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UVA Football Has 'Must Win' Game Thursday

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During Virginia's bye week last month, Virginia football coach Mike London preached about his team winning the month of November.

Right now the 'Hoos are 2-0 this month, and as a result, Virginia's hopes for a bowl game are still alive heading into Thursday nights nationally televised game against North Carolina at Scott Stadium.

The Cavaliers beat Miami in dramatic fashion on Saturday, winning 41-40 in the final seconds.

Virginia improved its record to 4-6 with two games left.

Mike Rocco threw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns against Miami, and at one point completed 18 consecutive passes, which set a school record.

Monday he was named the ACC offensive player of the week.

Rocco led a game winning drive in the final minutes, hitting tight end Jake McGee for the game wining touchdown with 6 seconds left.

The back-to-back wins has helped the team's confidence. @

London says, "We have to continue to keep doing that, continue to play confident, even though Carolina is a very, very good team, we have to play with that passion and energy. I think you saw it again. We look at this thing as another team in November. It's another opportunity. This game is the most important game."

Senior linebacker Steve Greer says, "I think the tank is still full. I think we're full steam ahead. I think we're excited, and motivated, and playing with confidence right now. I think we all kind of knew what type of team we could be if we didn't make mistakes, and quit holding ourselves back."

The UVA football team will play its first Thursday night home game in six years when they host North Carolina in the south's oldest rivalry.

There's little time to celebrate the Miami win on a short week, as the 'Hoos have another must-win game Thursday.

Senior linebacker LaRoy Reynolds says, "As soon as the (Miami) game was over, we went, 'Alright. North Carolina.' It's like a tournament, a four game playoff. The only thing you can do is think about the next game, working to get this bowl bid."

London says, "People are ruled by the psychology of results. You win a big game, a homecoming game on someone else's turf, and you come home, and play a very good team, and win in the last second, that helps the psyche a little bit. That helps the mentality of our team."

UVA and UNC kick off Thursday night at 7:30 at Scott Stadium.

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