No. 20 UVa Football Ready for 'Crazy Atmosphere' in Miami
MIAMI, Fla. (WVIR) - UVa players and coaches say they were watching last weekend, when Miami fell behind 28-0 at home to Virginia Tech, then scored five of the next six touchdowns, to tie the game.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, "Man, the skill position players are fast so on any given play. A ball can be handed off to someone, and they can go all the way, or the ball can be thrown to someone, and he can go all the way. That's always an inherent threat that's in the background of your preparation."
Miami switched quarterbacks in that game.
Backup N'Kosi Perry threw four touchdowns and racked up over 400 yards passing.
Hurricane quarterbacks also threw four interceptions in that game.
"It excites you," says junior safety Joey Blount. "I think the best part of being a DB is you make the highlights interceptions. But that also means they are throwing the ball a lot, so you have to be ready."
As for Virginia, the 'Hoos only had 4 yards rushing in their last game, and Bryce Perkins was sacked eight times.
Coaches say the offensive line as been a focal point in practice.
"Very deliberate work up front," says offensive coordinator Robert Anae. "Communication, technique, and being accountable for what you do up front."
Virginia beat Miami last year in Charlottesville, but has lost the last three to the Hurricanes in Miami.
Junior defensive end Charles Snowden says, "That atmosphere is still the craziest I've ever played in. it was like a party in the stands. it was like south beach Miami.
Defensive coordinator Kelly Poppinga says, "What I do know about Miami football is the community is really passionate down there. It's going to be a fun place to play, no matter what, fans or not. Ii think our guys will be ready to play, and they're excited to get back on the field."
Virginia and Miami kickoff on Friday at eight o'clock.