UVA concludes its 2020 football season, declines postseason bowl game
The University of Virginia athletics department announced on Sunday that the football program has completed its 2020 season and will decline to participate in any postseason bowl game. Mendenhall is in his fifth season with the Cavaliers and under him, UVA has made three consecutive appearances in postseason bowl games. The Cavs were at the Military Bowl in 2017, the Belk Bowl in 2018 and the Orange Bowl in 2019. This is the first time in three years they will not participate in a postseason bowl game. I think it is appropriate for this team.”UVA was projected to participate in one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s affiliated bowl games in 2020.
UVA remains motivated, focused for Cup Clash
UVA’s riding a 4 game win streak where they’ve scored 44 , 31, 55 and 43 points. New quarterback Brennan Armstrong is playing like a veteran in the back half of his first season as a starter. The Hokies have been headed in the opposite direction..losers of four straight..and with an offense that’s been ravaged by injuries. Regardless..the veterans on the “Hoos defense are aware the potential is there, and the circumstances don’t matter on Saturday night. The Cavaliers and Hokies kick off from Lane Stadium in Blacksburg Saturday night at 8 p.m.
Cavaliers welcome Abilene Christian to Charlottesville
Charlottesville, Va. – The Cavaliers are in the midst of a season rebound of epic proportions. UVA’s 2020 plus one---is 1-4 Abilene Christian--an FCS opponent from West Texas- that has never traveled to Virginia--for any game. It’s not like all we need to prepare for a certain team, like yeah the game plan is going to change but the preparation is just on us,” Cavaliers defensive end Mandy Alonzo said. You got to tell these young guys like ‘every week is the same here at in this program’ you know, middle of the week’s gonna be really hard and you got to prepare hard to plan opponent every week,” Cavaliers tight end Grant Misch says. Abilene Christian and Virginia are set to kickoff at 4 p.m. from Scott Stadium.
Hokies prep for Pitt, UVA for Abilene Christian
Blacksburg, VA. – The Hokies have Pitt on deck, but it’s all pending the Covid situation. Pitt’s game with Georgia Tech was moved to December 12th as the team battles Covid issues. The Panthers paused football activities, but Hokies coach Justin Fuente says this ‘pending situation’ should not affect the teams preparation. Meanwhile Virginia has their lone departure from ACC play this weekend when they host FCS foe Abilene Christian. There weren’t many that could play or would play or had this date available to play," Bronco explained.
Virginia looks to ‘restart’ momentum after a week on ice
Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia will be two weeks removed from their 44-41 upset thriller over then 15th-ranked North Carolina. The unexpected covid delay on the Louisville visit left the Cavaliers with a big ball of momentum, and nowhere to roll. “It’s the same motivation week in and week out stay in detail we take it as an opportunity to study up a little bit more on Louisville before playing this weekend,” Cavaliers safety DeAngelo Amos says. Stopping the run game being able to contain that and getting after them is really something that is really key in this game. Louisville and Virginia kick off from Charlottesville Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Cavs hoping to keep potent ‘Heels offense in check
Virginia’s trip to South Florida confirmed that the Cavaliers have the foundation to withstand the storm of a top 15 ranked opponent. But the five point loss, while a morale victory, still left the Cavs at a disappointing 1-4. The momentum in Miami centered around the return of starting quarterback Brennan Armstrong. The lefty dual threat signal caller brings the skills and the leadership to make the Cavs a much more dangerous group. The 'Heels check in 4-1 and ranked 15th, sporting a total offense that’s averaging 531 yards and nearly 38 points per game--that’s 8th in the nation.
Hokies, Cavs regrouping after weekend losses
Virginia – Virginia tech is back to the grind with another road challenge on tap. This week the defense will have its hands full with a Louisville team that has speed in multiple skill positions. Saturday’s matchup will be the first time the Hokies and Cardinals will meet since the 2006 Gator Bowl. With this particular team this particular year, but the output, like what we can contribute is really where they are. And man I, we had a meeting this morning early and they’re resilient, they’re tough and they’re anxious to play again,” Mendenhall explained.
