Cavaliers Host Cardinals on Saturday
• Virginia and Louisville meet on Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium.
• Saturday’s game against Louisville was pushed back a week due to COVID-19 concerns at Louisville, giving UVA a bye one week prior than originally planned. UVA is 29-32 all-time coming off a bye, including 3-2 under Bronco Mendenhall (3-1 at Scott Stadium).
The Louisville Series
• Saturday marks the ninth time in series history the Cavaliers and Cardinals have met in football and the seventh time in ACC play.
• Louisville leads the all-time series, 5-3. UL also leads the series, 4-2, since Louisville joined the ACC in 2014. Except for 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson’s final minute heroics in 2016 at Scott Stadium, the home team has won every game in the series.
• The first five games of the series were won by a touchdown or less, including the first three on field goals in the closing minutes.
Five Top Storylines
• OLB Charles Snowden has recorded a combined 18 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks over his last two games (at then-No. 11 Miami and vs. then-No. 15 North Carolina). He had 5.0 sacks all of 2019. His 5.0 sacks on the year rank tied for No. 3 among the nation’s linebackers. His 4.0 sacks against the Tar Heels was the most by any FBS player this season. He was named ACC Linebacker of the Week for his efforts against UNC.
• Virginia rushed for 210 yards against then-No. 15 North Carolina last time out. It was the ninth time since 2018 UVA has rushed for 200+ yards. The Cavaliers own an 8-1 record in those games.
• WR Billy Kemp IV has 45 receptions this season. Kemp’s 45 receptions are the second most by a Cavalier in program history through the first six games of a season, trailing only Billy McMullen’s 47 through six games in 2001.
• Kemp is No. 1 in the ACC and No. 15 in the nation with 7.5 receptions per game.
• ILB Nick Jackson is No. 2 in the ACC with 10.7 tackles per game. The last two games include a career-high 16 tackles at then-No. 11 Miami and 11 more against then-No. 15 UNC last time out.
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 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.
2020 Season is Different, but Louisville Continues to Grace Schedule
• 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 has served as UVA’s annual crossover opponent prior to the unique scheduling of 2020. UVA has played the Cardinals every season they have been in the ACC.
UVA vs. Teams From the Bluegrass State
• Virginia has played 12 games against teams from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
• UVA is 5-7 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 seven all-time games in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Heisman Moment for Jackson at Scott
• When Louisville came to Scott Stadium in 2016, Lamar Jackson had a Heisman Trophy moment helping the Cardinals beat the Cavaliers, 32-25.
• With just over two minutes to play and No. 5 Louisville suddenly trailing Virginia 25-24, Lamar Jackson answered for the Cardinals. He engineered a 75-yard drive and capping it by floating a perfectly placed 29-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Smith with 13 seconds remaining as the Cardinals survived Virginia, 32-25.
• It was Jackson’s fourth touchdown pass and helped the Louisville quarterback capture the 2016 Heisman Trophy.
• Virginia had scored with 1:57 remaining and used a 2-point conversion to take a 25-24 lead, whipping the crowd at Scott Stadium into a frenzy.
• To date, it is the only time the visiting team in this series won the game.
Thompson Beat Louisville in 2017
• UVA grad transfer QB/WR Keytaon Thompson’s first career start at Mississippi State as a true freshman in 2017 was in the Taxslayer Bowl. He led the Bulldogs to a 31-27 victory over the Lamar Jackson-led Louisville Cardinals, rushing for three scores and tying a MSU bowl record.
• In the game Thompson rushed 27 times for 147 yards, in addition to the three rushing touchdowns, all are still career highs. He also was 11-of-20 passing for 127 passing yards against the Cardinals.
Virginia – Louisville Connections
• UVA’s Tavares Kelly attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), as did Louisville’s Logan Lupo. The NFL announced that St. Thomas Aquinas High School had the most alums on NFL rosters entering the 2020 season with 14. St. Thomas Aquinas has earned this honor for the seventh season in a row and eighth in the past nine
Home Sweet Home
• Virginia returns home to Scott Stadium for the second of three-straight home games.
• UVA is winners of 14 of its last 16 games at Scott Stadium, dating back to the start of the 2018 season.
• UVA snapped a four-game losing streak last time out against then-No. 15 North Carolina. Prior to the win UVA had only led for a combined 30:47 this season, all of which came in the season-opening win over Duke at Scott Stadium. In the win over the Tar Heels UVA led for 38:32.
On a Mission, Snowden Erupts
• Virginia OLB Charles Snowden has been a defensive spark for the Cavaliers the last couple weeks, notching 18 combined tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks.
• He is the only player in the nation with 30+ tackles (40), 6.5+ tackles for loss (8.5), 2+ sacks (5.0) and 3+ passes defended (3).
