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Opponent Preview: UVa

Nov. 17, 2011





FSU vs. Clemson

 
 Game Information
 Date Nov. 19, 2011
 Time 7:30 p.m.
 Location Tallahassee, Fla.
 Stadium Doak Campbell Stadium
 Gameday Info FSU vs. Virginia
  
 Series History
 Games Played 17
 Series Record FSU leads 14-2
 Last Meeting 34-14, FSU
  
 Virginia Football
 Location Charlottesville, Va.
 Nickname Cavaliers
 2011 Record 7-3, 4-2 ACC
 2011 Home/Neutral/Road 5-1/0-0/2-2
 Official Website VirginiaSports.com
  
 Coaching Staff
 Head Coach Mike London
 At Miami 11-11 (2nd season)
 Career Record 35-16 (4th season)
 Off. Coordinator Bill Lazor
 Def. Coordinator Jim Reid
  
 Virginia Schedule
 Sept. 3 W, 40-3 vs. William & Mary
 Sept. 10 W,34-31 at Indiana
 Sept. 17 L, 28-17 at North Carolina
 Sept. 24 L, 30-24 vs. Southern Miss
 Oct. 1 W, 21-20 (OT) vs. Idaho
 Oct. 15 W, 24-21 vs. Georgia Tech
 Oct. 22 L, 28-14 vs. NC State
 Oct. 27 W, 28-21 at Miami
 Nov. 5 W, 31-13 at Maryland
 Nov. 12 W, 31-21 vs. Duke
 Nov. 19 at Florida State
 Nov. 26 vs. Virginia Tech

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team caps off both its home and conference schedule in the same day against an upstart Virginia team this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

While FSU’s chance to compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game was dashed last weekend with Clemson’s win over Wake Forest, the Cavaliers still control their own destiny in the Coastal Division. A win over the ‘Noles this weekend and then rival Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale would send the Cavs to their first-ever league title game.

While the Seminoles have never lost to UVa in Tallahassee — they are 8-0 at Doak Campbell Stadium in the series — the Cavaliers are a team under second-year head coach Mike London that has far-exceeded excpectations this season with a 7-3 record. Virginia has been propelled by the running of tailback Perry Jones, who has the chance to eclipse the 1,000-yards rushing mark before the year ends.

With Jones handling most of the workload for a run-first offense, quarterback Michael Rocco has entrenched himself as the starter after splitting time under center through the first seven games of the season.

On the other side of the ball, Virginia has a stout defense that is highlighted by standout cornerback Chase Minnifield. The son of fomer NFL Pro Bowler Frank Minnifield, Chase is the reigning ACC Defensive Back of the Week.

Opponent Read-Up: Virginia Cavaliers
“Cav’s new motto: ‘Let’s make it happen'”… Fredericksburg.com
 
“Virginia Insider: Cavs in control in ACC”… Fox Sports South
 
“Virginia’s potent rushing attack to be put to the test at Florida State”… Washington Post

“Getting to know Florida State’s week 12 foe – Virginia”… Orlando Sentinel

“‘Hoos preparing for Florida State with eyes on Coastal Division crown”… WDBJ7.com
 

 Statistical Leaders
#16 Michael Rocco | 6-3 | 225 | So. | QB
 158-of-267 passing, 1,910, 191.0 avg., 10 TDs, 9 INTs
#33 Perry Jones | 5-8 | 185 |Jr. | RB
 162 rushes, 856 yards, 85.6 avg., 5 TDs,
#18 Kris Burd | 6-1 | 200 | Sr. | WR
 47 catches, 630 yards, 63.0 avg., 1 TD
#53 Steve Greer | 6-2 | 225 | Jr. | LB
 86 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery
   
 Stat Comparison UVaFSU
 Rushing Offense 187.60 (34)120.10 (96)
 Passing Offense232.90 (60)282.70 (19)
 Total Offense420.50 (41)402.80 (52)
 Scoring Offense26.40 (65)34.60 (24)
 Passing Efficiency119.30 (93)158.78 (13)
 Rushing Defense117.10 (25)85.00 (4)
 Passing Defense215.10 (49)194.50 (25)
 Total Defense332.20 (26)279.50 (5)
 Scoring Defense21.60 (31)16.10 (6)
 Pass Eff. Defense115.27 (23)121.03 (41)
 Net Punting36.08 (70)42.56 (2)
 Punt Returns6.22 (89)11.21 (27)
 Kickoff Returns21.71 (59)23.64 (28)
 Turnover Margin-.20 (77).00 (63)
 Sacks1.50 (T-86)3.10 (10)
 Tackles for Loss6.80 (30)7.30 (16)
 Sacks Allowed.80 (10)2.90 (106)

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