UVA hopes to weather the big play Hurricanes’ storm
UVA returned 9 starters from last year’s Orange Bowl squad, but they’ve fallen victim to a bushel of big plays to the tune of allowing nearly 35 points per game. The 4-1 Hurricanes counter with the big play swag that they were known for in their heyday. So going oh and four in your favorite stadium is probably not a great way to go out. So for me I’m excited for the opportunity and playing a great team and a great stadium I think guys are already to kind of get off the Schneid,” Virginia senior linebacker Charles Snowden says. The Cavaliers take on the Hurricanes beginning Saturday night at 8 p.m. from Miami Gardens, Florida.
UVA hopes to bounce back vs Wake Forest
Charlottesville, VA. – It doesn’t take a mathematician to understand why UVA is off to a 1-2 start. Starter Brennan Armstrong is in concussion protocol. In his 4th season with the program and has the full support of his teammates. UVA’s job is deciphering a 1-2 Wake Forest team that has the same two losses as UVA does-Clemson, and NC State. Virginia and Wake Forest are set to kick at 4 p.m. from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Virginia, Virginia Tech both regrouping after losses
Charlottesville, VA. – Virginia got an early season test of adversity when starting quarterback Brennan Armstrong left the game with a head injury, later diagnosed as a concussion. The backup quarterback, redshirt junior quarterback Lindell Stone was forced to step in in the second quarter. “Yeah Lendell Stone is our quarterback. He understands coverage so quickly, understands them pre-snap and maximizes his resources,” head Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. Meanwhile Virginia tech suffered its first loss on Saturday to the high octane Tar Heels.
Lord Botetourt’s Dewease earns number in Bronco’s program
The system is why is speaks volumes that former Lord Botetourt standout Jake Dewease earned his number -- 51 last week. Jake just tries hard every day. He just tries hard which is so valuable for life. He’s tough, he’s competitive and he just tries hard every single day. Now a redshirt freshman with the Cavaliers, Dewease was a 2-time all-state defensive back and all-state wide receiver under coach Jamie Harless at Lord Botetourt.
Cavaliers return home to face ‘unfamiliar’ ACC foe
Charlottesville, VA. – The Wolfpack--are one of the those ACC predators which don’t cross paths with the Cavs very often. So it’s difficult, and and there’s certainly some unknowns and certainly adjusting that happens just as the game plays out." “I mean I think everybody’s good. And so you have to be on your a game at all times," Virginia defensive coordinator Nick Howell said. The Cavaliers take on the Wolfpack on noon Saturday from Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.
Lawrence's 3 TDs lead No. 1 Clemson to 41-23 win vs Virginia
CLEMSON, S.C. – Trevor Lawrence was happy with Clemson's win over Virginia. Lawrence threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns as Clemson opened 3-0 for the sixth straight year with a 41-23 victory over the Cavaliers on Saturday night. However, like so often the past few years when pressed, Clemson and Lawrence found what it took to succeed. Rodgers had two TD catches in the final six minutes of the opening half to give Clemson a 24-3 lead that Virginia could not overcome. That's when Lawrence found Etienne for a final scoring throw to restore Clemson's momentum.
Virginia set to open against Duke
Charlottesville, Va. – When last we saw UVA in competition, they were giving top-ten Florida all they wanted in the Orange Bowl. “It’s kind of a blessing in disguise, I mean all this time before our first game. And thanks to some fortunate scheduling, they’ve been on the field twice-- while UVA hasn’t seen a stitch of game action yet. “I mean, they’ve already had two game like situations and so they already know what playing in the era of Covid is like whereas we don’t,” Cavaliers linebacker Charles Snowden said. The Duke-Virginia kickoff is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday from Charlottesville.
UVA opens fall practice, Liberty forges ahead in midst of uncertain future
UVA opened fall football practice with another set of testing results in tow. The defending Coastal Division champion Cavaliers stepped through Monday mornings workout with a backdrop of uncertainly swirling around college football. In the wake of the swirling rumors, college football players have started the #wewanttoplay movement. Putting forth a complete list of protocols to make the games happen, including the right to opt out having eligibility guaranteed, and creating a College Football Players Association. Im totally supportive of the fact of our players that want to play, Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze said.
