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October 16, 2012

WFU-UVA Capsule

Game Day
Line: Wake Forest favored by 3 1/2
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Charlottesville, Va. - Scott Stadium (61,500)
TV: ACC Network (Watch Online | TV Affiliates)
Announcers: Tim Brant (play-by-play), Dave Archer (color analyst) & Mike Hogewood (sideline)
Radio: Wake Forest Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 139, XM 197)
Announcers: Stan Cotten (play-by-play), Dave Goren (color analyst) & Michael Hoag (sideline)
Weather: Charlottesville Forecast

Virginia At A Glance
Location: Charlottesvile, Virginia
Nickname: Cavaliers, Wahoos, 'Hoos
Colors: Orange & Blue
Conference: ACC
Stadium: Scott Stadium (61,500)
Surface: Prescription Athletic Turf
2011 Record: 8-5 (5-3)
2012 Record: 3-4 (1-2)
More on the Cavaliers: Schedule - Statistics - Roster - Message Boards - Media Guide

Last Game
Virginia: Freshman WR Stefon Diggs returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and freshman QB Perry Hills threw for one TD and ran for another as visiting Maryland defeated Virginia. Diggs had just the fourth 100-yard kickoff return for a TD in Maryland school history and the first since Josh Wilson had one in 2006. Diggs' return helped Maryland jump out to an early 17-point lead. That proved too much for Virginia to overcome, despite moving the ball well at times and rallying behind backup QB Michael Rocco. Rocco came on in relief of a struggling Phillip Sims in the fourth quarter with the Cavaliers down 27-13 and promptly directed a 10-play, 81-yard drive. His 24-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee pulled Virginia within 27-20 with 4:10 left. But Maryland, which ranks ninth nationally in total defense, halted the Cavaliers from there as the Terps posted their second straight ACC win.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons are coming off of an open date. On Oct. 6 Wake Forest lost 19-14 at Maryland.

Virginia-Wake Forest Series
This will mark the first game between Wake Forest and Virginia since the 2008 season. The Deacons won that game 28-17 behind four UVA turnovers and 110 yards on the ground from Brandon Pendergrass. Overall, Virginia leads the series 34-13 and has won 20 of the last 22 meetings. Wake Forest is just 8-17 in Charlottesville and has just one win at Scott Stadium since 1981.

Top 25 Rankings
Virginia: AP: NR USA Today: NR
Wake Forest: AP: NR USA Today: NR

Virginia: Mike London (14-18 at UVA; 38-23 Overall)
Wake Forest: Jim Grobe (71-70 at WFU; 104-103-1 Overall)

Virginia-Wake Forest Notes
UVA: Virginia is No. 123 in the nation in turnover margin per game at -1.86.

UVA: Four of the last five games between Wake Forest and Virginia each have been decided by four points or fewer. The last three wins by UVa were by a combined eight points, including a one-point thriller in 2007 the last time Wake Forest came to Scott Stadium.

UVA: Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe is a UVa graduate (`75, `78). Grobe earned his undergraduate degree in education in 1975 from UVa and a master's degree in guidance and counseling in 1978. He was a two-year starter at middle guard and linebacker, lettering in 1973-74.

UVA: In 18 of the last 26 games against Wake Forest dating back to 1980, Virginia has had at least one player rush for 100 yards. There have been 26 Cavaliers since 1954 who have rushed for at least 100 yards against Wake Forest, the most by UVa against any ACC team.

UVA: UVa ranks No. 19 in the nation as a defense forcing three and outs, posting a 4.0 three and out rate a game. UVa's opponents have gone three and out 28 times over seven games. 29.7 percent of UVa's opponents drives have ended in a three and out. UVa is tied for No. 3 in the ACC as Florida State leads the nation at 47.3 percent of drives end in a three and out. NC State (30.1) is No. 16 and Clemson is tied with UVa.

WFU: The Demon Deacons are seeking to buck a recent trend of tough losses at Scott Stadium. Wake Forest has dropped 11 of its last 12 games in Charlotteville.

WFU: In the absence of Michael Campanaro, senior WR Terence Davis has stepped-up and had a pair of solid games. Davis notched a then career-high six catches for 100 yards against Duke but he topped those numbers with seven catches for 130 yards at Maryland.

WFU: Junior quarterback Tanner Price was 13-of-38 against Maryland for 170 yards and his 33rd and 34th career touchdown passes. His 34 career TDs are sixth-most in school history.

Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Virginia & Wake Forest Athletic Communications

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