Cavaliers Prepare for Tar Heels in ACC Opener

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

September 28, 2009

After a bye week, the Cavalier football team will return to action on Saturday. Virginia will battle North Carolina in its ACC opener and look for success in its second road game of the season. Al Groh and his team also hope to continue a string of recent success against the Tar Heels.

Virginia is 0-3 on the season and coming off a bye week. The Cavaliers are 9-4 in games following open dates, but twice last year following byes. The Cavs lost 37-34 at Southern Mississippi their last time out, despite holding a 17 point lead on two separate occasions. The Cavaliers have won their ACC opener in eight of the last eleven seasons, but fell in last year's conference opening game at Duke.

North Carolina is 3-1 and suffered its first loss of the season this past Saturday at Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels are 0-1 in the ACC and dropped out of the national rankings for the first time this season following Saturday's loss.

The Tar Heels lead the overall series, but things have gone Virginia's way recently in this match up. The Cavaliers have won the last three match ups, including a 16-13 overtime thriller last year at Scott Stadium. Virginia snuck by North Carolina its last trip to Chapel Hill, 22-20, behind five field goals from Chris Gould. The last time Virginia fell in this series was 2005, a 7-5 loss at Kenan Stadium.

These two teams have played 114 times and have met in every season since 1919. The Tar Heels mark the opponent that Virginia has faced the most. Virginia Tech is second with 90.

Saturday's match up will kickoff at noon.

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