• His 4.0 sacks against then-No. 15 UNC, three of which came on three-consecutive plays, is a single-season best in all of FBS this year.
• Since 2000, Snowden is one of 11 ACC players to record 4.0+ sacks in a game and the first since Greg Rousseau of Miami did so against FSU in 2019.
• Snowden is the first Cavalier to record 4.0 sacks since Jamie Sharper in 1996 (vs. UNC).
The C-Ville Trio
• Virginia has three receivers, Billy Kemp IV (45), Terrell Jana (28) and Tony Poljan (24), with at least 24 receptions. It is one of nine programs in the nation with at least three players at that plateau in catches, joining Alabama, Arkansas State, BYU, Clemson, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, SMU and West Virginia.
Armstrong vs. Associated Press Top 25 Teams
• QB Brennan Armstrong has played well against AP Top 25 teams in 2020.
• In games against No. 1 Clemson, No. 11 Miami and No. 15 North Carolina, Armstrong has thrown for 659 yards, eight touchdowns (3 INTs) and rushed for 246 more yards and another score. That comes out to 905 yards of total offense (301.7 ypg) and nine touchdowns responsible for.
The Portol is Producing for the Cavaliers
• Virginia welcomed seven graduate transfers this season and they all had an impact on UVA’s 44-41 win over then-No. 15 UNC.
• TB Shane Simpson (Towson) led UVA with 141 all-purpose yards on 70 rushing and 71 receiving (1 TD). TE Tony Poljan (Central Michigan) added two catches for 33 yards and a score, while WR Ra’Shaun Henry (St. Francis (Pa.)) added an 18-yard receiving touchdown. QB/WR Keytaon (Mississippi State) did a little of everything, rushing 10 times for 43 yards and a score, played special teams and secured the game on a fourth-down rush via a fake punt play in the closing minutes. Bottled up to the right, he reversed and found five yards and a first down to the left, securing the victory.
• On defense, S D’Angelo Amos (JMU) was third on the team with eight tackles and posted 1.0 tackles for loss. DE Adeeb Atariwa (JMU) made his second start of the season and posted three tackles.
• LS Danny Caracciolo (Bryant/JMU) snapped on all PATs as well as Brian Delaney’s deciding 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Highlights from the North Carolina Win
• UVA’s win over No. 15 North Carolina is its highest over an AP Top-25 team since beating No. 12 Georgia Tech in 2011.
• UVA has won four-straight against UNC, matching Virginia Tech and Clemson in current win streaks vs. the Tar Heels in ACC play.
• UVA is 7-0 all-time against UNC head coach Mack Brown at Scott Stadium.
• The 85 points was the most combined points in a UVA ACC win, passing the 84 scored in a 44-40 win over UNC in 1973.
• UVA scored 40+ points against an Associated Press Top-25 team for the first time since scoring 48 points against then-No. 15 West Virginia in the 2002 Continental Tire Bowl.
• UVA had its first first-quarter lead of the season when leading 13-10 in the first.
• UVA’s 9:02 scoring drive in the fourth quarter that ate up a ton of clock was the fourth-longest scoring drive in program history.
• UVA held North Carolina to 93 yards rushing, improving to 14-1 when holding opponents to less than 100 yards rushing under Bronco Mendenhall. UNC entered the game No. 12 in the nation with an average of 249 rushing yards per game.
• It was the 200th game of Bronco Mendenhall’s career. He became the fifth active ACC coach with 200 games coached, joining Mack Brown, Dave Clawson, David Cutcliffe and Brian Kelly.
• QB Brennan Armstrong connected with RB Shane Simpson for a 71-yard scoring strike, which were career longs for both Cavaliers. The 71-yard receiving touchdown was the longest by a Cavalier since Joe Reed went 75 yards at Virginia Tech in 2018 and it was the longest by a Cavalier running back since Taquan Mizzell scored on an 80-yard reception against William & Mary in 2015.
Virginia on 4th Down
• Virginia has secured first downs 14 times on 4th down, which is tied for No. 4 in FBS. They share the spot with Army and Liberty. Navy and ULM is No. 1 in the nation with 16 made 4th down attempts.
• Of UVA’s 14 first downs on 4th down, 11 came on rushes and three on passes.
Kemp Is 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. 15 in the nation with 7.5 receptions per game. He tallied a career-high 10 catches at No. 1 Clemson and again against NC State. His 96 receiving yards against the Tigers was also a career high.
• Kemp ranks No. 9 in the ACC and No. 85 nationally with 67.0 receiving yards per game.
• Over his last 11 games, dating back to Nov. 9, 2019 vs. Georgia Tech, Kemp has caught 65 passes (5.9 rpg) for 595 yards (54.1 ypg) and two touchdowns (vs. VT & NC State).