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Liberty at Virginia
When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 10, 2018
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia

Virginia hopes to continue its push for a bowl game as it hosts Liberty on Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers are coming off a 23-13 loss to Pittsburgh that knocked them out of the Top 25, while the Flames suffered a heartbreaking 62-59 triple-overtime loss to Massachusetts last week.



Pittsburgh running back Darrin Hall gashed Virginia for 229 yards and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard run in the fourth to put the game away. “This exposed our weakness, and that’s when we played outside our system. We didn’t play clean enough and didn’t execute well enough to take control of the game,” Cavaliers coach Bronco Mendenhall told reporters after the game. Liberty went toe-to-toe with fellow FBS Independent UMass, but quarterback Stephen Calvert threw an interception in the third overtime session, leading to the game-winning field by the Minutemen. The Flames had only themselves to blame, failing to get a stop after letting a 14-point lead vanish over the final 6:42 of regulation.

TV: 3 p.m. ET, ACC Network. LINE: Virginia -23.5.



ABOUT LIBERTY (4-4): Liberty couldn’t stop UMass receiver Andy Isabella - though not many teams have been able to - as the FBS leader in receptions and receiving yards hauled in nine catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns. The defense surrendered 777 yards to UMass, including 708 in regulation - the most Liberty has allowed in school history. The Flames’ offense, however, had no trouble moving the ball against the Minutemen as they compiled 488 total yards, led by receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden's nine catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns and running back Frankie Hickson’s 133 rushing yards and two scores.

ABOUT VIRGINIA (6-3): Defensive injuries hurt Virginia against Pitt as three starters and a replacement missed parts of the second half, allowing Hall to run wild. Defensive end Mandy Alonso (lower body) has been ruled out against Liberty, but safeties Joey Blount (lower body) and Juan Thornhill (foot) have been listed as starters on this week’s depth chart and should play. The Cavaliers will need to establish some sort of running game against the Flames after rushing for only 44 yards on 26 carries against Pitt.



EXTRA POINTS

1. This is the first meeting between the two teams as Liberty plays its first season as a provisional FBS member.

2. Virginia QB Bryce Perkins is responsible for 134 points on the season, which ranks second in the ACC.

3. Liberty has scored 40 or more points in five of eight games this season.

PREDICTION: Virginia 35, Liberty 21


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Liberty 4-4 L1 36.9 38.2 3-1 1-3 1-0 0-1 0-3
Virginia 6-3 L1 26.6 19.2 5-1 1-2 5-2 0-0 4-2
Last Meeting
Liberty Virginia
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Liberty N/A
Virginia N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Liberty N/A
Virginia N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Liberty N/A
Virginia N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Liberty N/A
Virginia N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Liberty S. Calvert 55.9 2528 18 11
Virginia B. Perkins 63.9 1828 16 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Liberty F. Hickson 149 678 4.6 8
Virginia J. Ellis 140 729 5.2 7
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Liberty A. Gandy-Golden 51 844 16.5 9
Virginia O. Zaccheaus 60 721 12.0 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Liberty A. Gandy-Golden 9
Virginia J. Ellis 7
Quickchart Matchup
Liberty Liberty Off vs  Virginia Virginia Def
Liberty 477.4 yards
Virginia 326 yards
Liberty 3.8 yards/rush
Virginia 4.1 yards/rush
Liberty 7.9 yards/attempt
Virginia 6.7 yards/attempt
Virginia Virginia Off vs  Liberty Liberty Def
Virginia 374.6 yards
Liberty 524.8 yards
Virginia 4.5 yards/rush
Liberty 5.3 yards/rush
Virginia 7.4 yards/attempt
Liberty 8.2 yards/attempt