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UVa Football Plays for Pride Against Virginia Tech; Lambert Will Play

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The struggling Virginia football team (2-9, 0-7) is gearing up to take on in-state rival Virginia Tech (7-4, 4-3 ACC) at 3:30 p.m. at Scott Stadium Saturday.

The Cavaliers go into the match up hoping to snap an 8 game losing streak this season, and a nine game losing skid against the Hokies.

Offensive Lineman Morgan Moses said, "it's our last game, its our last time to make a statement. This is our bowl game. We're not playing after this and being able to end on a game like Virginia Tech, a team that probably doesn't like us, we don't like them, I mean it's a great rivalry."

While most teams are aiming to get into a good bowl game at this time of year, Virginia says they're playing for pride and their 7 seniors. Saturday will be the seniors last game in a Cavalier uniform. 

"It doesn't matter our record," said Fullback Billy Skrobacz. "It doesn't matter our score. We're gonna go out there and we're gonna want to execute. You know we aren't really playing for much at this point other than pride and there's some guys on this team who have a lot of pride."

Jake Snyder added, "this whole season, there's that feeling of this is the last time, this is my last first game, this is my last training camp. All of those things. so we're getting to that point in the last couple weeks of the season where those last things keep coming in but as far as game goes and game plan preparation, it's all the same."

Virginia football coach Mike London announced Monday that red-shirt freshman quarterback Greyson Lambert will play in Saturday's season finale against Virginia Tech.

London says David Watford will get the start but Lambert will play as well. He added that its important for Lambert to get some development as the season winds down.

Lambert replaced the struggling Watford for the final seven minutes in Saturday's loss at Miami. Lambert completed 13-of-18 passes for 134 yards. He did fumble against the Hurricanes, but in his last two games, Lambert has completed 21-of-32 passes for 209 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. London feels he has to see more of Lambert now before heading into spring practice.

London said, "At one point in the game last Saturday there were about six-to-seven true freshman on the field playing and its about the development of them as well so we'll find the times and opportunities as well to allow Greyson to get in the game and play but David needs to continue to improve in the areas that he needs to improve in. With one game left we'll continue that path."

"I am here for the team and whatever I can do to help the team," said Lambert. "I mean my goal is to be the best signal caller in the country right now as the back-up quarterback. Everybody needs experience to understand and knowing the speed of a real game. You see things in scout team and in practice and all that kind of stuff but to actually see the guys do it and recognize that I mean that's a big thing for a quarterback."

 

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