Virginia Welcomes BC to Scott Stadium
• Virginia returns home on Saturday when the Cavaliers welcome the Boston College Eagles to Scott Stadium.
• Virginia is playing its first home game in the month of December since 2001 when the Cavaliers hosted Penn State (W, 20-14).
• Saturday is only the third time UVA has played a home game at Scott Stadium in the month of December. It also defeated UNC (44-13) during the 1950 season at Scott Stadium.
• Saturday is just the 10th all-time regular season UVA football game in the month of December. The first was against Johns Hopkins to close out the 1888 season, UVA’s first football season. UVA hosted that game in Charlottesville, serving as the only other December football game UVA has played in Charlottesville. It was also UVA’s first-ever loss in the sport of football.
Virginia vs. Boston College
• This is just the seventh meeting between Boston College and Virginia and the fifth in ACC play.
• The Eagles own a 6-0 edge in the series, including a 4-0 mark since joining the ACC.
• The 1994 meeting was in the Carquest Bowl (Miami Gardens, Fla.).
• BC won the first ACC contest between the teams, 28-17, in 2005 in Chestnut Hill.
• The 2020 season created a unique opportunity to face Boston College again. UVA is not slated to play Boston College again until the 2024 season, which will take place in Chestnut Hill.
• This is just Boston College’s third trip to Charlottesville.
• Not counting Notre Dame (2020 member), Syracuse (one) is the only ACC team UVA has played fewer conference games against than Boston College (four). UVA also has played seven ACC games against Louisville, who joined the league after Syracuse.
Five Top Storylines
• Boston College is the only fulltime ACC team Virginia has never beaten, losing all six previous meetings, including four in league play.
• QB Brennan Armstrong is tied for the FBS lead with six game totals of 180+ passing yards and 40+ rushing yards. He shares the top spot with Ian Book (Notre Dame) and Malik Willis (Liberty). The two games Armstrong didn’t reach those marks was the one game he left in the second quarter with an injury and the full subsequent game he didn’t appear in because of that injury.
• WR Lavel Davis Jr. ranks No. 7 in the nation among freshmen with 374 receiving yards and is tied for No. 2 in the nation among freshmen for receiving touchdowns with five. Davis Jr. ranks No. 3 in the nation (No. 1 in the ACC) with 26.7 yards per reception.
• WR Billy Kemp IV is No. 1 in the ACC and No. 20 in the nation with 6.5 receptions per game.
• ILB Nick Jackson is No. 2 in the ACC (No. 23 nationally) with 10.6 tackles per game. He has 48 tackles over his last three games (Miami, UNC, Louisville, ACU).
BC IS No Stranger to Mendenhall
• UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall is familiar with Boston College, facing the Eagles twice as the head coach at BYU.
• Mendenhall’s first game as a head coach in 2005 came against then-No. 22 Boston College, a 20-3 setback in Provo. Mendenhall’s BYU team lost only two games a year later in 2006, the first in double overtime to then-No. 25 Boston College in Chestnut Hill. The BC head coach for those two meetings was former UVA assistant coach and offensive coordinator Tom O’Brien.
• With UVA sitting at 5-1 in 2017, Boston College came to town and beat Mendenhall and the Cavaliers, haulting a four-game UVA winning streak.
Virginia – Boston College connections
• UVA grad assistant and former long snapper Joe Spaziani is the son of former Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani, who lifted the Eagles over the Cavaliers in the 2009 and 2010 meetings. Frank Spaziani also had his UVA ties, serving nine years as an assistant to George Welsh (1982-90), including being the defensive coordinator from 1985-90. Frank is now the defensive coordinator at New Mexico State.
• UVA’s Tavares Kelly attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), as did BC’s Matthew Taylor. 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.
Current Cavaliers in the 2017 Game
• Fourteen current Cavaliers played in the 2017 game against Boston College, the last time these teams both met.
• CB De’Vante Cross played both offense and defense as a redshirt freshman against BC in 2017, rushing once for 13 yards and making one tackle in the game.
• QB Lindell Stone made his collegiate debut and passed for 26 yards in the 2017 meeting.
• PK A.J. Mejia made one field goal in the 2017 game, coming on a 38-yard attempt.
• PK Brian Delaney kicked off three times in the 2017 game.
• FS Joey Blount made 10 tackles as a true freshman in the 2017 meeting against Boston College, while SS Brenton Nelson made 11 stops and 0.5 TFLs as a redshirt freshman.
• OLB Charles Snowden made two tackles in the game, while CB Darrius Bratton, ILB Zane Zandier and DE Mandy Alonso all made one stop each in the game.
• Other current Cavaliers that played in the game, but didn’t record any stats were: DE Richard Burney; CB Nick Grant; P Nash Griffin and WR Terrell Jana.
Home Sweet Home
• Virginia returns home to Scott Stadium for its last home game on the 2020 slate.
• UVA is winners of 16 of its last 18 games at Scott Stadium, dating back to the start of the 2018 season.
• UVA snapped a four-game losing streak against then-No. 15 North Carolina on Oct. 31. 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. During UVA’s current three-game winning streak at home, UVA has led for a combined 144:01 of 180:00 of playing time, which was 38:32 vs. UNC, 55:49 vs. Louisville and 49:40 against Abilene Christian.
Armstrong Living the Thorterback Life at UVA
• QB Brennan Armstrong has three games this season with at least 200+ passing yards, 40+ rushing yards, 1+ passing touchdowns and 1+ rushing touchdowns. UVA is 3-0 this season when Armstrong meets those marks. His three games rank tied for No. 3 in the nation this season. He had shared the top spot with Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Asher O’Hara (MTSU) Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati) and Malik Willis (Liberty) prior to UVA’s scheduled game with FSU. After the UVA-FSU postponement, Ehlinger and Willis recorded their fourth game over the weekend to take the lead from Armstrong.
• Since 2000, a UVA quarterback has met those marks just 14 times with Bryce Perkins (2018-19) leading the way with five such games. In fact, Perkins did not accomplish it until his eighth career start with the Cavaliers (vs. UNC, 2018). In comparison, Armstrong did so in three of his first five full games as the starting quarterback.
• Under Bronco Mendenhall, UVA is 7-1 when its quarterback reaches those “Thorterback” marks.
• Prior to Mendenhall’s tenure, current UVA wide receiver coach Marques Hagans accomplished the feat twice in his career, while other UVA QBs since 2000 to reach those marks were Jameel Sewell (twice), Matt Johns (once) and David Watford (once).
• Against Abilene Christian on Nov. 21 Armstrong set a career high with four passing touchdowns. Coming into the game he had only one pass of 50 yards or more. Three of his four passing touchdowns came on passes of 90, 56 and 52 yards, making him the first Cavalier in program history to throw at least three passes of 50+ yards in a single game.
Armstrong On Third and fourth Down
• QB Brennan Armstrong is 20-of-32 passing (62 percent) on third down and long conversions with 14 first downs and one touchdown.
• Armstrong has been known to get the fourth down rush as well, averaging 12.0 yards per rush on fourth down attempts, nabbing five first downs on six tries.
• Armstrong has thrown nine of his 15 touchdowns this season on first down.