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Boston College at Virginia
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2020
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia

With everything else turned completely upside-down in 2020, perhaps there's no better time for Virginia to change its luck against Boston College.

The Cavaliers are 0-6 all-time against the Eagles heading into Saturday's home finale in Charlottesville, Va., including an 0-2 record at home and an 0-4 mark since Boston College joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005.

Virginia (4-4, 3-4 ACC) enters with a three-game winning streak but has only played twice since Halloween. Last Saturday's game at Florida State was postponed just hours before kickoff due to COVID-19 concerns within the Seminoles' program.

Boston College (6-4, 5-4 ACC) has alternated wins and losses over its last nine games and is coming off a 34-27 victory at home over Louisville on Saturday. This is the Eagles' final game of the regular season, their first campaign under coach Jeff Hafley.

Boston College lost starting quarterback Phil Jurkovec (left knee) and No. 1 running back David Bailey (upper body) to injuries in the win against the Cardinals, but both were listed atop the depth chart released this week.

"The quarterback is from my area, so I've been watching him a little bit," said UVA linebacker and Pittsburgh native Zane Zandier, who ranks fifth in the ACC with 8.4 tackles per game. "He's been playing pretty well, so it's been cool to see."

A Notre Dame transfer, Jurkovec has completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,558 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions in 10 games. Backup Dennis Grosel completed 4 of 7 attempts for 44 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the win against Louisville.

"It's kind of like riding a bike," said Grosel, who started seven games in 2019. "I did it last year, so I hopped right on and held on for the ride."

Whoever starts on Saturday will face a Virginia secondary that has been playing without starting safeties Joey Blount and Brenton Nelson since October due to injuries.

"It's pending," Cavaliers coach Bronco Mendenhall said when asked if either would return this season. "Joey is closer than Brenton at this point, and so we remain hopeful, is the best way that I could put it."

Virginia ranks last in the ACC in pass defense, allowing 289 yards per game through the air.

Blount and Nelson are part of the senior class that will be honored Saturday at Scott Stadium, where Virginia is 4-1 in 2020 and has won 16 of its last 18 games dating to the start of the 2018 season.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Boston College 6-4 W1 27.4 26.9 4-2 2-2 1-2 0-0 5-4
Virginia 4-4 W3 31.1 28.9 4-1 0-3 4-3 0-0 3-4
Last Meeting
Boston College Virginia
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/21/17 BC 41 UVA 10 512 237 275 247 95 152
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Boston College A. Brown 79.2 275 3 0
Virginia K. Benkert 51.5 126 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Boston College A. Dillon 24 89 3.7 0
Virginia J. Ellis 12 58 4.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Boston College K. White 3 85 28.3 1
Virginia O. Zaccheaus 6 57 9.5 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Boston College T. Sweeney 2
Virginia J. Reed 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Boston College P. Jurkovec 61.0 2558 17 5
Virginia B. Armstrong 57.9 1571 15 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Boston College D. Bailey 127 503 4.0 7
Virginia B. Armstrong 94 399 4.2 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Boston College Z. Flowers 48 712 14.8 7
Virginia B. Kemp IV 52 517 9.9 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Boston College D. Bailey 8
Virginia L. Davis 5
Quickchart Matchup
Boston College Boston College Off vs  Virginia Virginia Def
Boston College 373.2 yards
Virginia 431.5 yards
Boston College 3.3 yards/rush
Virginia 3.7 yards/rush
Boston College 7.6 yards/attempt
Virginia 9.1 yards/attempt
Virginia Virginia Off vs  Boston College Boston College Def
Virginia 420.2 yards
Boston College 404.1 yards
Virginia 4.3 yards/rush
Boston College 4.6 yards/rush
Virginia 6.7 yards/attempt
Boston College 7.5 yards/attempt