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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Virginia Cavaliers Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


Virginia sits atop the ACC Coastal Division entering Saturday's home game versus Georgia Tech, and Bryce Perkins begins the stretch drive after a career outing last week against North Carolina. The senior became the fifth FBS quarterback since 2000 to pass for 350-plus yards with three touchdowns and rush for 100-plus yards with two touchdowns against a Power-5 opponent, totaling a school-record 490 yards of total offense in a 38-31 road victory.

The Cavaliers finish the regular season with three consecutive home games - including matchups against non-conference foe Liberty and ACC rival Virginia Tech - but even with the big showing by Perkins last week, Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall told reporters Monday his team cannot afford to slip this week against the struggling Yellow Jackets. "All the North Carolina game did was make this one more important than even that one," he said. The Yellow Jackets sit last in the Coastal and, despite forcing three turnovers, could not hold off Pittsburgh in a 20-10 home loss last week. "Getting turnovers was a big deal," Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins told reporters after the loss, as the Yellow Jackets converted those turnovers to just seven points. "The thing is, looking back, we need to capitalize on those turnovers."

TV: 12:30 p.m. ET, RSN. LINE: Virginia -15.5

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH (2-6, 1-4 ACC): Sophomore defensive back Juanyeh Thomas had an outstanding performance against Pitt, recording a career-best eight tackles with two tackles for loss and one interception. Redshirt freshman quarterback James Graham and sophomore quarterback Lucas Johnson combined to complete just 8-of-21 passes for 108 yards with a touchdown and an interception last week. Sophomore running back Jordan Mason is sixth in the ACC in rushing yards per game at 77.8.

ABOUT VIRGINIA (6-3, 4-2): Perkins completed 30-of-39 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns while adding 112 yards and two scores on the ground, winning the Davey O'Brien Foundation's national quarterback of the week honor. Sophomore Wayne Taulapapa leads the Cavaliers with nine rushing touchdowns and ranks second to Perkins (387) in rushing yardage (362) overall. Senior linebacker Jordan Mack is tied for second in the ACC with seven sacks, and the Cavaliers are second in the conference with 34.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Yellow Jackets rank second in the ACC and 20th in the country in pass defense (187.9 yards allowed per game).

2. Perkins leads the ACC and ranks ninth in the nation in total offense (2,568 yards).

3. Georgia Tech WR Ahmarean Brown has four touchdown receptions, most by a Yellow Jackets true freshman since Calvin Johnson (seven, 2004).

Prediction

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News Recaps

Key Players to Watch

Stadium

Scott Stadium
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
Capacity: 61,500

Last Injuries

Virginia Cavaliers

  • Brenton Nelson

    Lower Body
    out for season | out

    Nelson has a lower-body injury that will cost him the remainder of the season.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

  • Kaleb Oliver

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Oliver is nursing an undefined injury, and it is undetermined if he will be in Saturday's lineup versus Virginia Tech.

  • Antwan Owens

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Owens has a leg injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

  • Lucas Johnson

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Johnson missed the previous game with a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will play Saturday against Virginia Tech.

  • Chris Martin

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Martin is dealing with an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Saturday versus Virginia Tech.

  • Bruce Jordan-Swilling

    Foot
    out for season | out

    Jordan-Swilling is sidelined due to a torn ligament in his foot and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • Chico Bennett Jr.

    Lower Body
    out for season | out

    Bennett Jr. is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a lower-body injury.

virginia-cavaliers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Brennan Armstrong 1 0 156.520 0 10 9 1 0 0 0 103
Bryce Perkins 4 0 131.945 0 124 81 4 0 0 6 843
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Bryce Perkins 4 0 193 0 51 2
Wayne Taulapapa 3 0 152 0 39 5
Mike Hollins 1 0 78 0 11 2
PK Kier 4 0 68 0 14 0
Joe Reed 4 0 22 0 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Joe Reed 4 0 215 0 23 0 3
Hasise Dubois 4 0 191 0 16 0 1
Terrell Jana 4 0 174 0 15 0 0
Terrell Chatman 2 0 77 0 4 0 1
Tanner Cowley 4 0 76 0 7 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Jordan Mack 4 0 16 13 0 0 0 0 0 5 28 6
Charles Snowden 4 0 14 14 0 0 0 0 2 3 15 6
Joey Blount 4 0 14 11 0 0 1 9 0 2 12 2
Zane Zandier 4 0 13 16 0 0 1 22 1 2 11 5
Brenton Nelson 4 0 9 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Brian Delaney 4 0 5 8 49 17 16
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Joe Reed 4 0 8 0 100 302
Tanner Cowley 4 0 2 0 14 23
Tavares Kelly 2 0 1 0 28 28
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Hasise Dubois 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Wayne Taulapapa 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Bryce Perkins 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Chris Sharp 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Hasise Dubois 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Joe Reed 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Mike Hollins 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Billy Kemp 3 0 8 0 22 61
Chuck Davis 2 0 2 0 12 12
Noah Taylor 4 0 1 0 2 2
Hasise Dubois 4 0 0 0 7 7