Local college coaches, teams make statements in response to recent social injustice
Many college athletes have been pondering the same thing while also speaking out, which is why the Virginia Tech football program recently held a team meeting via Zoom. Virginia Tech Football Statement pic.twitter.com/YpXxEcvkPp Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) May 31, 2020The program reiterated that they remain committed to being part of a solution to the problem, striving to work and live together in harmony.Coaches from the University of Virginia also released statements over the weekend. My Lord teaches faith without works is dead and loving one another with kindness and compassion filled with good deeds is the right way, said Bennett. That is the right way. Unified diversity is powerful and right, and the prayer of my heart for these times, Bennett said.
Louisville rallies before holding off Virginia 28-21
Avery #9 of the Louisville Cardinals reaches to recover a fumble by Joe Reed #2 of the Virginia Cavaliers on October 26, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. Cardinals running back Javian Hawkins and an opportunistic defense also made their marks in a hard-earned victory over Virginia. Cunningham carried 11 times for 97 yards including a 48-yarder overshadowed by an even bigger play that put Louisville ahead for good. Bryce Perkins' 4-yard scoring pass to Tavares Kelly made it 28-21 with 21 seconds left, and Virginia recovered the onside kick two seconds later at the Louisville 41. Hawkins also had a 2-yard TD run as the Cardinals outgained Virginia 360-311 on a cool, soggy day.
Perkins, defense lead Virginia in 48-14 rout of Duke
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 19: Bryce Perkins #3 of the Virginia Cavaliers rushes away from Brandon Hill #32 of the Duke Blue Devils in the first half during a game at Scott Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bryce Perkins ran for three touchdowns and Wayne Taulapapa ran for two as the Cavaliers rolled, 48-14, their fifth consecutive victory against the Blue Devils. It was the first time the Blue Devils crossed midfield all game. Virginia: The Cavaliers caught a break in the first half when Perkins dove over the pile for the end zone and fumbled. UP NEXTThe Blue Devils are on the road again, facing North Carolina on Saturday.
UVA football fans in Charlottesville praise program's turnaround
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia is known as a basketball school, but Charlottesville showed signs of becoming a football town Saturday. UVA fans in Charlottesville donned their orange and blue ahead of the team's big matchup against Notre Dame in South Bend. The Hoos lost to the Fighting Irish 35 to 20, but fans are still optimistic at how far the program has come under coach Bronco Mendenhall. "I'm not used to having good football teams back at my high school, so having a really good football team is just amazing." Younger fans, such as 13-year-old Landon Sutton, say they appreciate the team's success so far.
UVA buying in to Bronco's selfless approach
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The keys to UVA's football turnaround include a culture change to the 'all in','all for one and one for all' mentality that coach Bronco Mendenhall has brought. His players explain that everybody wants to lend a hand on every play. "This year I feel as our culture has hit top shape and I mean everyone's bought in. Virginia takes its 3-0 record and number 21 ranking into a home contest against in-state rival Old Dominion this weekend. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
No. 25 Virginia barely hangs on, beats Seminoles 31-24
25 Cavaliers handed Florida State another gut-wrenching defeat. "Anyone that was in the stadium today witnessed an amazing football game," Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. The Cavaliers (3-0, 2-0 ACC) stopped Florida State on the next three plays, and Bryce Perkins led Virginia down the field. With the game tied at 17, Blackman hit Tamorrion Terry for 17 yards on third-and-10 from the FSU 25, and the Seminoles went up-tempo. Florida State has been outscored 52-21 in the fourth quarter.
Perkins, Reed pace Virginia in rout of William & Mary, 52-17
William & Mary (1-1) got its only points against Virginia's first team after recovering a muffed punt at the Cavaliers' 13 yard-line in the second quarter. "If there is a time to have those, now was the time," coach Bronco Mendenhall said of Perkins' miscues. The Cavaliers also scored on Nick Grant's 85-yard interception return and freshman Mike Hollins' 9-yard run on his first college attempt. MILESTONESThe game was the first for Virginia since they beat Duke 49-28 in 1989 that the Cavs did not have to punt. Virginia: The Cavaliers play the second of three consecutive home games, hosting Florida State.
