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Cavaliers Looking to Improve Offense Against Ball State

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After last weekend's performance, the UVA football team shouldn't be underestimating anyone.

Ball State comes to Scott Stadium this weekend with a 4-1 record.

The Falcons, from Muncie, Indiana, are averaging 40 points, and 472 yards per game.

That's better than Virginia's offense.

Cavalier offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild says the offense needs to improve in every area in a hurry.

Fairchild says Virginia will bring more wide receivers into the rotation, after Wahoo receivers dropped 10 passes against Pitt.

The Cavaliers are also making changes on the offensive line as well as freshman Eric Smith will get the start at right tackle.

Saturday is a good chance for Virginia to get back on track.

Head coach Mike London says, "Ball state is an excellent team.  They put up a lot of numbers against some of the teams they played.  50 points, 40 points.  Our best effort is going to be needed.  Playing well, trying to fix things we've been looking to get fixed is important."

Quarterback David Watford says, "Just focusing on getting our offense to that level that we can execute at that level that our defense does.  This game is really important for us.  It could be the turning point of the season.  Just get this win, string some things together, and get to a bowl game.  That's what we want to do."

Freshman running back Taquan 'Smoke' Mizzell is expected to play Saturday after missing the last two games with a sprained ankle.

Virginia and Ball State kick off Saturday at noon against Ball State.

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