Phillip Sims isn't used to losing football games.
The Virginia redshirt sophomore quarterback only lost once in his final two years at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, and he spent last year as the back-up quarterback on Alabama's BCS national title team.
But now Sims and his Virginia teammates are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, after getting beat 27-20 at home by Maryland last Saturday.
"As competitors, we all want to win," Sims told reporters on Monday. "But no man ever went through life without adversity. So everybody has to face adversity, and it's something that, I'm facing it, we're facing it as a team, and we'll make it through this."
Like his quarterback, coach Mike London has tried to remain positive as the losses have piled up. But even London confessed on Monday that his patience has been tested at times this season.
"We're not where we want to be by any stretch of the imagination," he said. "But I know that doing the right things are part of the process of even getting through these trying times right now."
You guys that know me - my priorities are faith, family and football," London added. "A lot of times what I rely on is the ability to know that things like that that happen, that occur, it's just one more step in the process of trying to get this program to where I envision it, to where it can be."
The 2-5 Cavaliers host 3-3 Wake Forest on Saturday at Scott Stadium. Virginia enters the game averaging almost 500 yards-per-game over its past three losses, but only 25 points in those games.
"If you look at this statistically, we've actually been playing pretty well. If you looked at stats alone, you'd have thought we'd won these games," said sophomore defensive tackle Chris Brathwaite. "But we're showing penalties, things that we can control that we just need to take care of during the games. So I feel like we're pretty close to getting over this hump."