Bronco Mendenhall impressed with depth of first-year class
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- - University of Virginia football is only 10 days away from their season opener at Pitt. While no depth chart has been released, head coach Bronco Mendenhall has his mind made up on whether his freshmen will fill out the backup positions. "Our program is in a healthier place; however, there could be up to 10 first years that play. And that's based on how strong our first year class is," Mendenhall said. The depth they're adding, the athleticism, and the physicality, we did a nice job in the selection process of this class."
UVA football making strides in day six of fall camp
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Wahoos hit the day six mark on Thursday of their fall camp. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall said Thursday's camp focused on situational plays and urgency in practice. The first drill of the day was for special teams and blocking kicks. "The team is handling the work load and situational type of football we're playing at a pretty high level for practice six," Mendenhall said. "So again, we're playing more football, more contextual football, more football under pressure situations earlier than what we have been able to do.
Virginia Cavaliers ready to meet expectations in 2019
ROANOKE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers have been moving in an upward trajectory under fourth-year coach Bronco Mendenhall, and there's lots of excitement and high expectations for the Cavaliers in 2019 -- and for good reason. Even with just a few practices under their belts, the Cavaliers attitude and confidence are in alignment. "Our team is confident and our attitude is, I think, really positive and our leadership has emerged," said Mendenhall. Virginia opens the season on the road at Pittsburgh on Aug. 31. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
Syracuse and UVA looking forward to meeting with Liberty football
- Head coach of Syracuse, Dino Babers, says, "Our opening opponent is Liberty University. Coach Hugh Freeze does a fantastic job on offense. Syracuse will be opening their season at Liberty on August 31st. Bronco Mendenhall, head coach of the UVA Cavaliers said, "In terms of Hugh Freeze and his track record in terms of success, speaks for itself. His offensive ingenuity and I think that is certainly what Liberty wanted in terms of a football coach and that's who they got."
UVA after Coastal championship, Tech regrouping after shaky 2018
CHARLOTTE, Va. - Day two of the ACC Kickoff showcased the seven Coastal Division teams on Thursday. Virginia finished 8-5 last season but the catch is they're the only team in the Coastal who has never won a division championship. We have as good of a chance as anyone on our side of the division to win this league." "Everybody believes that we can win the Coastal, and everybody should think that. "Thats the biggest thing for us and thats something weve drilled all offseason."
Busy signing day in Southwest Virginia
The second national signing day for the 2019 class in southwest Virginia meant a couple of key acquisitions for our Commonwealth colleges, and lots of local talent continuing their athletic and academic careers. Meanwhile at Virginia, the building process continues with head coach Bronco Mendenhall. Tackle Josmeer Blake and receiver/cornerback Aaron Moore both signed letters of intent to play for Glenville State College in West Virginia. Giving an example to the younger kids that one day being on that stage is possible," Weaver said. Other Eagles moving on include Quenton Elam to Virginia State and Marquis Carter to Ferrum.
Hokies headed to Military Bowl versus Cincinnati
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Hokies late season rally to win their final two games has produced an invitation to the Military Bowl. Virginia Tech (6-6) will battle Cincinnati (10-2) in a rematch of the 2014 Military Bowl, won by the Hokies 33-17. It will be the second appearance for each team in the Military Bowl. Virginia Tech (6-6) will be playing in a bowl game for the 26th consecutive season, the nation's longest active streak. The Hokies beat the Thundering Herd, 41-20 to capture their sixth win of the season and become bowl eligible.
UVA Football Self-Reports Level II NCAA Infraction
Charlottesville (WSLS-10 Sports)- The UVA Athletics department has self-reported a violation of NCAA rules by the football program involving impermissible contacts. The contacts have resulted in a Level II violation. We have already taken steps with our compliance staff to improve our training and rules education to ensure we meet that standard. There were a total of 32 violations, elevating the overall violation to Level II status. We are committed to abiding by all NCAA rules and I expect our entire athletics department to operate with that goal in mind."