September 29, 2009
The Cavalier football team heads to North Carolina on Saturday for its ACC opener and will look to continue to offensive improvements that began at Southern Mississippi last weekend. Virginia takes the field on Saturday in hopes of putting up enough points to get that first win of the 2009 campaign.
The Cavaliers posted 390 yards of total offense during their last game against the Golden Eagles. This marked a dramatic improvement from the 222.5 yards per game Virginia had put up during its first two contests. The Wahoos also posted 34 points in the loss, 20 points better than the 14 they had averaged in their first two contests.
One big reason for the improvements was quarterback Jameel Sewell. The signal caller threw for a career high 312 yards and had four total touchdowns in the loss. Saturday will mark his second trip to North Carolina, as he led Virginia to a 22-20 victory over the Tar Heels back in 2007.
Virginia's rejuvenated offense will go up against a pretty tough defense. North Carolina only gives up 14.2 points and 250.5 yards per game. The Tar Heels are coming off their first loss of the season and are 3-1 so far this year. The Cavaliers have experienced a good deal of success against UNC recently, winning the last three meetings, as well as six of the last seven and nine of the last eleven games between the two teams.
Virginia and North Carolina will kickoff at noon on Saturday.