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Virginia at Florida State
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2020
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida

The last four Virginia head coaches each recorded one win against Florida State.

Bronco Mendenhall has an opportunity to do what predecessors George Welsh, Al Groh and Mike London never did as his Cavaliers (4-4, 3-4 ACC) look for their second straight win against the Seminoles (2-6, 1-6) on Saturday night in Tallahassee, Fla.

Virginia, which won last year's meeting 31-24 in Charlottesville, is back to .500 thanks to a three-game winning streak against North Carolina, Louisville and last Saturday against FCS opponent Abilene Christian.

Florida State is stuck in a three-game losing streak that likely would have reached four if last Saturday's game against Clemson had not been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. FSU's last win was on Oct. 17.

Still, the Seminoles are 15-4 all-time against the Cavaliers. Virginia's other wins in the series happened in 1995, 2005 and 2011, with only the last happening at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The matchup to watch Saturday is UVA's ferocious pass rush against Florida State's leaky pass protection.

The Cavaliers are tied for seventh in the country with 28 sacks, including 18 in their last four games. The Seminoles have surrendered 28 sacks, third most in the conference.

Virginia won't have sacks leader Charles Snowden, the 6-foot-7 senior linebacker who is out for the season after breaking his ankle in the first quarter of Saturday's 55-15 win. The team captain's streak of 34 consecutive starts comes to an end as he finishes 2020 with 8 1/2 tackles for loss and five sacks.

"Charles' influence on our program has been breathtaking in terms of maturity and growth," Mendenhall said. "... It's hard to separate Charles Snowden and UVA football."

Also injured in the game were defensive end Nusi Malani and safety D'Angelo Amos, and the Cavaliers were already missing starting safeties Joey Blount and Brenton Nelson.

"You wish injury upon nobody, especially someone who's a leader on our team and has such a bright future and just got invited to the Senior Bowl," said Virginia cornerback Nick Grant. "It's devastating, but obviously the season goes on, and next man up."

Matt Gahm is the next man in this case, and the Cavaliers are counting on the senior linebacker to help contain Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis.

Travis, who hasn't played since Nov. 7 due to injuries, has passed for 864 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 469 yards and six scores this season. He takes over for Chubba Purdy, who is out for the season following collarbone surgery last week.

"Jordan's looking good. ... Excited about where he's at," FSU coach Mike Norvell said after watching Travis practice Tuesday. "He's moving well, throwing the ball all around, had some big plays down the field. It was a good workday for him."

Travis passed for 191 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 107 yards and two TDs in the 31-28 win against then-No. 5 North Carolina on Oct. 17.

Florida State will also look for success on the ground against a Virginia team that is 1-4 when allowing 100 or more rushing yards this season. The Seminoles have hit the century mark in all eight games this season.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Virginia 4-4 W3 31.1 28.9 4-1 0-3 4-3 0-0 3-4
Florida State 2-6 L3 22.0 36.1 2-2 0-4 2-4 0-0 1-6
Last Meeting
Virginia Florida State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/14/19 FSU 24 UVA 31 415 120 295 329 95 234
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Virginia B. Perkins 75.0 295 1 2
Florida State J. Blackman 59.5 234 3 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Virginia W. Taulapapa 18 53 2.9 3
Florida State C. Akers 18 78 4.3 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Virginia T. Jana 7 85 12.1 0
Florida State T. Terry 4 78 19.5 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Virginia W. Taulapapa 3
Florida State C. Akers 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Virginia B. Armstrong 57.9 1571 15 8
Florida State J. Travis 52.2 864 4 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Virginia B. Armstrong 94 399 4.2 4
Florida State J. Travis 85 472 5.6 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Virginia B. Kemp IV 52 517 9.9 1
Florida State O. Wilson 29 341 11.8 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Virginia L. Davis 5
Florida State J. Travis 6
Quickchart Matchup
Virginia Virginia Off vs  Florida State Florida State Def
Virginia 420.2 yards
Florida State 464.2 yards
Virginia 4.3 yards/rush
Florida State 5.2 yards/rush
Virginia 6.7 yards/attempt
Florida State 8.3 yards/attempt
Florida State Florida State Off vs  Virginia Virginia Def
Florida State 381 yards
Virginia 431.5 yards
Florida State 4.8 yards/rush
Virginia 3.7 yards/rush
Florida State 5.8 yards/attempt
Virginia 9.1 yards/attempt