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College Football
Preview
North Carolina at Virginia
When: 12:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia

Despite a solid defensive effort, Virginia lost control of its fate of the ACC Coastal Division lead with a 20-13 loss at Duke last week. The Cavaliers look to bounce back Saturday when they host North Carolina in another conference battle. The Tar Heels have won four straight in the series.

North Carolina finds itself in the same predicament as last season. Then, the Tar Heels bounced back from a four-game losing streak by winning six of their last seven games capped by a bowl victory. North Carolina snapped this season's four-game slide by rallying past Georgia Tech 48-43 last week, but its monstrous defensive woes continue as the Tar Heels are ranked next-to-last in the nation in points allowed per game.

TV: Noon ET, ESPN3. LINE: Virginia -7

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (3-4, 1-2 ACC): The Tar Heels snapped their month-long skid last week as T.J. Logan scored the game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds left. Marquise Williams, who continues to carry the offense, completed a school-record 38 passes and added 73 yards on the ground. The Tar Heels have allowed at least 34 points in their last five games, a streak started when East Carolina hung 70 points on them.

ABOUT VIRGINIA (4-3, 2-1): Things may be easier for the Cavaliers' offense this week after being frustrated at Duke last week scoring a season-low in points despite outgaining the Blue Devils 465-334. Quarterback Matt Johns went 22-of-45 for 325 yards against Duke subbing for Greyson Lambert (63-for-97, 564 yards), who suffered an ankle injury three games ago. Lambert is not listed on the injury report and has dressed for the past two games, but has not played.

EXTRA POINTS

1. North Carolina is 0-3 on the road.

2. All three of Virginia's losses are by eight points or less.

3. The Tar Heels are allowing 43.3 points per game.

PREDICTION: Virginia 27, North Carolina 24
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
North Carolina 3-4 W1 38.7 43.3 3-1 0-3 3-4 0-0 1-2
Virginia 4-3 L1 29.0 22.1 4-1 0-2 4-3 0-0 2-1
Last Meeting
North Carolina Virginia
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/9/13 UVA 14 UNC 45 415 201 214 316 112 204
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
North Carolina M. Williams 53.6 185 2 1
Virginia D. Watford 46.7 129 0 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
North Carolina R. Morris 4 48 12.0 0
Virginia K. Parks 24 100 4.2 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
North Carolina Q. Davis 5 65 13.0 1
Virginia K. Johnson 5 59 11.8 1
Touchdowns Player TD
North Carolina M. Williams 2
Virginia K. Johnson 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
North Carolina M. Williams 64.5 1776 15 6
Virginia M. Johns 55.8 1012 8 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
North Carolina M. Williams 91 448 4.9 4
Virginia K. Parks 120 502 4.2 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
North Carolina M. Hollins 24 435 18.1 5
Virginia M. Gooch 23 349 15.2 1
Touchdowns Player TD
North Carolina M. Hollins 5
Virginia K. Parks 4
Quickchart Matchup
North Carolina Off vs  Virginia Def
453.9 yards
331.3 yards
4.1 yards/rush
3 yards/rush
7.1 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt
Virginia Off vs  North Carolina Def
407.3 yards
522.7 yards
4.3 yards/rush
4.8 yards/rush
6.6 yards/attempt
8.7 yards/attempt