Editor’s note: Article originally published on 11/04/2019.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia football team will wrap up the regular season with three straight home games starting with Saturday’s contest against Georgia Tech.
The 'Hoos have a record of 4-2 in the ACC, sitting atop the Coastal Division and controlling their own destiny for a division title.
“We know what’s at stake,” says UVA junior safety Chris Moore. “All of our goals are still there, just take it one week at a time.”
“Best situation that we could be in,” says UVA junior defensive end Mandy Alonso. “Just being home games and the bye week coming up. It’s just perfect going into postseason play.”
Bryce Perkins has been named the ACC Quarterback of the Week. He set a UVA single-game record Saturday racking up 490 total yards. Some of the credit goes to Virginia’s offensive line which played better.
Guard Chris Glaser says, “Once we played to the level we can it gives him the opportunity to move around in the pocket and be the explosive player that he really is.”
“Bryce had a lot of time,” says coach Bronco Mendenhall. “An appropriate amount of time to throw and deliver the ball effectively. He was not under duress consistently. So it was a nice step in the right direction.”
Perkins was able to throw for 380 yards and three touchdowns against North Carolina. Virginia racked up over 500 total yards in the win.
“I like exactly where we are,” says Mendenhall. “If we could replicate that game three more times, I would take it today and not play the game. I was really encouraged with what I saw.”
“I think we regained a lot of confidence,” says Alonso. “Just heading into these last three games it’s very important that we have this confidence.”
The games are all at home, starting Saturday with Georgia Tech.
“We’re certainly glad to be home but we wanted to demonstrate that we were capable and could win on the road before we came home,” says Mendenhall. “That became really important, not only for the team but for the program.”
Virginia hosts Georgia Tech this Saturday at 3:30pm. The 'Hoos then have a bye week, before hosting Liberty on Saturday November 23 and Virginia Tech on Friday, November 29.