Cavalier Corner

February 2020

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20 CAVALIER CORNER BY BRAD FRANKLIN A STREAK 15 YEARS IN THE making was broken. Virginia made its first-ever appearance in the Atlantic Coast Confer- ence Championship Game. And the Cavaliers also made it back to a New Year's Six bowl game for just the sec- ond time in school history, while their quar- terback broke the total offense record in just two full seasons. It was that kind of year for UVA and one that many won't forget for a long, long time. The Wahoos finished 9-5 this fall — win- ning their last four regular-season games, including a 39-30 victory over archrival Virginia Tech to take home both the Com- monwealth Cup for the first time since 2004 and the Coastal Division title for the first time ever. That victory punched their ticket to the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C., and also put them in a position to rep- resent the ACC in the Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami. Despite falling to No. 2 Clemson (62-17), the Cavaliers came out swinging against No. 6 Florida in the bowl game and saw their comeback fall just short at 36-28. "I'm really proud of my team," head coach Bronco Mendenhall said late that night following the loss to the Gators. "The culture we've established, the competitive spirit, the intensity and the camaraderie that's displayed from beginning to end. We're on a mission to just simply establish that you can have world-class academics and be at the top tier of college football as well. "That's what's happening at the Univer- In just two years of action, quarterback Bryce Perkins led UVA to 17 wins and leaves as the school's all-time leader in total yardage (7,910 yards), surpassing Shawn Moore's career record set from 1987-90. PHOTO BY MATT RILEY/COURTESY UVA LEGACY CLASS UVA's Fourth-Years Led The Football Program From Adversity To Prosperity 2020 VIRGINIA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Date Opponent Sept. 7 vs. Georgia* Sept. 12 VMI Sept. 19 Connecticut Sept. 26 at Clemson Oct. 3 North Carolina Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech Oct. 24 at Old Dominion Oct. 31 Miami Nov. 7 Louisville Nov. 13 at Duke Nov. 21 Pittsburgh Nov. 28 at Virginia Tech *Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes- Benz Stadium in Atlanta

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