Cavaliers Can Regain Momentum at Home

After opening the season with back-to-back wins, his team has dropped two in a row -- and now is in danger of falling under .500 for the season with another loss on Saturday.

Virginia coach Mike London and the Cavaliers have been down this road before.

"We're in the same situation we were in last year, from a mindset," London said. "And I think one of the things, being back at home and having a chance to play, is to kind of get that re-galvanized and get that energy again. It's good to be back home. It's good to know that you're still controlling your own destiny."

Virginia, coming off two straight losses at Georgia Tech and TCU the past two weeks, hosts 3-0 Louisiana Tech on Saturday. The Cavaliers kicked off the season with back-to-back wins at home against Richmond and Penn State.

"We're definitely excited about coming and playing back at home in front of our fans, and people we know. Because being on the road is brutal," said sophomore linebacker D.J. Hill. "It's pretty brutal being on the road, so it definitely feels good to come back home."

Last season, the Cavaliers were coming off losses to North Carolina and Southern Miss when they hosted Idaho in their fifth game of the season. The 21-20 overtime win was the first of six in the team's final eight games, earning Virginia its first bowl game appearance since after the 2007 season.

And London and his players say the luster of last season hasn't worn off the Virginia program, despite the team's mediocre start to 2012.

"We take these last two games as a learning experience," said sophomore running back Khalek Shepherd. "To get better as a unit. Because we live by building the program brick-by-brick, and Rome wasn't built in a day."

"We definitely feel like last year wasn't a fluke. That's the team we are; to go to a bowl game every year," said Hill. "That's what we try to do every week, is prove to people that we're a top contender."

"There's a lot of good football left to be played. And I know people see how you start, but they all remember how you finish," said London. "This is our fifth game coming up, and we have a chance to play well against another very good, fast, athletic team."


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