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Virginia 4-7, (3-4) in the ACC
In the news
ACC Linebacker of the Week: Inside linebacker Micah Kiser was named ACC Defensive Linebacker of the Week for his performance against Duke. Kiser had a career-high 17 tackles including two tackles for losses and one sack to help lead the Cavaliers to the victory.
With 107 tackles on the season, Kiser currently leads the ACC in tackles. Second in the conference is Virginia safety Quin Blanding with 105.
Mizzell breaks record: Running back Taquan Mizzell has proven to be just as big a weapon in the pass attack as he is in the rush and now has the record to prove it. Against Duke, Mizzell caught five passes for 43 yards, breaking a school record for receptions and receiving yards by a running back in a single season.
Mizzell is now No. 3 all-time in ACC history among running backs with 68 receptions on the season and No. 2 all-time in ACC history among running backs with 671 receiving yards.
Last week's game: 42-34 win over Duke
After two first quarter turnovers by Duke, Virginia was able to build an early 21-0 lead and held a 42-20 lead in the fourth quarterbefore the Blue Devils mounted a comeback. UVa was able to hold on, however, and earned the 42-34 win.
Quarterback Matt Johns passed for a career-high 344 yards and two touchdowns and Taquan Mizzell had three total touchdowns of his own to lead the Cavs. Offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild even opened the bag of tricks as Johns threw a backward pass to Olamide Zaccheaus who threw to Evan Butts for a 15-yard touchdown.
UVa was also aided by a targeting call to Duke safety Jeremy Cash. Cash was ejected for a big hit on Johns and Virginia struck two plays later with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Johns to Zacchaeus. As the defense's biggest play maker, Duke struggled to recover from the loss of Cash.
Despite the fourth quarter comeback, it was a dominant performance by Virginia, their best win of the season.
This week: Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, Sat. 12:00 p.m.
Virginia will look to claim its first Commonwealth Cup in 12 years as they face rival Virginia Tech. The Hokies stand just one win away from bowl eligibility in Frank Beamer's final season. While UVa has already been eliminated from bowl contention, the chance to snap an 11-game losing streak against their in-state rival and prevent them from reaching a bowl offers Virginia the chance to still end the season on a high note.
The Cavaliers appear to be hitting their stride with their big win over Duke. Mizzell is the team's biggest weapon and Johns is playing the best football of his career. Fairchild's normally conservative offense has found a good mix of running and short passes that can help open the offense up for big plays. The Hokies rank second in the ACC in pass defense but 11th in run defense. Virginia should continue to exploit their rush attack and short passing game. This could be a big game for Mizzell.
Virginia Tech has not been able to develop much of a rhythm on offense, but they do feature major weapons in receiver Isaiah Ford, tight end Bucky Hodges and running back Travon McMillian. Virginia has struggled on pass defense this season and their best bet will be to try and disrupt the offense by being aggressive with blitzing. Quarterback Michael Brewer has been effective at times in escaping pressure, but no one would mistake him for a mobile quarterback.
Mike London's job may also hang in the balance in this game. He has not beaten Virginia Tech in his previous five attempts. A win on Saturday would improve Virginia's record to 4-4 in the ACC and would be their best finish in conference play since going 5-3 in 2011.
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