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Virginia 3-5, (2-2) in the ACC
In the news
Blanding earns ACC honor: Sophomore safety Quin Blanding was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance against Georgia Tech. Blanding recorded 15 tackles against the Yellow Jackets, seven in the fourth quarter. He also broke up two tackles including a fourth-down play on Georgia Tech's last offensive drive.
Virginia adds two early enrollees: Mike London announced on Oct. 28 that two members of the 2016 recruiting class will enroll early and participate in spring practice. Placekicker Holland Corbett and linebacker Kenneth Ruff will join Christian Baumgardner, Tre Harbison and Matt Terrell in attending Virginia in January.
Brooks commits: Defensive end Christian Brooks committed to Virginia on Saturday. The standout out of Centreville high school is rated a two-star recruit by Rivals. Brooks also had offers from California, Miami (FL) and Old Dominion among others.
London issues statement on Beamer's retirement: Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer will retire at the end of the season. In the wake of the news, coaches around the country issued statements about the future hall-of-famer including London. You can read his statement here.
Last week's game: 27-21 win over Georgia Tech
The Cavaliers earned their most impressive victory of the season on Saturday over Georgia Tech.
Despite the Yellow Jackets' vaunted triple option, Virginia was able to limit Georgia Tech to 144 rushing yards. Only Clemson has held them to fewer rush yards this season. Virginia actually out-rushed Georgia Tech with 233 yards of their own. Taquan Mizzell and Daniel Hamm combined for 117 yards and the team also got key acquisitions from Olamide Zaccheaus (68 yards on four carries) and Albert Reid (32 yards on seven carries).
After another impressive performance, it is now safe to say that Mizzell is the team's biggest offensive weapon. Along with his 75 rushing yards, he added five catches for 33 yards. At the start of the season, wide receiver Canaan Severin looked like the team's main weapon, but Virginia's inconsistent pass attack has limited Severin's impact. In recent weeks, Mizzell has stepped up to provide the spark the offense so desperately needed.
This week: Virginia vs. Georgia Tech, Sat. 3:00 p.m.
Week 2 of the post Al Golden era in Miami will be hard to top after the Hurricanes' miraculous win over Duke. Sure, Miami's game-winning lateral play shouldn't have counted, but let's not get bogged down in details or rules. They still get to add one to the win column.
The big story to keep an eye on heading into Saturday's game is the status of Miami's Brad Kaaya. The sophomore quarterback missed last week's game due to a concussion and his status for Saturday's game is uncertain. When healthy, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC and that could spell trouble for a Virginia secondary that ranks 87th in the nation in pass defense.
Offensively, you can expect a game plan similar to what we've seen in the past two weeks from Virginia not just because it has been effective, but because of Miami's defense. The Hurricanes rank 101st in the nation in rush defense. Against the pass, however, Miami boasts a secondary full of playmakers. Cornerback Artie Burns has five interceptions on the season. As a team, Virginia has only one. Matt Johns may struggle again to get Severin the ball which means the Hurricanes should expect a healthy dose of Smoke Mizzell.
London has not had much success against ACC opponents in his tenure at Virginia, but the one team he always seems to beat is Miami. UVa has won four of the teams' last five meetings against the Hurricanes. For whatever reason, Virginia just seems to matchup well against Miami. We are about to find out just how much Golden had to do with that.
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