS Joey Blount (210) and ILB Zane Zandier (203) are part of the 22. Blount and Zandier are the active only Power-5 teammates with 200+ career tackles.
• Western Kentucky’s Devon Key (291) and DeAngelo Malone (214) are the only other FBS teammates with 200+ career tackles.
Nelson Climbing the Active Career List for INTs
• SS Brenton Nelson has eight career interceptions. He is tied for No. 6 among active FBS players for most career interceptions.
• FS Joey Blount (6) and CB De’Vante Cross (4), along with Nelson (8), make Virginia one of three schools with at least three players with 4+ career interceptions. Cincinnati has seven with 4+, while LSU, like UVA, has three.
• CB Nick Grant has three interceptions, also joining the Top 100 of career interceptions among active players.
Do you Believe in Deja Vu?
• From 2015-17 former Cavaliers ILB Micah Kiser and FS Quin Blanding finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation in tackles for three years in a row. After two years of no Cavaliers in the Top 5 in the ACC in tackles, two have returned to the top three spots this week.
• ILB Nick Jackson is No. 1 in the ACC with 10.3 tackles a game, while ILB Zane Zandier comes in at No. 3 in the ACC with 9.7 tackles per game. Jackson has tallied a career-high 12 tackles in each of the first two games this season.
• Jackson is No. 13 in the nation, while Zandier is No. 22 in the nation.
Long UVA Scoring Drives
• Three games into the season, UVA already has scoring drives of 97 yards (vs. NC State) and 94 yards (vs. Duke). Both drives resulted in touchdowns and are longer than any drive the Cavaliers had in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
• The last time UVA had multiple drives of 90+ yards was in 2016 when UVA set a program record with a 99-yard drive vs. Central Michigan and also had a 90-yard drive against UConn.
Lavel Davis Jr. Stretches the Field
• WR Lavel Davis Jr. is No. 8 in the nation in yards per reception (23.33), which ranks No. 1 in the nation among freshmen wide receivers. The only freshman in the nation with a better mark is running back Deuce Vaughn from Kansas State.
• Five of Davis Jr.’s nine receptions this season have gone for 20+ yards and three have gone for 30+ yards. All nine of his receptions have gone for a first down or a touchdown.
• Dating back to 2000, Davis Jr.’s 23.33 yards per reception mark through UVA’s first three games is the second highest in program history of players with at least five receptions. Only Andre Levrone as a senior in 2017 had a better yards per catch average (25.9).
• No UVA receiver since 2000 had has many catches as Davis Jr. (9) through three games with a better yards per catch average.