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UVA Football In A Familiar Position

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The UVA football team plays its final non-conference game of the season this Saturday.

The 'Hoos host 3-0 Louisiana Tech from the WAC Conference.

The Bulldogs are averaging over 50 points per game, and are coming off an impressive 28 point win at Illinois.

The 'Hoos now have a record of .500 after losing 27-7 at 17th ranked TCU this past weekend.

The Cavaliers fell behind 20-0, partly because they struggled on third down, converting just 3 of 16 chances.

Michael Rocco threw two interceptions, and for the second game in a row, Phillip Sims relieved Rocco in the 4th quarter.

Head coach Mike London says, "We were able to run the ball a little bit (against TCU), 160-something yards. We threw the ball for almost 200 yards. But ultimately you have to score more than the other team. You have to give up less points than the other team. We have to be able to put the ball in the endzone. When you have four turnovers, that's not going to help."

Coach London says Rocco will start Saturday.

The team says no need to panic at 2-2.

It's the same record they had at this point last year.

Sophomore linebacker D.J. Hill says, "We were sitting in the same spot coming into Week 5. We were 2-2, and we definitely feel like last year wasn't a fluke. That's the team we are, to go to a bowl game every year, and compete for the ACC Championship every year."

London says, "We're in the same situation we were last year, from that mindset, and I think one of the things being back at home and having a chance to play is to regalvanize and get that energy again."

"One of our main objectives throughout the season is just to get better and better every week," says sophomore running back Khalek Shepherd. "We take these last two games as a learning experience, to get better as a unit."

Junior offensive guard Sean Cascarano says, "We certainly don't need to look backward. We know where we sit. We're 2-2, and we're looking forward to Saturday."

UVA will host Louisiana Tech Saturday at 3:30 at Scott Stadium.

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