South's Oldest Rivalry Renews Saturday

South's Oldest Rivalry Renews Saturday

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Carolina completes a two-game road swing Saturday when the Tar Heels visit Virginia at Scott Stadium at 12:20 p.m. The meeting will be the 123rd edition of the South's Oldest Rivalry, the most-played series involving Atlantic Coast Conference programs.

UNC is 1-5 on the year and 1-3 in the league following a 40-37 loss at Syracuse last Saturday. Carolina rallied from a halftime deficit to lead 27-20 late in regulation before the Orange forced overtime. After the teams traded touchdowns in the first extra period, SU prevailed on freshman Tommy DeVito's third TD pass of the day, a 4-yard strike to Ravian Pierce.

Virginia is 5-2 and 3-1 in conference play after a 28-14 win at Duke last weekend. Quarterback Bryce Perkins ran for two scores and threw for a third for the Cavaliers, who sit tied for first place in the ACC Coastal alongside Virginia Tech after the Hokies' loss to Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Saturday's game will be broadcast on Raycom Sports and locally on WRAL.

Records: North Carolina 1-5 (1-3 ACC), Virginia 5-2 (3-1 ACC)
Rankings: Both teams are unranked in the AP and Coaches Poll
TV: Raycom. Tom Werme (play-by-play) Dave Archer (analyst) and Lericia Harris (sideline) have the call.
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network (click to listen), a division of Learfield Communications. Jones Angell (play-by-play), Brian Simmons (analyst) and Lee Pace (sideline) have the call.
On The Web: | UNC Notes (PDF) | Virginia Notes (PDF)
Twitter: @TarHeelFootball, @CoachFedora | @UVAFootball

• North Carolina leads the series with Virginia, 64-54-4. Prior to last year's 20-14 setback in Chapel Hill, UNC had won seven straight in the series for the first time since winning nine in a row from 1974-82.
• In the Tar Heels' last trip to Charlottesville, Mitch Trubisky hit Bug Howard from 40 yards out on a trick play to spark a 21-0 run and No. 22 UNC cruised to a 35-14 victory.
• After losing 14 straight at UVA from 1983-2008, the 2016 win marked Carolina's fourth in a row at Scott Stadium.
• Saturday's game will be the 123rd meeting in the matchup known as the South's Oldest Rivalry. Only Minnesota and Wisconsin's annual battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe has been played more often (127 times) among FBS rivalries. Miami (Ohio) and Cincinnati also met earlier this year for the 123rd time.
• North Carolina's final game of the regular season was typically played against Virginia prior to 1950. From 1919-1950, Carolina played its regular season finale against Virginia 28 of 32 times.
• Eight current Tar Heels are from Virginia: defensive end Malik Carney (Alexandria), defensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke (Alexandria), defensive end Chris Collins (Richmond), defensive tackle Aaron Crawford (Ashburn), offensive lineman Jay-Jay McCargo (Alexandria), wide receiver Dazz Newsome (Hampton), defensive lineman Tyler Powell (Midlothian) and cornerback Patrice Rene (Alexandria).
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