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Virginia Prepares for ACC Opener Saturday at Pittsburgh

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The UVa football team has won a game by 49 points this year (VMI) and lost a game by 49 points (Oregon), now we'll get a better idea for how strong this year's team is when Virginia plays its ACC opener at Pittsburgh Saturday.

"This is our first ACC game so it's a big, big, big stage for us," said UVa junior linebacker, Daquan Romero. He added, "It's a stage for us to show our capability. It's a big stage for us to show everybody what we got."

The Pitt Panthers are led by senior quarterback Tom Savage. On Saturday, Savage tied an ACC record throwing six touchdown passes in one game. He threw for over 400 yards in a wild shootout against Duke which Pitt won 58-55.

It was the Panthers first conference win as a new member of the ACC.  Pitt is 2-1 overall and the win Saturday has gotten Virginia's attention.

Head coach Mike London said, "Being able to run the ball, being able to use the quarterback, being able to throw the ball down field, will present itself with a new challenge, and that's Pittsburgh. Every game will be a test for us as far as are we continuing to improve? Are we stagnant? Are we going backwards? So this will be an important game for us to see are we moving forward?"

Junior Corner back Demetrious Nicholson added, "Oregon, BYU, VMI, just playing together each week helps us to rely on each other and its going to be big this week going into Pitt." 

Kickoff Saturday is at 12:30pm at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

 

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