'Hoos Confident Heading into Saturday Showdown with #16 MiamiPosted: Updated:
The UVa football team will have had an extra week to prepare, when the 'Hoos host 16th ranked Miami Saturday at 7pm.
Virginia is coming off its "bye" week with a record of 3-2 after losing at NC State.
Miami has a record of 5-1 after a come from behind 28-27 win over Florida State on Saturday.
Last year, the 'Hoos gave the Hurricanes all they could handle in South Florida, before falling 44-28.
The 'Hoos led Miami 14-0 and also 28-14 in the third quarter, before Miami rallied to score the final 30 points of the game.
But Virginia's strong effort gives the team confidence heading into this Saturday's game.
"They believe they are capable and confident in playing with any opponent, including Miami," says UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "What they also know is they need to build their capability and consistency to finish, and that's the task is to play as well as through the majority of the game, then add the other component which is to close it out."
"They won our division last year so that was kind of our takeaway was we can play with anybody in this conference,' says UVA sophomore linebacker, Charles Snowden. "Miami was a top-5 team at that time last year, so that really opened our eyes that if we come in and play like we know we can play, then we can definitely compete with anybody."
"I feel like I didn't play as well. They through the 50-50 ball and I didn't make the play on the ball," says UVa senior cornerback Juan Thornhill. "I was hurt at the time. I really wish I could get that game back. I feel like I'm going to have to make a statement in this game and come out ready to play.
The Virginia vs. Miami football game kicks off at 7pm Saturday night and is televised nationally by ESPN2.