Thursday, October 12, 2017

UNC and UVa Renew South's Oldest Rivalry This Saturday

Carolina will renew the South's Oldest Rivalry for the 122nd time when the Tar Heels host the Cavaliers Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Kenan Stadium. UNC fell to 1-5 on the year with a 33-10 loss to No. 21 Notre Dame last weekend in Chapel Hill. Anthony Ratliff-Williams made a leaping touchdown grab late in the first half to pull the Tar Heels within seven, but the Irish outscored the hosts 19-3 the rest of the way to secure the win. Myles Dorn notched his first two career interceptions and Cayson Collins had a career-high 15 tackles to lead the Carolina defense. Virginia opened its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule last Saturday with a 28-21 home win over Duke in Charlottesville. Quin Blanding had a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown and Kurt Benkert tossed three touchdown passes - two to Doni Dowling - as the Wahoos improved to 4-1 on the year. Saturday's game will be broadcast on the ACC's Regional Sports Network, which includes Fox Sports South in most North Carolina markets.

South's Oldest Rivalry Quick Facts
  • North Carolina leads the series with Virginia, 63-54-4, and has won seven straight in the series for the first time since winning nine in a row from 1974-82.
  • Last season in Charlottesville, Mitch Trubisky hit Bug Howard from 40 yards out on a trick play to spark a 21-0 run and the No. 22 Tar Heels cruised to a 35-14 victory. After losing 14 straight at UVA from 1983- 2008, last year's win was Carolina's fourth in a row at Scott Stadium.
  • In the last meeting in Chapel Hill, Elijah Hood rushed for two touchdowns and Carolina forced five turnovers in a 26-13 win over Virginia. Hood finished with 101 yards rushing and two 3-yard scoring runs, T.J. Logan added a 16-yard TD and Nick Weiler kicked two field goals. UNC broke a 13-all halftime tie by scoring on its first three possessions of the second half, and pitched a second-half shutout.
  • Saturday's game will be the 122nd meeting in the rivalry known as the South's Oldest Rivalry. Only Minnesota and Wisconsin's annual battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe has been played more often (126 times) among FBS rivalries. Miami (Ohio) and Cincinnati also met earlier this year for the 122nd time.
  • North Carolina's final game of the regular season was typically played against Virginia prior to 1950. In fact, from 1919-1950, Carolina played its regular season finale vs. Virginia 28 of 32 times.
  • Eight current Tar Heels are from Virginia: defensive end Malik Carney (Alexandria), defensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke (Alexandria), defensive tackle Aaron Crawford (Ashburn), offensive lineman Jay-Jay McCargo (Alexandria), wide receiver Dazz Newsome (Hampton), defensive end Tyler Powell (Midlothian), cornerback Patrice Rene (Alexandria) and cornerback M.J. Stewart (Arlington).